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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.