Restaurants and other food establishments produce fats, oils and grease (FOG) that can travel through city pipelines. Much like cholesterol clogs arteries in the human body, FOGs can harden and stick to the inside of sewer pipes, restrict waterflow, and cause a spill over onto city streets and parking lots. Establishments such as restaurants, cafeterias, supermarkets, schools, banquet halls, food courts and shopping centers are considered FOG producers.
Grease-related overflows are not only expensive to clean up, they can expose customers, employees, food service workers, and others to serious health risks. This is why DERM has recently introduced new efficiency standards for all Miami-Dade grease traps. All grease traps must now be 99% efficient or be considered “non-compliant.” FOG producers with non-compliant grease traps are subject to code violations, fines and even possible legal problems.
To become compliant, engineers need to think outside the box to satisfy regulatory agencies and remain as cost efficient as possible for the client. This may also require a licensed Architect, General Contractor and a Plumber. This is where an engineering firm, like Biscayne Engineering, can help speed the road to compliance by handling the plans and permitting for you.
By getting up to code, food establishment operators will not only save money by avoiding backups inside their property, and prevent damage to the grease trap itself, but will also likely avoid fines from Miami-Dade County and other government agencies.
Let the engineers at BE get your grease waste system, up to code and compliant so you can avoid unnecessary penalties.