Restaurant closures are scary! Owners and operators scramble to keep health department inspectors happy in order to keep their doors open. They don't make money otherwise.
Food service establishments such as restaurants, fast food, supermarket delis, are also closed by the health department during the cleanup operations after a wastewater backup. These backups, whether inside your establishment or outdoors, are required to be reported to the local health department to protect public health and safety. And, the more rapidly the spill can be cleaned up, the better the chance water quality and the environment will not be affected.
Wastewater treatment and recovery agencies work hard to keep their collection
systems (the sewers), pumping stations and ultimately the publicly owned treatment works (plants) that treat our wastewater operating efficiently. The pipes and pumps must be kept free from discharges of excess fats, oil and grease (FOG) that could harm them, restricting the flow of the wastewater, or damaging pumps or pipes from the corrosive effects of the FOG.
Harm also includes additional cleaning and maintenance of pipes to keep the system functioning efficiently so we can flush toilets, take showers, and take care of business -- at the cost of the ratepayer for the additional time spent. At the cost of other necessary maintenance that could be done instead.
It also includes potential sanitary sewer overflows and wastewater backups which can impair water quality and impact businesses, damaging property and providing a public health and safety hazard when a backup occurs. At the cost of the restaurant owner, their patrons, and their community.
There is a "25% rule" -- a guideline -- in place within the wastewater industry to determine the efficiency of grease interceptors and traps. These are oil and water separators, and the lighter grease floats, while the heavier solids (trash, debris, food that gets into drains) settle on the bottom of the tank. The amount of floating grease and settled solids added together determine the percentage of the tank that is no longer capable of handling the kitchen's wastewater efficiently -- as the percentage of grease goes up, the percentage of the tank that is able to function in removing additional grease and solids decreases. As the efficiency of the grease interceptor decreases, the potential for a backup or clog increases. This is not good for your business, and can increase risk -- financial, regulatory, and brand image.
The Grease Guardian is neither an interceptor nor a trap; it is an Automatic Grease Removal Device. It automatically removes grease from the wastewater, and is the most efficient device to keep your restaurant compliant with the 25% rule, and with the local wastewater agency, the city, and the county. It keeps commercial kitchens humming, with little effort on the part of the staff.
No pumping is required as with interceptors and traps, which saves restaurants thousands of dollars over the years. The Grease Guardian automates the removal of the grease for recycling purposes, and generates a feedstock for renewable energy and other important uses. No staff member ever wants the job of opening up a smelly trap to scoop out rancid grease. This is not required with the Grease Guardian.
The Grease Guardian siphons off floating grease into an exterior container which is then emptied into the recycling bin. Solids are captured in a front-loading canister which is removed without necessitating the top of the Grease Guardian to be removed. This controls any odors -- of which are limited as the grease is not in the unit long enough to go rancid -- and also maintains a hygienic and controlled environment to meet health codes for food safety. In just a few minutes maintenance a day, the unit is allowed to keep functioning at maximum efficiency. No down time.
Grease Guardian understands the environmental benefits of properly maintaining pipes in the sewer system, including those on private property, to keep the wastewater collection and treatment systems functioning properly. We also understand the environmental benefits of protecting against sanitary sewer overflows which could impair our waters.
We're pleased to work with the many restaurants and other food service establishments who are taking steps to reduce sewer blockages and prevent harm to the environment. They're adding the Grease Guardian to their best kitchen practices to keep their drains clean, and to prevent clogs and backups. Grease Guardian provides a clean, safe and pleasant work environment. Responsible in their actions. Proactive in their practices. Keeping their restaurants open.
We're helping them to be sustainable members of their communities. They save money and avoid damages to their property -- and bottom line.
Nothing scary about that!
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