How Risky Is Not Complying With Grease Pumping Regulations?
Access to clean, potable water is essential for the survival of our society and should be the responsibility of all who live within it. When sewer lines and septic tanks become contaminated with fats, oil, and grease (FOG), sewage can back up into homes and infiltrate the groundwater. Even with on-site septic tanks, failure to maintain FOG proves to be hazardous to the public. The environment suffers when careless individuals do not do their part to protect drinking water. This is the reason for regulations enforcing wastewater maintenance, and for businesses, this includes proper disposal of FOG.
What Can You Do?
If you own a grease-generating business, you need to have a grease trap or interceptor 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, it’s important 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 also your responsibility to maintain the cleanliness and efficiency of your interceptor. Again, this requires the help of a certified company who will routinely pump out the built up FOG. You should check with your local laws to see how often you need to have this service performed.
What’s the Risk?
In order to enforce these grease pumping regulations, inspectors are sent to businesses to make sure they are complying with the rules. The inspector will check to see how often you pump your grease tank and measure the amount of FOG escaping into water outlets. If he discovers the business is not abiding by the regulations, they will be expected to pay penalties or even close down. You can also face substantial fines if your trap is the wrong size, was installed incorrectly, or is not operating correctly. However, the greater risk is contamination to the public water supply. Think about that the next time you ponder skipping your scheduled maintenance.
With over 50 years of experience in waste management, Kline’s has cleaned and maintained every type of grease interceptor for every kind of business. We not only pump the tank, we also take care of the inlet and outlet lines, tank walls, and baffles. As an added bonus, if you dispose of your grease at our DEP-approved facility, we’ll give you a disposal manifest for your records. Our goal is to keep up with all liquid waste issues so you can avoid penalties and focus on running your busin
November’s Messiest Drain Award
We received a call from the panicked manager of one of our grocery store customers. Foul-smelling sewage was gushing from the floor drain making a disaster area of the kitchen. We sent over a team to diagnose the problem and discovered a bunch of grease in the line. Apparently, an employee was improperly disposing of grease from the nearby fryolator by pouring it down the drain. The large amount of grease had hardened and stuck to the walls of the pipes to the point where snaking wasn’t sufficient to clear the line. The job ended up requiring our hy vac truck and jetting service.
Educate Your Employees
The young fryolator operator learned a valuable lesson that day about proper grease disposal. If your employees are uninformed on liquid waste practices, it’s easy to let things like this go unnoticed for awhile. This scenario could have been avoided with some quick training or even some signs at various stations explaining correct grease disposal procedures. Kline’s can even send someone from our team to do a quick class at your business to teach your employees the correct ways to handle wastewater and grease. Feel free to take advantage of our expertise for wastewater maintenance as well as in a training capacity. We look forward to serving you however possible. Contact Kline’s or Request Service Now.
What is a DEP-Approved Treatment Facility?
Wastewater treatment facilities range in size and ownership, from small municipal buildings that service local areas to large, privately owned companies that service entire regions. However, every facility must follow strict guidelines.
What is the DEP?
The acronym stands for Department of Environmental Protection. Every state has this department, though sometimes it’s called the “Department of Environmental Health,” and federally, it’s called the “US Environmental Protection Agency.” These exist to monitor and enforce health and safety standards which can include anything from types of materials used in septic tank construction to the distance a system is from a waterway.
How Does it Affect Me?
The DEP protects both the environment and the public from anything potentially hazardous. Wastewater treatment plants, for example, must be officially approved and licensed in order to conduct business and must follow very specific regulations. We at Kline’s take these regulations very seriously because we realize there’s more at stake than a fine for violating the rules. Our larger focus is keeping our families, friends, customers, the general public and environment safe. Carelessness on our part can result in dangers like toxic chemicals killing wildlife and water-borne illnesses infiltrating our drinking water.
Doing the Job Right!
We take great pride in our business and work hard to uphold our DEP-approved status. When you hire Kline’s for a job, rest assured you’re getting the highest standards of performance and safety. For more information about the Department of Environmental Protection or our company’s procedures, Contact Us.