Grease traps are a device used in business drains that stop solids including grease from entering the sewer system. Oils that are not trapped can cause havoc to facilities and septic tanks. The grease can block drains and cause backups and other problems. A grease trap is generally used in the pipes of restaurants and food preparation businesses.
Separating water from the oils using a grease trap allows water to flow freely through the pipes. Without it, the grease builds up over time and stops or slows the water. There are several different types of traps that are designed for separation.
A great interceptor, or grease trap, that uses an inlet diffuser or baffle system is recommended. The size of the trap is dependent on the amount of flow generated from the kitchen. Traps need to meet at least a 90% grease removal standard.
How They Work
The basic working principle is based on the grease cooling off and solidifying inside the trap. Once the grease is solid the water can continue on through the trap, pipes, and into the sewer system. The grease now builds up inside the trap and requires regular cleanings.
Traps usually must be cleaned when they meet a 25% capacity level. If they become too full they are not efficient and the grease escapes into the drain, which defeats the purpose of the trap. A professional grease trap cleaning company is trained to pump, vacuum, and haul the extracted waste, disposing of it properly. They remove the grease and scrape the sides to ensure a complete and thorough cleaning. Both small and heavy use kitchens require trap cleanings to be done on a regular basis.
If grease is left in the trap, it begins to develop an unpleasant smell. Businesses need to make sure that the grease is removed promptly and completely by a trained professional to avoid any lingering odors. There are laws and regulations that must be followed or fines can be incurred.
There are local codes in Metro Vancouver that pertain to grease trap requirements. Protecting the environment from the release of unhealthy grease is a priority. Each year there is wasted money spent at municipal treatment plants because of no traps or inappropriate cleanings in restaurants. Businesses need to call a professional grease trap cleaner to ensure that all the work is done according to code. At McRae’s we can automate your cleaning on a computerized schedule to ensure problem free, and compliant, pipes for your business.