Before we can delve into the details of our Grease Hero product, we need to talk about F.O.G. (fat, oil and grease) and what these pollutants are doing to both your home sewer system and the environment.
First things first…
What is FOG exactly?
The FOG acronym is a standard cooking and environmental term for fats, oil and grease.
Where is FOG found?
FOG is found in many common cooking and baking ingredients; Such as: meat fats, lard, cooking oil, shortening, butter/margarine, food scraps, baking goods, sauces, and dairy products. The fat, oil and grease from these products is a nightmare for your home’s sewer system. FOG floats on the top of the water that goes down your drain and adheres to your pipes.
Why is FOG such a problem?
FOG can cause major issues with your home’s pipes and sewer system. Years of pouring these pollutants down your kitchen sink can mean that your pipes become blocked. This is not good news. With a major blockage you would experience sewer backflow into your home—let’s just say, what goes down, would come right back up. Clearing a blockage is no small task either, and the result would be a very expensive bill from your plumber.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that cooking grease is the #1 cause of blocked sewers, causing 47% of stoppages (2016). Blockages cause sewers to overflow. The EPA reports that there are between 23,000 and 75,000 U.S. sanitary sewer overflows a year, discharging up to 10 billion gallons of raw sewage (2014). All this raw sewage makes its way into our homes and ultimately our environment.
Our Grease Hero Product
The Grease Hero drain guard is an environmentally conscious product designed to keep fat, oil and grease from drains and ultimately our environment. By reducing fat, oil and grease waste material from our drains, we not only greatly reduce our carbon footprint, but protect our landfills, gardens, water sources, streams and oceans from harmful chemicals. With this waste reduction goal in mind, the Grease Hero was created. Simply place the Grease Hero drain guard into the kitchen sink drain and pour the fat, oil and grease directly from the pan into the top of the drain guard.