Thursday, 22 September 2016

Why a Grease Interceptor Needs Regular Cleaning

Your grease interceptor, or “grease trap” as it’s commonly called, is one of the key pieces of equipment in your food service establishment. Although you’re careful to ensure that you don’t deliberately pour grease, cooking oils or food wastes down your drains, some lipids will inevitably enter your waste water. The grease trap is what catches them before they exit your facilities and go into your sewage system.

How It Works

A grease interceptor works by separating the water from the fats, oils and grease (collectively known as FOGs). Water comes into the unit via a flow regulator, which is intended to keep it from flooding the trap. As it cools, the FOG content solidifies and floats to the surface while other debris sinks to the bottom of the interceptor. This cleaned water enters another compartment through a crossover pipe, where further solids are removed before discharging it into the sewer system.

Common Problems

However, grease traps need routine cleaning and maintenance to stay operational. Once the unit full, the equipment will be unable to separate the water from the lipids. If this happens, grease will eventually back up the unit and build up within its pipelines, rendering it nonfunctional. Other problems, such as clogs in the incoming, outgoing and crossover lines, are a possibility.

Regular cleaning is the key to prevent these and other problems with your grease trap. Your septic and grease trap technician should be able to prescribe a cleaning schedule. Visit this website for more information about grease interceptor cleaning in Soquel.

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