Fats, Oils, and Grease

FOG Facts that Everyone Should Know.
From Concept to Market

With over 40 years experience in building management and the construction industry, Shawn Santos created FOG Safe (FOG being the acronym for Fats, Oils and Grease) and subsequently the GreaseHERO® brand.

As a landlord and property owner being constantly bombarded with grease clogged drains, Shawn always attempted to educate tenants on the damages that grease would cause on plumbing drains and the environment. Tenants would inevitably ask what they should use. The only solution at that time were glass jars or coffee cans. There wasn’t anything on the market available to solve this problem.

After a 5 year journey, from product concept to manufacturing, then to proof of concept, and finally to distribution… our product launched in 2019 under the FOG Safe label. The label was rebranded in 2020 under the name of GreaseHERO® in order to provide consumers with a better understanding of the product.

Fats, Oils, and Grease. End Results.

Average Cost for a Clogged Drain.
Septic System Repair.

FOG Effects on Interior Plumbing

While you can easily control debris from getting into your drains, it’s more difficult to stop FOG. FOG results in a slow moving buildup of sludge in the drain lines, clogging your plumbing system while reducing needed flow. The best practice to remove FOG requires the service of a plumber to clear the system without disruption and damage to your drain lines.

FOG prevention is key, because once in your system, FOG sticks to the pipe and thickens. Over time, FOG can build up and eventually block the entire pipe.

Outdoor Messes
Septic Vulnerabilities

Septic systems are designed to break down tissue and waste and nothing else. This is primarily why Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) should be kept out of the system. FOGs are usually not broken down by the bacteria in the septic tank but instead float to the top of the tank to form the scum layer. If the scum gets too thick, it will rise to the outlet and start forcing some of the FOG out of the tank. FOG is very harmful to the aerobic stage of effluent treatment which is found in the leach field. It should, therefore, not be allowed to flow from the septic tank and into the drain field.

Environmental Impacts

Petroleum oils, vegetable oils, and animal fats share common physical properties and produce similar environmental effects, and are addressed under Code of Federal Regulations 40, Part 112. They can:

  • Cause devastating physical effects, such as coating animals and plants with oil and suffocating them by oxygen depletion;
  • Be toxic and form toxic products;
  • Destroy future and existing food supplies, breeding animals, and habitats;
  • Produce rancid odors;
  • Foul shorelines, clog water treatment plants, and catch fire when ignition sources are present; and
  • Form products that linger in the environment for many years.

Frequently Asked Questions

FOG is an acronym for Fats, Oils and Grease that are deposited into kitchen sinks and drains, plumbing, and sewer systems. FOG comes from meat fats in cooking and food scraps, cooking oil, shortening, lard, butter and margarine, gravy, and food products such as mayonnaise, salad dressings, sour cream and other foods high in fat.

GreaseHERO® is a drain guard designed to fit inside of your kitchen sink. It absorbs and traps your used cooking oil. You can then easily discard the disposable drain guard in an efficient manner.

NO. Unlike other products, no chemicals or coagulents are used. GreaseHERO® is designed for consumer and environmental friendliness.

The GreaseHERO® Drain Guard is made from recycled paper materials. It contains an oil absorbent material specifically designed for used cooking oil retention and ease of disposal.

When the drain guard is cool to the touch, dispose of it in the trash, same as with other household garbage and refuse. The recycled paper used in the manufacture of GreaseHERO® is environmentally friendly.

YES. It is perfectly fine to use the drain guard on the counter top instead of placing it in the sink.

Our GreaseHERO PLUS® has also been introduced to hold partially used drain guards without any mess or unpleasant used cooking oil smell.

NO. The GreaseHERO® Drain Guard is designed as a single use product.

Each GreaseHERO® is designed to hold up to 4 ounces of used cooking oil. If you have more oil to dispose, simply pour into the first one until saturated, then use another.

Our GreaseHERO® Drain Guards are sold in economical packs of 9.

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