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.
What is the Project Management Team’s Role in an Industrial Project?
When you hire us to take charge of a large wastewater project, you can feel confident the job will be done thoroughly and efficiently. We handle every aspect of the job and even provide an Environmental Compliance Officer to evaluate all hazardous materials and chemicals involved in the project. You can rest assured all portions of the assignment will be handled safely by the best professionals in the business, and this will free up your time to focus on other areas of your operation.
Finest Industrial Services Available
Rely on the best in the business for your important industrial projects. Kline’s is equipped with the best equipment and the most experienced technicians to give you the highest level of service available from Central Pennsylvania to Maryland. Let our comprehensive approach to wastewater management remove a major weight from your shoulders. Contact Us to learn more about how we can help you with your next project.
We Take Confined Spaces Seriously
Our employees’ and customers’ safety is of utmost importance. When it comes to confined spaces, we realize our guys are placed in potentially life-threatening scenarios and make every effort to facilitate a safe work environment.
OSHA defines confined space as an area that has one or more of the following characteristics:
- Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere
- Contains material that has the potential to engulf an entrant
- Has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant
- Contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress
We most often encounter confined spaces when performing work pertaining to tanks, pump chambers, manholes, or an indirect waste pit. We only allow technicians with Confined Space Entry (CSE) licenses to work on these types of jobs, and we require 3 licensed technicians skilled in CSE to work collaboratively in these technical and dangerous situations.
PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER…..itty bitty working space
Disney Aladdin fans will appreciate that reference. If your facility has confined spaces, our crew is well-equipped for the job. With ample members licensed in CSE, we carry the experience needed to safely get the job done. To learn more about confined space entry or any of our other services, Contact Kline’s.
What Should You Do With Car Wash Waste?
It feels great to drive a freshly cleaned car. Don’t you just love sporting those shiny wheels and a dust-free exterior when you first pull out of the car wash? True, that feeling is cut short when the thunderstorm arrives an hour later, but at least you had your glorious stretch on the road during that brief period. Car washes provide a convenient service, but you probably don’t think about what happens to all that dirt that was washed away from your vehicle. The truth is, car wash waste has great potential to harm the environment, so precautions must be taken. If you own a professional car wash, make sure you are taking responsibility for the wastewater your business produces.
What’s So Harmful?
Car wash waste includes a ton of yucky stuff. Oil and grease get washed from vehicles, along with the normal grime and grit. All of this can clog storm drains. Hazardous contaminants like lead, pesticides, nitrates and other chemicals also end up in car wash drains. Detergents used to clean the vehicle often contain phosphates, which are dangerous to fish and plants.
How Do You Safely Dispose Of It?
Wastewater should be routed to water treatment facilities so it doesn’t infiltrate the public water system or pollute the environment. You can also have a qualified service provider like Kline’s come and haul it away. It’s a complicated process to properly treat and dispose of car wash waste in a safe and legal manner, rely on the help of experienced professionals. To learn more about our specialized car wash services, Contact Kline’s.
Is It Possible To Inspect Sewer Lines Without Excavating?
Advancements in wastewater maintenance solutions continue to bring simpler and more affordable ways of finding and fixing sewage problems. New technologies are now being utilized to save technicians and customers a great deal of valuable time and money. One of our most significant innovations has been the ability to see underground sewer components without having to dig them up.
It used to be impossible to see what was going on in sewer lines unless you dug up the pipes to take a look. Well, that is no longer the case with the development of video cameras designed especially for the wastewater industry. These special cameras designed to travel through piping can quickly “see” the inside of drain lines and go to great lengths to find trouble spots. Technicians simply set up the camera and feed it into the drain until they find the problem. They then analyze the video to pinpoint the location and identify the source of any obstructions.
The cameras not only spot things that are clogging our drains, they also find red flags that could lead to bigger problems. These include unexpected leaks, line breaks, water damage and rust spots that could cause future issues. They are also great for finding lost valuables like jewelry or other small objects that accidentally fall down sinks or get flushed down toilets.
No More Digging
Video cameras have truly been a game changer in the wastewater industry, allowing us to see what was once impossible without the hassle of excavation. Their ability to record what’s going on underground helps us identify current problems as well as find unforeseen issues. This makes them a valuable instrument for our techs as well as an effective preventative maintenance tool. To learn more or to set up a video line inspection, Contact Kline’s and let’s see if you could benefit from our services.