Fatbergs are in the news more than they ever have been. An epidemic of the 2010s, they build up in our sewers from our waste, but there are steps that all of us can take to alleviate the problem of fatbergs.
Our team of leading grease management experts are fully trained to prevent the build-up of fats, oils and grease in your pipes, so contact our team today. Take a look below at the most frequently asked questions we hear about fatbergs to learn a little more about them.
Fatbergs are congealed lumps of fats, oils, greases and non-biodegradable matter such as wet wipes and condoms. They can also contain cotton buds, needles or food waste washed down kitchen sinks.
Fatbergs can be huge. In 2013, a fatberg the size of a bus was found in Kingston upon Thames and since then, fatbergs around ten times the size have been discovered in London. The biggest UK fatberg is thought to have been over 140 tonnes.
Whilst fats, oils and grease can build up in your pipes, the title of “fatberg” is usually reserved for the goliath monstrosities that build up in sewers.
Fatbergs have become increasingly problematic in the last few years due to a number of factors. Many Victorian drains are rough enough for fluid to really gather speed, and this combined with the rise of disposable cloths, has led to fatbergs becoming a problem in the UK of late.
More often than not fatbergs tend to be destroyed by teams with hoses, though one in Newcastle, Australia, was removed with a crane. They can take weeks to be removed from sewers with hoses.
Fatbergs are largely blamed on wet wipes and non-flushable waste. Commercial kitchen grease management solutions can help you to filter out the fats, oils and greases that build up in your pipes.
In the past, fatbergs have been turned into biogas and biodiesel. The majority of the fatberg in Whitechapel, London, for example was turned into biodiesel.