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Fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G) resulting from food preparation in homes and businesses can build up in sewer pipes, and cause costly blockages and backups, and sewage overflows to private and public property. View a video of a FOG-clogged pipe.
Restaurants and commercial kitchens found in school, hotels, and hospitals potentially generate large volumes of fats, oils, and grease waste due to the volume of food preparation, service, and cleanup they manage. But, F.O.G generation can also come from small coffee shops, deli’s, and pizza establishments.
If a sewage backup occurs at a food service business, the business must:
Note: If the blockage is in the public sewer but your side sewer is determined to be the source, you may have to pay the City costs to clear the blockage and property damage.
Much of the information on the F.O.G website is derived from the Restaurant Grease Guidelines, authored by the Interagency Resource for Achieving Cooperation (IRAC).