The Problem with Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG)

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) is to sewer pipes as cholesterol is to arteries-both cause residue to build up, restricting and blocking the flow. FOG includes animal and vegetable fats, oils, and greases commonly used and generated from cooking, food and drink preparation, and meat preparation. It ends up on cookware, dishware, kitchen equipment, and floors. When these items are cleaned, the FOG is washed off into the plumbing system, where it begins to cool and separate from the dishwater.

Congealed FOG coats the surface of manholes, pipes, and pumping stations. Blockages then cause sewage spills, manhole overflows, and sewage backups in homes, businesses, and local waterways, potentially causing a loss of business and severe public health impacts.

All of this may result in expensive cleanup costs as well as fines from regulatory agencies. In fact, sewer blockages and backups can cause restaurants and other food and drink service establishments to be closed down and/or be held financially responsible for resulting damages.

  1. What Golden Valley Is Doing About FOG
  2. Preventing FOG From Entering The Plumbing