FOG, an industry term for Fats, Oils and Grease, includes animal fats, vegetable fats, and oils used to cook and prepare food. FOG is a solid or viscous substance that can create a blockage in the sewer system if not properly disposed.
If you are responsible for a commercial kitchen in North Carolina, you know that the owner, leaseholder or operator of FOG-producing establishments discharging wastewater into the sanitary sewer system must install and maintain a grease trap or grease interceptor. The State of North Carolina requires grease traps be cleaned on a scheduled basis, and each county has its own requirements and individual system to ensure compliance.
To head off inspection issues and maintain continuous, satisfactory and effective grease trap operation:
- Keep good records and hire a grease trap service company to service your grease traps that also keeps good records.
- Know your required schedule (30 days and 90 days are most common) and make sure that your grease trap hauler completes their job on schedule.
- Have a designated file for grease trap service receipts or manifests that you may access quickly if the Health Inspector asks.
- If you start to smell the grease trap, or think it may be filling up with FOG before a scheduled visit, contact your grease trap service company to have it cleaned and look for any potential problems. The longer you wait, the more extreme your emergency will become.
|Do This!||Don’t Do This!|
|Scrape all food and leftover grease into the trash, never the sink.||Don’t pour FOG down the sink drain or toilet.|
|Wipe pots, pans and dishes with dry paper towels before rinsing/washing them.||Don’t use hot water to wash grease down the drain. When the water cools, FOG will solidify and clog the pipes.|
|Pour cooled FOG into a can with a tight lid (coffee can) and dispose of it in the garbage.||Don’t put grease or greasy food into the garbage disposal.|
|Recycle large amounts of used cooking oil at designated County location(s).||Don’t rely on additives or detergents to dissolve grease. They only disperse it down the line to recollect and cause more problems.|
|Talk to friends and family about FOG in the sewer system and help them become proactive in preventing sewer blockages.||Never pour grease or used oil into the storm drains or on the ground.|
Remember that YOU (the facility owner/manager) are ultimately responsible for compliance; therefore, it is especially important to hire a professional service company like Lentz Septic Tank Service that is reliable and stands behind their work.
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