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Septic Pumping and Grease Trap Management

A septic system is a highly efficient, self-contained, underground waste water treatment system. Because septic systems treat and dispose of household wastewater onsite, they are often more economical than the centralized sewer systems in rural areas where lot sizes are larger and houses are spaced widely apart.Grease traps on the other hand 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 help make plumbing systems more efficient.

Septic systems are also simple in design, which makes them generally less expensive to install and maintain. By using natural processes to treat the wastewater onsite, usually in a homeowner’s backyard, septic systems don’t require the installation of miles of sewer lines, making them easier to install and in turn, less disruptive to the environment.

Here are some basic tips on how to maintain your septic pump and grease trap;

If you own a septic system, it is important that it is well maintained and properly installed. How often you need to pump the solids out of your septic tank depends on these three major factors:

  1. The number of people in your household
  2. The amount of wastewater generated
  3. The volume of solids in the wastewater

In respect to grease traps, the easiest grease trap maintenance routine that any person can implement to control the FOG build up and reduce the necessity of pump-outs is the use of a bacteria additive. Grease trap bacteria aids in the reduction of FOG and other 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.

Generally, septic pumping and grease traps are essential to the healthy existence of people and this can only be achieved through the proper maintenance of the grease trap and septic pumps, which are responsible for the disposal of waste generated in our homes. A grease trap or a septic pump that does not function properly will most likely result in poor waste disposal, which will in turn translate to pollution of the environment and eventually result in spread of waterborne diseases.

It is therefore essential to take good care of our septic pumps and grease traps.