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Grease Trap Interceptors and Treatments

Grease problems have been around for a long time. Nathanial Whiting, a gentleman from the state of California patented the well known grease trap Interceptor in the late 1800’s. The design is still the basic construction method for most grease traps and grease interceptors in today’s restaurants and food preparation facilities.
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Grease Interceptors come in a variety of different sizes, shapes and design depending on the application. They are used in a multitude of applications ranging from your kitchen sink drain to large food processing manufacturing facilities. These applications all have one thing in common, separation of FOG (fats, oils and greases) from waste water treatment facilities. These systems are designed to extern the life of the entire waste water system in addition to the drains leading to the street or septic tank and drain fields.

When systems are poorly serviced and maintained, they will clog waste water treatment systems including pipes, septic tank drain fields and city sewer lines causing backups and costly maintenance repairs.

Treatment of grease traps and grease interceptors have been the focal point of many debates. The issues surrounding the grease traps and grease interceptor maintenance range from one side of the spectrum to the other. Researchers have determined the running hot water in a grease trap system simply does not work. It will only move the heave particles downstream.

Enzymes treatments temporarily change the physical structure of the “FOG” fats, oils and greases, dissolving them long enough to allow the fats, oils and greases to move down stream Fats, oils and greases flow out from the grease trap return to their previous original form, lodging further down the line collecting and clogging pipes, drain and city sewer lines.

Bacteria are the primary method often preferred and recommended by restaurants, food processing centers and city sewer municipalities. Often referred to as bio-remediation describing the digestion effect bacteria have on the FOG. The bacteria will digest the solid fat, oil and greases permanently into water and carbon dioxide as a byproduct..
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Grease trap, grease interceptor and beneficial bacterial treatments are becoming one of the most widely used grease trap products on the market. Municipalities are adopting strict guiding regulating the levels of fats, oils and greases being disposed of in the city sewer waste water system. Municipalities are recommending bacterial treatments as an alternative to conventional chemical products that can disturb the BOD and COD balance of local waste water treatment plants.

By: Bradley Skierkowski