What is FOG?
FOG is the acronym for Fats, Oils, and Grease from food products.
What causes FOG?
Fats, oils, and grease are a byproduct of cooking. They are
found in such things as:
- Meat fat
- Cooking oil
- Lard and shortening
When FOG is washed down the drain, it sticks to the inside walls
of the sewer lateral and sewer main. Eventually, the build up can
clog the sewer pipe and prevent sewer flow. This can occur on
your property and in the streets.
The use of a garbage disposal does not keep FOG out of the
sewer. They grind the FOG into smaller pieces, which will
eventually accumulate into larger pieces as it flows in the sewer.
What are the effects of FOG?
A build up of FOG can create a sewage blockage in your lateral
and other home plumbing and cause a sewer overflow in your
home or your neighbor’s home. The direct costs associated with
cleanup average approximately $3,000. Depending on the extent
of damage, the costs may exceed $10,000.00. Typical damage may
include damage to the carpet, walls, furniture and personal items.
Most importantly, there is possible contact with disease causing
organisms since most plumbing is tied to a single lateral.
Indirectly, an increase in operation and maintenance costs for the
District’s collection system and treatment facility will occur. This
will eventually create higher sewer charges for its customers.
How to reduce FOG?
The easiest and best methods to eliminate FOG are to dispose of it
in your garbage or recycle it. Do not dispose of the FOG directly
into the garbage as a free liquid. Allow the liquid to solidify and
place in the garbage. If the liquid cannot solidify, mix with an
absorbent product such as kitty litter or dirt to create a solid form
and dispose in the garbage. Dispose of large amounts on several
collection days. Please contact the City of Bakersfield or County
of Kern to determine their requirements to recycle FOG.
Is a Grease Removal Device Needed?
Grease removal devices, sometimes referenced to as “grease
traps”, are not required on a residential home, however, they are
required on specific commercial properties. The devices are low
cost and require minimal maintenance. Please contact us to
determine if your facility is required to have a device or if you
would like further information.