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What is FOG? Your Guide to FOG Control and FOG Removal

When you hear the word FOG, this image is what you picture in your head, right? Well when it comes to sanitary sewer lines, odor control, and nutrient removal, In-Pipe Technology leads the industry in FOG control and FOG removal.

What is FOG?


F.O.G. stands for Fats, Oils and Grease. These components are most commonly seen in the home as natural byproducts of cooking and food preparation. FOG sticks to pipes and eventually clogs them, and because FOG sticks to the side of pipes, it can cause sanitary problems and blockages in sewer systems.


When in warm liquid form, fats, oils, and grease may seem harmless as they easily flow down the drain. But as the liquid cools, the FOG solidifies. The FOG layer sticks to the part of your disposal systems you can’t see or reach. Sewer pipes can become blocked and cause backups or overflows. Implementing FOG control practices in your home, business, or facility makes sure you’re in a sanitary environment.


How is FOG created?


Common sources of FOG include: meat fats and dairy products, food scraps and beverages. Even when used in small quantities, baking oils, sauces, dressings, sandwich spreads, gravies and marinades can cause blockages and buildups. FOG can be produced in restaurants, cafeterias and delis as well as bakeries, daycares, assisted living facilities, and social institutions.


What makes FOG dangerous?


FOG is responsible for the release of overflowing sewers bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens that could pose a threat to your health. You may be exposed to harmful sewage in your home.


Whether you are at home or in business, FOG is also found in streets, waterways, and parks. If FOG buildup occurs on private property, you are responsible for FOG removal. If there is a blockage in your neighborhood’s sewer main, your local government is responsible for cleaning it up.


What FOG control strategies can I implement at home?


Garbage disposals actually contribute to the problem of blocked sanitary sewer lines, so be careful what you pass through a garbage disposal. Grease sticks to food particles and slows down the pipe walls. Blockage of pipes in your garbage disposal consumes large amounts of electricity and water. Reduce or eliminate the amount of FOG you pass through your garbage disposal to help lower your utility bills.


Some detergents claim to dissolve grease, but they can also cause pipeline problems. Make sure you research the soaps and detergents you use in your home, so you don’t contribute to any sewer blockages. There are many effective, sewer-friendly soaps and detergents that might even be more affordable than the products you currently use at home.


Make sure to dispose of larger amounts of oil, fats and grease that have been left in pans after cooking. Toss any FOG products into the garbage instead of down the drain. You can dispose of smaller amounts with a spatula to scrape out any grease, sauces or dressings that have cooled. Extra grease can be thrown out. You can absorb the liquid with a paper towel, and then throw it away.


Do you need help with FOG control at your home or facility?


We can help. Get in touch with our team today to get an effective, affordable FOG control and FOG removal solution in place.

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