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Grease Regulations in Your Zip Code

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Access to clean water should be a fundamental concern for everybody. When sewer lines become contaminated with fats, oil and grease (FOG), waste becomes a big problem for the entire community. Even with residential septic tanks, failure to maintain FOG compliance will prove to be hazardous to the public because contaminants can enter groundwater. Everyone suffers when careless individuals do not take necessary precautions to protect drinking water. This is why states must set forth grease regulations and enforce wastewater maintenance.

Grease Traps
If you own a grease-generating business, you need to have a grease trap installed. These are box-shaped contraptions that attach to drains. When wastewater enters the trap, the FOG is captured inside through a separation process aided by baffles and filters. Due to the complexity of a grease interceptor, you will need to hire a licensed company to install it. This ensures it will work properly, and a licensed plumber will be able to recommend the correct size for your establishment. Once installed, it is your responsibility to maintain the cleanliness and efficiency of your trap. Again, this requires the help of a professional waste management company who will routinely pump out the built up FOG. You should check laws in your zip code to see how often you need to have this service performed.

States have an obligation to protect their citizens so they may send inspectors to your business to check compliance. The inspector will measure the amount of FOG escaping into water outlets, and if it exceeds regulations, you will pay expensive penalties. You can also face substantial fines if your trap is the wrong size, was installed incorrectly, has not been pumped or is not operating correctly. Worst-case scenario, your business could be shut down. However, an even more tragic scenario would be contamination to the public water supply. Think about that the next time you ponder skipping your scheduled maintenance.

Stay Compliant with Kline’s
With over 50 years of experience in waste management, Kline’s has installed, cleaned and maintained every type of grease interceptor for every kind of business. Our goal is to keep up with all liquid waste issues so you can avoid penalties and focus on running your business. Contact Us if you have questions about grease regulations in your area or to schedule any of our grease trap services.

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