What about inspecting the grease traps and interceptors?

There is a 25% standard rule for determining acceptable levels of waste that accumulate in your grease trap or interceptor. This means when the trap or interceptor has accumulated waste accounting for 25% of its wetted depth, the device needs to be cleaned. Businesses may find that preventing FOG from entering their plumbing systems and [...]

2018-01-26T13:26:38-05:00, |

What if I do not have a grease trap?

If you operate a non-residential facility that prepares and serves food, you need a grease removal system. Do not wait until you experience problems with block lines or sewer backups at your facility. You can contact the Columbus City Utilities to learn how to become compliant. The Columbus City Utilities will work with your facility [...]

2018-01-25T07:32:52-05:00, |

Do I need a grease interceptor or trap?

YES! Facilities that prepare and serve food produce FOG and need a grease removal device. Grease interceptors are the preferred grease removal device of the Columbus City Utilities for a number of reasons: They are larger, providing more retention time for the grease to congeal and separate fro the wastewater. Some of these devices can [...]

2018-01-26T13:24:21-05:00, |

What is a grease interceptor and how does it work?

A grease interceptor is typically a concrete vault with a minimum capacity of 750 gallons. It is connected to the restaurant plumbing and is located below the ground and outside the building. The interceptor capacity allows for enough retention time for the suspended FOG to congeal and rise to the top. Periodically, a service contractor [...]

2018-01-25T07:26:27-05:00, |

What is a grease trap and how does it work?

A grease trap is a small reservoir built into the wastewater piping, a short distance from the grease producing area. Baffles in the reservoir retain the wastewater long enough for the grease to congeal and rise to the surface. These small devices need to be cleaned often, from daily to weekly, and this is normally [...]

2018-01-25T07:24:30-05:00, |

Why is FOG a problem?

Sewer capacity reduction, increased maintenance costs, shortened infrastructure lifespan, sewer overflows and backups, odor and many other issues to the environment are a few of the reasons why FOG is a problem. Most wastewater collection system blockages can be traced back to FOG as the cause. Blockages in the wastewater collection system are serious, causing [...]


Where does FOG come from?

Does your facility cook meat, serve soups or salad dressing? Do you use butter, margarine or oil in food preparation? Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are abundant in and on the foods we eat. When foods are prepared, oils and greases are cooked out of the food or added as ingredients or non-stick remedies. The [...]

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