Protect Pipes from FOG
Warning! There is a trio of criminal monsters that can attack your pipes. The slippery gang goes by the name of “FOG,” which is short for Sir Fats, Mister Oils and Gangster Grease. FOG is dangerous and does its dirty work underground. This gang is lurking… wreaking havoc… waiting for the opportunity to meet you in person. And if that happens, there will be a real mess!
Seeking Residents' Help to Eliminate the FOG Crime Ring in Burnsville
How does FOG Attack?
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are a slippery gang that make their way into the wastewater system and can wreak havoc in sewer pipes. Grease in a warm liquid my not appear harmful, but as the liquid cools in the pipes. It solidifies and sticks to the inside of the pipe, like a clogged artery. The buildup continues to grow and can clog the pipe, which can lead to costly sewer back-ups.These backups can come straight into your home and cause some costly damage.
Protect Yourself from FOG
|Cool pans, dishes, fryers etc., then scrape or wipe food, oil and grease into a trash bin.|
|Put used oil and grease into covered collection containers.|
|Pre-wash dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.|
|Never pour or wash oil or grease down any drain.|
|Avoid putting food down the drain even if there is a garbage disposal. Food particles can get caught in FOG build-up, and can lead to a higher chance of sewer back-ups and overflows.|
"Most Wanted" graphic courtesy of the City of Palm Bay, Florida.
FOG kitchen pictures courtesy of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Protect your business from the damage of fog (Fats, oils and grease)
How FOG Attacks Your Budget
When FOG is poured down the drain, it solidifies and builds up in the pipes. Blockages from FOG can cause back-ups and sanitary sewer overflows. It’s stinky AND a health risk. Back-ups are expensive and most often have to be paid by YOU! A local restaurant recently had to pay upwards of $12,000 for clean-up and damage repair from an overflow caused by FOG.
Common Sources of FOG
|• Butter||• Mayonnaise|
|• Cheese||• Meats|
|• Cookies||• Pastries|
|• Gravy||• Salad dressings|
|• Ice Cream||• Sauces|
|• Margarine||• Used fryer oil|
|• Marinades||• Yogurt|
Tips to Reduce FOG Entering the Sewer System
S - scrape or wipe grease into a sealable container. Seal the container and place into trash bin.
C - Collect liquid cooking oils in an oil rendering tank.
R - Rotate cleaning schedule among fryers and food preparations devices.
A - Assign clean-up tasks to specific employees to create consistent anti-FOG practices
P - Prepare foods with minimal amounts of fats, oils and grease
E - Educate your employees on the importance of reducing FOG and following FOG prevention practices.
Use of Garbage Disposals Leads to More Clogs!
Garbage disposals put additional grease into the pipes and also food particles that can become trapped by existing grease deposits. The easiest way to comply with regulations and maintain a clog-free sewer is to not use a garbage disposal at all. Instead, place all remaining food particles and scraps into a trash bin.
For more suggestions on fighting FOG, contact Linda Mullen, Water and Sewer Superintendent at 952-895-4552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.