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Grease Traps: Everything You Need to Know

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandApril 21st, 2020

Grease Traps: Everything You Need to KnowGrease traps are pretty much what they sound like. They trap grease, fats and oils from entering the wastewater disposal system. This is an important feature of many commercial and residential kitchens to help prevent clogs and drainage issues. Grease can be deceiving as it is a liquid when at room temperature but becomes thick and hard when cooled, which causes issues if dumped down a drain.

Grease traps are designed to trap grease and heavier food items inside a box with chambers. The harmful grease and food particles get stuck in the box and only water is allowed to flow into the wastewater drain. A grease trap is usually a box on the outside of the building that is attached to the drain line.

Without a grease trap, your sewer lines can clog and get backed up causing costly damages. In many areas with city sewer systems it is required to have a grease trap in a commercial kitchen.

Grease traps will only function properly with frequent cleaning to remove all of the trapped grease, fats, oils and food. Grease traps in commercial kitchens need to be cleaned out every one to three months. Residential kitchen grease traps can be cleaned out two to three times a year. It is important to hire a professional grease trap cleaner to get the entire box cleaned out, including all of the most difficult areas of the trap.

Here at Southeastern Septic LLC, we are very experienced in residential and commercial grease trap installation, cleaning and repair. Give us a call to set up your cleaning or installation today.

What Are Grease Traps and How Do They Work?

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandNovember 21st, 2019

Grease traps can be used in everyday households
It doesn’t take a scientist to know that water and grease do not mix well. However, it can be easy to forget when you are draining things down your pipes. As time goes on, the grease will stick to the sides of the pipes, creating buildup. This grease buildup can clog your pipes, causing drainage problems as well as foul odors.
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Grease Traps: What They Are and What They Do

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandJuly 24th, 2018

Grease Traps
Besides the bathroom and laundry room, the kitchen is the other major site in a home or business where water is used. Water to clean dirty dishes in the dishwasher; water to drink from the refrigerator; or water from the kitchen faucet for either purpose. Like water from the rest of the property, kitchen wastewater flows into the septic tank, but often passes through an additional step first: the grease trap.
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The Big Stink about Dirty Commercial Grease Traps

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandFebruary 6th, 2017

Grease traps aren’t the nicest of topics to discuss, but they are a vital component in any food establishment. Quite often, people are sitting in a restaurant enjoying a delicious meal when they are assaulted by a foul odor caused by the owner not maintaining his or her system for collecting oils, grease and food waste from cooking.

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Neglected Grease Traps Can Compromise Hygiene and Health

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandFebruary 7th, 2017

Maintaining a hygienic and clean operation is vital for any commercial establishment, and for restaurants especially, the condition of all areas can either make or break success. All areas in an eatery must be thoroughly and regularly cleaned. However, in a large kitchen that houses many items of equipment that are constantly being used, this can be tricky.

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How Grease Traps Work for Commercial and Residential Properties

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandFebruary 7th, 2017

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.

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5 Benefits of Having Grease Traps Regularly Pumped

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandFebruary 7th, 2017

1. Less build-up of FOGs (fats, oils, and greases) in the system means it will function effectively for a longer period of time.

2. Clogged grease traps can prevent waste water from flowing easily out of plumbing fixtures and can also possibly result in FOGs entering the wastewater stream – leading to possible complaints/fines from local authorities.

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How Grease Traps Work and Why They Are Necessary

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandMay 23rd, 2014

Basically, grease traps (also called grease interceptors) are devices used to extract fat, oil, and grease (FOG) from waste-water before it enters a municipal sewer system – or a septic system, in some cases.

Grease traps are mostly used in commercial food preparation establishments like restaurants and hotels, although they can also be effectively used in any other commercial or even domestic environment where there is a high concentration of FOGs in waste water, which can have a detrimental effect on the sewer or septic system into which the water flows.

Many local authorities have strict rules about the amount of FOGs permitted in municipal waste-water, and this makes the use of grease traps mandatory for many businesses.

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