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Commercial Grease Trap Cleaning & Maintenance

Grease traps are also known as grease interceptors, grease recovery devices and grease converters. Grease traps are plumbing devices designed to intercept most greases and solids before they enter a wastewater disposal system. Grease traps are important as they make our plumbing systems more efficient.

Common wastewater contains small amounts of oils which enter into septic tanks and treatment facilities to form a floating scum layer. This scum layer is very slowly digested and broken down by microorganisms in the anaerobic digestion process. However, very large amounts of oil from food production in kitchens and restaurants can overwhelm the septic tank or treatment facility, causing a release of untreated sewage into the environment. Also, high viscosity fats and cooking greases such as lard solidify when cooled, and can combine with other disposed solids to form blockages in drain pipes.

As such, grease traps need to be constantly looked after so as to avoid the devise from getting spoilt. Here are some cleaning tips;

Depending on the size, there are different ways of cleaning the grease trap. Many state and local governments have ordinances requiring that a grease trap be pumped out every so often, so it is important to first check with local government to find out the particular criteria to use. However, aside from any mandatory pump-outs that may be required, there are other methods

Another grease trap maintenance routine that any restaurant or kitchen can implement to reduce the necessity of pump-outs is the use of a bacteria additive. Grease traps bacteria aids in the reduction of organic waste by biologically breaking down and digesting the waste leaving behind only carbon dioxide and water. This can significantly reduce the need for frequent pump-outs along with controlling odors emitted by the grease trap. Additionally, as some of the bacteria are washed out with the water, it will serve to benefit the municipal wastewater-receiving stream. Grease trap bacteria are available in varying types.

Powder varieties are available and generally take up less shelf space and are cheaper to ship. Finally, grease traps can be set up with automatic injection pumps to automatically pump bacteria into the grease trap at set intervals for virtually maintenance free treatment.

Generally, grease traps are helpful in more ways than one to human beings and the importance of maintaining them can’t be more emphasized than the government enacting laws to ensure that grease traps are maintained, hence, people should learn how to take care of their grease traps.