How Grease Traps Work for Commercial and Residential Properties

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandAugust 20th, 2021

In most cases, only commercial properties, particularly restaurants, have grease traps installed. A grease trap helps a business to reduce blockages in the plumbing caused by greasy water. It works by slowing down the water flow, thereby allowing it to cool and get the oil and grease to separate from the water and then get trapped by baffles. Businesses such as restaurants and commercial kitchens are generally required by law to have a grease trap. There are also other types of traps to handle specific needs, such as hair interceptors for salons and lint interceptors for laundry facilities.

How Grease Traps Work for Commercial and Residential PropertiesOn the other hand, it is not generally required to have grease traps installed in your home, except in a few areas of the country.  Since grease is one of the most damaging things for septic systems, some homeowners opt to have a grease trap installed in their home to prevent fats, oils and greases from getting into the drain field, thereby lengthening the life of the septic system.

The important thing with both commercial and residential grease traps is to keep the trap clean– otherwise it can be worse than not having one at all. While most homeowners can handle the task of cleaning a grease trap, many opt to have it done through a maintenance contract with a professional, along with also having drain cleaning performed. Regular maintenance on a home’s plumbing system is an ideal way to avoid repair bills as well as the frustration of a backup.


For installation of grease traps in Bartow FL, contact us at Southeastern Septic. Our owner, Shane Ray, has over 10 years of experience, and we are committed to providing quality service at affordable prices. Give us a call today!

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