Grease Traps And Grease Interceptors
What is the purpose of grease traps and grease interceptors?
Grease traps and grease interceptors perform similar functions. They work by preventing fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from leaving a kitchen facility and prevent the clogging of sanitary sewer lines. These FOG compounds are byproducts of cooking, and originate from food materials like meat and dairy products. Think bacon and heavy whipping cream! As they travel down the drain they can stick to the inside of sewer lines. Over time, the FOG can cause nasty buildups, blockages in your pipes.
What is a grease trap?
A grease trap is a small FOG removal unit. They are suitable for kitchen applications where the flow of oil and grease production is low. Grease traps are typically installed somewhere beneath the sink, inside the kitchen.
What is a grease interceptor?
A grease interceptor is a large FOG removal unit. They are suitable for large-scale kitchen facilities that produce a large amount of grease. Grease interceptors are better at handling higher flow rates and pressures.
How should restaurant owners maintain grease traps and grease interceptors?
If you haven’t already guessed, consistent maintenance of your grease trap or grease interceptor is very important! Although some municipalities dictate otherwise, a good rule of thumb is to pump out traditional underground grease traps and grease interceptors every three months. Another indicator of when you should pump iss when they reach 25 percent of the trap or interceptor depth. Depending on the the output of the restaurant, cleaning frequencies for traps and interceptors can be daily to weekly.
What could potentially occur if the regulations of the FOG Ordinance are not met by my restaurant or food service establishment?
Depending on where you are located, enforcement actions could include, but are not limited to:
- a notice of violation without fine
- notice of violation with fines of $100 or $200
- civil penalties
- submission of a compliance plan
- installation of a properly sized, exterior grease interceptor
- clean-up costs for blockages and sanitary sewer overflows
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Is it time to get your trap or interceptor pumped? Are you questioning if your current grease pumper is properly cleaning your grease trap or grease interceptor? Then fill out the form below! The Bob’s Septic team is more than happy to stop by and evaluate your system!
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