FOG Continued…

Fats, Oils & Grease
Fats, Oils & Grease

Continuing with the series on FOG and how to control them and be compliant to the state and local regulations, here is the second post in the series.

What types of facilities are required to adhere to the FOG laws?

All establishments that cook food, commercial and institutional, along with some non-cooking businesses are required to comply.  Here is a list of some industries, but not all:

  • Bakeries
  • Bars
  • Caterers
  • Churches
  • Daycares
  • Grocery Stores
  • Nursing Homes
  • Restaurants
  • Schools

Will my “under the sink” grease trap comply with the FOG ordinance?

Only an inspection by a licensed plumber or inspections officer can properly answer that question.  Keep in mind that all grease traps must be properly sized to handle that amount of grease entering into the system, also the removal of the FOG is critical for compliance.  Refer to the manual/specifications of the grease trap that is installed and following the routine maintenance suggested should keep you in compliance.

“Under the sink” grease traps typically are smaller and designed to manage a lower limit of FOG, depending upon the amount of FOG entering the trap will determine the frequency of maintenance, an upgrade of the grease trap may be in order.  Baffles and deflector shields must be properly installed, always double check these.

Don’t forget about the dishwasher and garbage disposal, the refuse water should pass through the grease traps.  After the detergents emulsify the grease; it is then passed into the sewer system.  Clean this trap regularly, it will not operate properly if over capacity and a potential FOG ordinance violation may occur.

Keeping you in compliance with the local and state FOG ordinances is my business.  Call me, a licensed plumber in Mooresville, for assistance with your FOG maintenance.


Bob ZaryBnicky
All Star Plumbing