Problems associated with FOG

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Grease trap, grease removal unit

D2 Grease Guardian grease trap andgrease removal unit

Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) cause major issues in our drainage systems, the reason simply being both animal fats and vegetable oils are hydrophobic (they do not dissolve in water). 

When FOG enters the drainage system the problem is multiplied.  FOG is washed down sinks and into the drains of restaurants, hotels, schools, homes and kitchens and the problem is worldwide.  This problem of drain blockages can be easily prevented through excellent kitchen practices, education of FOG and by having Grease Traps or Automatic Transfer Systems in place at source to prevent drain blockages, financial penalties and environmental issues.

According to British Water 2015, there are 366,000 drain blockages a year and 70% of these are caused by FOG.  A grease separator, often called a grease entrapment system or grease trap, takes advantage of the fact that FOG is less dense than water, and so naturally floats on the surface of the water within the separator unit. At the same time, food solids are generally denser than water and so sink to the bottom.  Check out our ranges of Automatic Grease Removal Systems to learn more.

When installing a Grease Trap it is crucial that staff are trained on daily maintenance techniques and educated on the problems of FOG.  Site evaluation is also crucial in ensuring you are getting the most effective grease trap for your premises.  At Grease Guardian we can provide measurement guidance when choosing your Grease Trap or Automatic Grease Removal system.

Key considerations to evaluate when installing your Grease Prevention program:

·         Layout of Kitchen and Premises

  • Equipment to be installed inside or outdoors

·         Style of menu and cooking methods
·         The drainage system in which your kitchen depends on,  this will highlight possible bottleneck areas and other points of weakness in the system
·         Access to the unit
·         Specifications on FOG removal from your Local council, landlord, parent company or franchiser
·         Service and maintenance requirements
·         Staff training procedures

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on FOG management.