Can I wash fats, oils, grease, and grit (FOGG) down the drain?

No! FOGG from your kitchen and bathroom should be CANNED, not washed down the drain. Putting these greasy FOGG materials down the sink causes 80% of all sewer line clogs. Do your part by properly disposing of them in the trash.

When washed down the drain, FOGG sticks to the inside of sewer pipes. Over time FOGG can build up, block entire pipes, and lead to serious problems. Directly pouring FOGG down the drain is not the only way it gets into the sewer system; it drips off scraps that make their way into the sink and even items that are broken up by the garbage disposal. Washing dishes (either in the sink or dishwasher) can also cause FOGG to get into the pipes if they aren’t wiped down before washing. Using cloth rags or towels to scrape plates or clean greasy dishware can also get FOGG into the sewer when the towels are washed. So, make sure to use something that can go directly into the trash.

What is harmful to the sewer system?

There are a number of items that should never be flushed down the toilet. Non-flushable items can cause problems for residential and business sewer lines in the District.

You can help by never flushing the following:

  • Wipes of any kind. Including the “flushable” ones.
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Rags and towels
  • Tampons, pads, or any other feminine products
  • Cat litter or aquarium gravel
  • Syringes and needles
  • Rubber items such as latex gloves and condoms
  • Band-aids
  • Dental floss
  • Q-Tips, cotton balls, cosmetics, and razors
  • Diapers and underwear
  • Prescription medications (learn how to properly dispose of medications HERE)
  • Cleaning sponges, disposable toilet brushes, and disinfecting wipes
  • Gum, cigarette butts, and cigars
  • Grease or oil

How do I know if my inspection passed?

No news is good news! If you don’t hear from our inspector after your inspection has been done then you are good to go. The pass will be reported to the city.

Other ways you can tell if the inspection has passed:

1. Lateral Inspection – the inspector will mark part of the lateral line in green.

2. Cleanout Inspection – you can give our office a call with the address and someone can look it up.

If your inspection fails, you will get a call from the inspector letting you know what didn’t meet the requirements.

If either inspections fails there is a $50 re-inspection fee will be required before our inspector can go out for a re-inspection. That can be paid with exact cash, check, or credit card (with a processing fee).

What inspections do I need from Ash Creek for a new build?

Ash Creek requires two separate inspections. Both inspections will need to be done before signatures for occupancy will be given.

A Lateral Inspection is done by one of our inspectors before the lateral line is buried.

Then, a Cleanout Inspection is done to ensure the sewer cleanout(s) are installed correctly.

Please see the Sewer Cleanout Details page for photos and details about the sewer cleanout. Keep in mind that if any inspection is not ready, is incomplete, or fails there is a $50 re-inspection fee that will need to be paid at our office before our inspector can re-inspect.