Crunch time begins now for the Sacramento Area Sewer District.
"We actually get about 60% more grease-related stoppages during the holidays which is a little bit before Thanksgiving and all the way through New Years."
Patrick Schroeder is an engineer with the district. The agency is responsible for maintaining sewer pipes throughout Sacramento County including the cities of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove.
Schroeder says greasy leftovers scraped down the drain can ultimately cause sewer backups.
"It seems like it runs through pretty easy but eventually it starts getting cold inside those pipes and it starts coagulating and attaches to the grit that's in the system and starts to clog up."
Schroeder says blockages cost the district $3 million a year to clear up. He says you should always pour cooled fats, oils and grease into an empty can and dispose of it in the garbage.