What Is A Grease Trap?
Simply put, a grease trap is a receptacle that filters wastewater before allowing it to enter your sewer lines. Grease is 10 to 15% less dense than water and doesn’t mix well with its clean counterpart. Grease is extremely dangerous to your drainage systems and is a costly fix that can be prevented. When wastewater passes through a grease trap, the fats and oils rise to the surface and are trapped within the trap using a system of baffles. The captured substances gradually build up on the grease trap, displacing wastewater out of the bottom and into the sewer line. If you look into a grease trap, you will see a mat of grease. When it gets thick and deep enough, the trap must be cleaned to continue its functionality.
A grease trap is essential to maintain the health of your drains. Grease littered with animal fats will cool and solidify at normal temperatures in pipes. As a result, blockages and possibly unsanitary overflows can occur. Grease traps are not limited to commercial buildings or food establishments. Any location with long plumbing systems is at risk for costly fines and repairs if a grease trap is not installed correctly.
Common Types Of Grease Traps
Restaurants are usually equipped with a traditionally designed passive trap that can act as a temporary replacement for grease traps. However, these general traps should not be kept in the long run. As grease traps are specifically designed for trapping fats and oils, it is likely they will last longer and do not have to be maintained as closely. This does not mean that grease traps do not need proper maintenance. Rather, having a specialized tool for the job comes with its designated perks.
Most food establishments are equipped with these four major types of grease traps. A small passive hydromechanical grease trap is for smaller establishments. A large pre-cast concrete gravity grease inceptor is for large buildings and needs machinery for proper installation. Automatic grease recovery systems are ideally for those that want to manage their own grease recovery instead of relying on a third party. Lastly, high grease retention hydromechanical grease trap is designed to last longer than others and take up less space. Keep in mind that smaller traps should be cleaned out by hand. Larger traps should be professionally cleaned by a pump truck or an operated vacuum.
Grease traps have evolved throughout the years. The size and grease trap material can make it difficult and costly to move around but are more efficient in capturing grease. Traditional grease traps, however, have become less efficient in separating grease from wastewater. These traditional traps must be cleaned after roughly 25% of their volume is filled, while newer traps can wait until up to 90%. More efficient grease traps are also a costly but valuable investment.
Grease is a hazardous substance to get into your drains. If a grease trap is too much of a costly investment, consider our drainage products specifically to eliminate grease. Our grease elimination product not only reduces costly blockages but also contains no chemicals, emulsifiers, solvents, or surfactants. You can rest assure that your drains will be protected.Have A Question? Contact A Local Plumber Today