Utilities: Turkey Day could clog your pipes

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Colorado Springs Utilities wants you to know that all those fatty foods you're about to ingest could do a number on your pipes. Your wastewater pipes that is. I mean, the ones that are part of your plumbing. I mean, your home's plumbing.

Ahem.

Apparently, a lot of folks discard fat, oil and grease into their sinks, causing backups. That stuff really needs to be thrown into the trash. 

“The fat content in meals is also much higher during the holidays, which is bad for pipes,” Nick Verdi, operations supervisor, states in a (hilarious) press release from CSU.

While it's all rather funny, it's also important to take seriously. See, you're responsible for your home plumbing up to and including the tap, or the connection to the main sewer line. You break it; you fix it. And those repairs can cost anywhere from $100 to more than $10,000 — which should really give you pause when you're thinking of draining the gravy boat down the disposal.

Aside from discarding grease in the trash, most of you will want to make sure your wastewater service lines are cleaned every two years (some folks may need to have them cleaned every three months). 

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