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Fats, Oils, and Grease Build-Up and How to Combat It for Better FOG Control

Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are liquid or semi-solid organic substances that can build up in a city’s sewer system. When these substances mix with other wastes in the sewer system, they can cause clogs that lead to overflows. Overflows can damage the environment and pose a health risk to humans and animals.

An excess of FOG in a wastewater discharge can come from just about any source, ranging from small apartments to large industrial facilities. Some of the more common sources include restaurants, bars and grills, grocery stores, food processing facilities, automobile service shops, apartments and homes.

Municipal governments and restaurant owners are working together to establish FOG control programs to reduce the amount of FOG entering the sewer system. There are several methods for FOG control, including public education, grease trap maintenance, and proper disposal of cooking oil.

Public Education

As part of their FOG control programs, municipal governments are educating the public about what FOG is and how it can damage the sewer system. They’re also teaching people about proper disposal methods for cooking oil and other greasy substances in order to maintain a higher level of FOG control.


Grease Trap Maintenance

Restaurant owners are responsible for maintaining their grease traps in order to help with FOG control. Grease traps are devices that capture FOG before it enters the sewer system. Restaurant owners must clean their grease traps regularly to prevent FOG from building up and causing problems.


Proper Disposal of Cooking Oil

In efforts to help with FOG control, cooking oil should never be poured down the drain. It should be collected in a container and disposed of properly. Municipal governments may have programs in place to collect and recycle used cooking oil. Alternatively, restaurant owners can contact a waste management company to dispose of their used cooking oil.

FOG control is important for preventing clogs and overflows in a city’s sewer system. Municipal governments and restaurant owners are working together to establish FOG control programs that include public education, grease trap maintenance, and proper disposal of cooking oil. These measures will help reduce the amount of FOG entering the sewer system and keep it running smoothly.


A New Approach to FOG Control

In-Pipe Technology has developed a solution to eliminate FOG buildup before it becomes an issue that requires FOG control programs to begin with. In-Pipe lets you treat and solve the problem, not chase it.

Our proprietary bacteria solution metabolizes FOG naturally and is safe for your system without the use of harsh chemicals or surfactants that can cause issues for your pipes and infrastructure.


Once the system is set up, we run it – saving you and your staff time and money. If you need help with your FOG control issues visit In-Pipe Technology to learn more about our cutting edge approach to FOG control and be a part of the solution today.

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