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The Professional Solution to F.O.G. Disposal: AmeriPro Environmental Services
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At AmeriPro Environmental Services, we specialize in the collection and proper disposal of F.O.G. (Fats, Oils, and Grease) waste. We understand that F.O.G. related issues can be a nuisance and are committed to providing safe and efficient services. Our team is made up of experienced professionals and we use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that F.O.G. is disposed of in the most efficient and eco-friendly manner. We take pride in providing our customers with reliable and cost effective solutions for all of their F.O.G. disposal needs.
Grease Trap Cleaning
Any commercial store or restaurant that prepares food needs a grease trap to separate FOG (Fats, Oils and Greases) from water that is returned to city wastewater and sewer lines. Failure to keep these clogging materials out of the city sewer lines can have unwanted consequences such as unpleasant odors, trap blockages or overflow. Our grease trap cleaning services, primarily grease trap cleaning and pumping, will help ensure you avoid those consequences, and your working environment runs smoothly while maintaining cleanliness.
Regular grease trap service with a licensed and knowledgeable provider like AmeriPro Environmental, will help you avoid any issues or potential shutdown stemming from overflows or citations.
What is a grease trap and why does it need to be cleaned?
Kitchen sinks, dishwashers, disposals or any floor drain that would funnel FOG into the wastewater stream need to filter through a Grease Trap. As shown in this diagram, the grease and oils float to the surface while heavier particles sink to the bottom. The water flows thru the outlet pipe, preventing the grease and solids from entering the water stream. Over time, the layers of grease and sediment build up and, if left unchecked, can block the water outlet or be forced into the city sewer system.
FATS, OILS, AND GREASE AKA FOG
Include any substance such as a used vegetable cooking oil or animal product that is used in, or is a byproduct of, the cooking, deep frying or food preparation process, and that turns or may turn viscous or solidifies with a change in temperature or other conditions.
Uncontrolled and/or inadequately controlled discharges of Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) into municipal sanitary sewage systems has caused a significant number of raw sewage overflows resulting in public health risks and negative impacts to waterways. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed two rules to address this problem.
The SSO Rule (Sanitary Sewer Overflow)
CMOM Rule (Capacity, Management Operations and Maintenance of Sewers)
Restaurant FOG Management
FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) Management is a critical component to running an efficient, clean, and compliant kitchen. Whether in a restaurant, communal kitchen, or industrial cooking facility, properly handling FOG disposal and maintaining FOG systems is vital. For restaurants, there are 3 main systems that need to be managed. Those systems are as follows:
Used Cooking Oil Disposal/Recycling Systems
Drains and Piping Systems
Hood and Vent Systems
Read along to learn more about how each system works and is managed.
Used Cooking Oil Disposal/Recycling System
It does not matter if you are a large chain or a small diner, if you fry food, then you have waste cooking oil. Every restaurant with fryers, at some point, must drain the waste cooking oil and refill the fryer with fresh oil. Properly disposing of your waste oil is a key part of FOG Management. Some restaurants will install an internal drain or vacuum system, requiring kitchen employees to simply pump out or vacuum out the fryers. The waste oil will then be captured in a tank inside the building. The ‘old school’ way is to drain the fryer oil into a bucket or tub and dump it into a waste oil collection bin behind the restaurant. The FOG Management comes into play through a recycling/disposal company coming on a regular basis to empty these collection containers, maintaining the internal systems, and ensuring that there are no leaks. Maintaining the volumes in the waste containers is important as overflows and spills can prove costly and time-intensive clean-ups.
Drains and Piping System
The drainage system from dishwashers, sinks, and floor drains is the most complex system of grease management. As previously discussed, most of the grease and waste cooking oil is disposed of through proper disposal and recycling. However, some of this waste winds up finding its way down the drain. FOG is not a friend to the municipal wastewater treatment facilities and therefore, Grease Traps and Interceptors are installed to capture grease on site, before it makes its way to the municipality system. While Grease Traps and Interceptors perform the same function, they differ in size and placement. Grease Traps are smaller, interior units while interceptors are large, underground units. It is important to have regularly scheduled maintenance on these units, as well as their associated piping. Pumping out the grease and waste oil build up from inside these units maintains their structural integrity and functionality. It also keeps your restaurant compliant with local ordinances. The inlet and outlet pipes connected to the trap or interceptor also needs regular maintenance. It is good practice to have them line jetted while servicing the units to keep the wastewater flowing and preventing smells, clogs, and costly internal plumbing issues.
Hood and Vent Systems
When water, either from frozen foods or foods that absorb water, are dropped into a fryer full of hot oil, that water/moisture evaporates. The fumes from this contain both the moisture/water as well as some of the oil or grease from the fryer. This may also occur when cooking meat or poultry on the griddle. Hood and Vent Systems are installed above the fryers and griddles to capture these fumes. Over time, the FOG contents build up in the Hood and Vent system and need to be cleaned out. Excess buildup in the Hood and Vent system leads to odors, poor air quality, and even spontaneous kitchen fires. Regularly scheduled and recurring Hood and Vent cleanings will keep your air clean and your kitchen safe. It will also keep the Fire Marshall happy!
It is important to maintain these three systems in a restaurant. Partnering with a full-service provider like AmeriPro will assist your restaurant in managing these systems in a simple and affordable manner. Just remember that these systems that do not garner much attention are often the most expensive if they fail and are not properly maintained.
Restaurant Hood Cleaning Services
Our expert team provides thorough, reliable hood cleaning services that help you meet industry standards, reduce fire risks, and ensure a smooth, efficient operation. Don't wait for grease and grime to build up – contact us today for a kitchen that sparkles and shines, just like your culinary creations!
Our sister company Proline Commercial Services provides all your façade and parking lot cleaning needs
Our sister company All American Septic Services provides all your plumbing needs
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210 Savannah Ave
East Dublin, GA 31027
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