What is a Grease Trap?

Here's everything you need to know about your grease trap.

You know you have a grease trap or have been told you need a grease trap – but what is a grease interceptor? Although, we know there are other things you would rather be doing, like focusing on your customers. By writing this article, you can learn about your grease trap, ensure your facilities are in compliance, and get back to your real priorities sooner.

The basics: What is the purpose of a grease trap?

A Grease trap is a receptacle that kitchen wastewater flows into before entering the sewer water system.

How does it capture grease?

Grease is 10% to 15% less dense than water and does not mix with water. When kitchen wastewater flows into the interceptor, the Grease rises to the top while the grease-free water stays at the bottom. Pipes extend from the grease trap outlet to the grease trap’s base, allowing the grease-free water to escape and travel up the tube and into the sewer water system. The Grease is collected at the top to be pumped out and disposed of at a city grease collection facility.

What happens if I don't tend to my grease trap?

The most significant problem grease traps cause when not properly managed is clogs. These will clog an entire restaurant kitchen, causing grease-riddled debris to overflow drains and spill out onto the restaurant floor. This isn’t said as a scare tactic this is something commercial plumbers deal with regularly. This can cause employee injuries, cross-contamination, and nasty lingering smells.

Versa Drains recommendations
Annual grease trap inspections and preventative hydro-jetting are two services versa drain highly recommends a commercial kitchen invests in. Annual inspections will keep your grease trap in good standing, allowing technicians to identify problems with the receptacle before they become costly. These repairs could be damaged lids or when a concrete grease trap begins showing its age, epoxying the grease trap instead of replacing it. Annual inspections can decrease your risk of city fines as problems can be addressed before the city has a chance to notice. Over time kitchen drain lines become caked with grease, causing headaches as drains constantly clog and emit a horrible smell. Hydro jetting removes all the F.O.G. (Fats, Oils, & Grease) from the kitchen waistlines and restores them to like new conditions.

Call our expert team at Versa Drain today, 888-427-9711

Alexis Tompkins
Alexis Tompkins

Project Coordinator - At Versa Drain, we love to share our passion and expertise, which is why I enjoy finding time to write these articles to help you find "Your choice for the right fix."

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