Fats - Oils - Grease (FOG) in Pipes
Facts about Fats, Oils and Grease
Fats – Oil – Grease (FOG) can accumulate in a building’s private sanitary sewer lateral or a City-owned public sanitary sewer pipe in the street. FOG causes blockages in these pipes, as well as a potential sewage back-up into a property. When hot dishes and pans containing FOG are washed without properly removing food containing Fats, Oils and Grease, these materials harden downstream, causing blockages. This hardened FOG also reduced the capacity of the pipes, requiring expensive maintenance and repair costs!
Tips for keeping FOG out of pipes
Why is it important to keep FOG out the sanitary sewers?
Not practicing proper Fats – Oils – Grease prevention methods can hurt your business:
- FOG will harden in your sanitary sewer lateral, reducing the pipe's capacity and ability to operate properly and discharge the waste to the sanitary sewer.
- If not addressed early, FOG will result in sewage backups into your property, impacting the health and operation of not only the sanitary system of your business, but also for adjacent downstream properties.
- FOG can destroy your property’s interior plumbing, resulting in expensive repairs or a need for total replacement.
- FOG can shut off your dishwasher during a cycle.
What can I do to keep FOG out of sanitary sewer pipes?
- Conduct periodic training sessions with your food service staff to reinforce the need for FOG awareness and reduction.
- Review and post the FOG documentation (see attachments below).
- Make sure your food service staff scrapes & wipes all food, oil and grease off of dishes & pans before washing.
- Pour oil and grease into covered collection containers.
- NEVER pour oil or grease down any drain.
Last updated Feb 21, 2018