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What Are Grease Traps and How Do They Work?

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandNovember 21st, 2019

Grease traps can be used in everyday households
It doesn’t take a scientist to know that water and grease do not mix well. However, it can be easy to forget when you are draining things down your pipes. As time goes on, the grease will stick to the sides of the pipes, creating buildup. This grease buildup can clog your pipes, causing drainage problems as well as foul odors.

Here’s where grease traps come into play. The power of grease traps is in the name — they trap grease before problems can occur. They work by cooling grease, allowing it to harden and separate from water. As it is cooled, the grease hardens and the grease traps catch the floating grease, while the water continues to go down the pipes. The traps are eventually pumped, getting rid of the nasty grease without causing damage to the regular pipes.

Grease traps can be used in everyday households, but they are absolutely needed in large facilities preparing food. Can you imagine the amount of grease a burger joint produces every day? Grease traps prevent blocked drainpipes and sewers that could impact the surrounding community, which is why large establishments are required to have them. They are also good for the environment, as the grease can be recycled for other uses.

Here at Southeastern Septic LLC, we have over 10 years of experience installing and repairing grease traps. Whether you want one for your home or business, we can figure out the right size grease trap for your kitchen. Contact us today to learn more!