If you are an owner of a restaurant, then you probably deal with a whole lot of FOG. No, we are not talking about mist. FOG stands for fats, oils, and greases and these kitchen essentials can be a disaster for your plumbing system if you are not careful. Improperly handling FOG can result in drain line blockages, water backups, and disastrous environmental damage. This article brought to you by Septic Blue will clear up some of the misconceptions about FOG and give you some tips on how to properly manage restaurant FOG. These tips should save you time and money – and even make you some money!
Install A Commercial Grease Trap
Many people think that pouring FOG down the drains is fine so long as you rinse it with hot water. This is not true. In fact, the hot water can help the FOG find their way into the sewer pipes. They then harden in the pipes and cause a blockage. There are devices that help capture the FOG before they have a chance to enter the pipes, however. A commercial grease trap is a holding tank that allows FOG to float to the surface while wastewater leaves through an outlet pipe. The FOG will build up in the grease trap, though, and will have to be cleaned once every 1-3 months depending on how much FOG your restaurant produces.
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Never Pour FOG Down the Drain
Even if you have a commercial grease trap installed, you should not pour FOG down the drain. The grease trap is designed to be a layer of protection against the consequences of FOG going into your drains. Instead of pouring FOG down the drain, collect them in a separate container and refrigerate until solid then discard them as solid waste.
Scrape Dishes Before Loading into The Dishwasher
It is impossible to prevent all FOG from entering the lines. That is why you installed the grease trap. However, there is a lot you can do to minimize the FOG. Dishwashers can be a big source of FOG if you do not scrape and clear dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. Scrape food scraps into the garbage and wipe off any grease before washing dishes.
Collect Used Cooking Oil
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure indeed. The mistake of pouring cooking oil down the drains is not just harmful for the drains and the environment; it keeps you from making some extra cash! Cooking oil is actually recyclable and there are companies who are willing to pay to buy your used cooking oil. Keep your cooking oil in a specifically marked container and contact one of these companies to come pick up when you have collected enough. This is a win-win!