How to Avoid Clogged Pipes in your Kitchen

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Dealing with blocked pipes and sewage overflow in your household or kitchen premises can be a messy and unpleasant situation. A common culprit behind these issues is the improper disposal of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) during food preparation or clean-up procedures. When FOG is poured down the drain, it accumulates over time, sticking to the interior wall of your pipes, leading to blockages in the sewer lines.

Beyond the inconvenience of potential backups, this build up also poses a threat to the efficiency of the entire wastewater collection system. It’s essential to be mindful of what goes down your drains to prevent such problems and maintain a smoothly functioning plumbing system.

What is FOG?

FOG refers to fats, oils and grease entering the sewer system when poured down drains in homes, food establishments, industry and public facilities.

Ways to protect your pipes from FOG build up:

Cool, Contain and Dispose are Grease Guardian’s three essential steps for the proper disposal of fats, oils and grease.

Cool: Allow the fat in your pan or tray, to cool and solidify. Once the grease has reached a cooled state, use a spatula to transfer it into a sealable container.

Contain: For smaller quantities of grease, absorb with kitchen roll or newspaper. However, for larger amounts, opting for a sealable container is the more sensible choice.

Dispose: Toss the securely sealed container into the bin.

If you own a restaurant and/or commercial kitchen, you are legally required to have a grease trap or grease interceptor.

What is a Grease Trap/Interceptor? How Does it Work?

Grease traps and interceptors stop Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) from getting into building/public sewers. They can be inside or outside kitchens, depending on the application. These devices hold FOG-laden water until the grease cools, solidifies, and separates from other waste. After separation, the grease is disposed of properly.

Basic Grease Trap System

The most effective grease trap on the market is known as an Automatic Grease Removal Unit (AGRU). AGRU’s are above ground, and are usually placed under the sink or counter and have a range of different features that sets them apart from the others.

Grease Guardian Automatic Grease Removal Unit

Grease Guardian AGRUs features include:

  • A built-in food straining basket with ‘Dry Filtration’ technology for food waste.
  • Grease skimming feature that skims grease from wastewater and deposits extracted grease into an external container, so that you don’t have to open the lid to manually clean the tank.
  • They only need pumped out every 6 months, as opposed to every 6 weeks with traditional grease traps/interceptors.
  • Constructed with 304/16G Stainless Steel which makes our Automatic Grease Removal Devices extremely durable and hygienic. (10 Year Warranty on Grease Guardian tanks).
  • The ability to customise. Allowing you to have more control over your skimming cycles and timers. Tailored to the operations of your commercial kitchen.

To read the many more features, click here.

Additional Info

If you need a grease trap or grease removal device for your business, and you’re not sure where to start, check out Grease Guardian’s Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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