Grease is blocking our under ground rapidly…Globally!

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At Grease Guardian, we feel we are constantly telling everyone and anyone who will listen about the issues of FAT, OIL and GREASE..but yet it is our job to inform and educate the public and businesses of these dangers.

The main danger being….FATBURGS.  Fatbergs are formed when congealed deposits of Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) form to make a solid mass.  A fatberg does not break down and over time can cause serious damage to the pipes and the sewer system resulting in floods, foul smells and sewage flooding homes and businesses.  A fatberg the size of a Boeing airplane and one the size of a Double Decker bus have already been discovered in the UK in recent years.

In more recent times, June 2017 and closer to home, both Newry and Belfast Cities within Northern Ireland have experienced the full raps of these underground monsters.  Fatburg’s in these local cities caused mayhem when businesses and streets had to be closed off from the public as this gunge spewed out over walkways and business entry ways.




These massive Fatburgs can take weeks to clean up, water authorities do their best to clear the sewers to let water run freely without being blocked up.

Grease Traps are what we manufacture, supply and maintain.  We supply Automatic Grease Removal Systems, as well as manual traps of all sizes to suit small cafes to large hotels requiring the Grease Trap located within the basement for space and scope.  Check out our range HERE.

Fitting a Grease Trap does not solve all problems, the trap has to be fully maintained, they require daily maintenance which is extremely quick and easy.  Kitchen staff need to be on board and avoid pouring large quantities of FOG down the drains.  Once installed and maintained; the drainage and pipe works will remain clear and FOG free which also means…the sewers are kept FOG free and NO Fatburgs are created.

For example, I read a report this week from Michigan USA, Pollution in the sewer system there has raised questions about whether businesses are contributing to the problem by disposing food waste without using proper grease traps.

An operator for the St. Joseph County Regional Water and Sewer District, which runs the 150-user Granger sewer system, this month will inspect 20 food service establishments to ensure they have appropriate grease traps.  District officials believe that food waste, along with grease, is entering the sewer line and creating excessive hydrogen sulfide — a corrosive pollutant that can damage the system.

“If someone doesn’t maintain their grease trap, that’s a problem for us,” said Ken Jones, a technical adviser for the district. “And if there is a lot of food prep waste in some of those facilities, that’s also a problem.”

Please dispose of your Food Waste responsibly.  Contact us at Grease Guardian for more information.