Grease Trap Bacteria Additives

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Grease Trap Bacteria Additives

Virtually all commercial restaurants and commercial food preparation facilities utilize grease traps or more commonly known as grease trap interceptors. This article was is written with the intention of offering the reader some general advise on grease trap treatments as well as maintaining a grease trap or grease trap interceptor. There are several different products on the market today designed to treat grease traps and more specifically reducing odors that originate from grease traps and grease trap interceptors.

Grease traps and grease trap Interceptors are a significant part of the waste water treatment system in any commercial restaurant or food service establishment. Improperly maintained grease trap systems will result in grease trap odors, fowl smells and clogged drain lines resulting in disruption of service coasting owned down time and thousands in repairs.

Odors emitting from a grease trap can travel thought your restaurant settling in the dining areas and restrooms. Grease trap odors are extremely offensive and can be the down fall of any restaurant if not addressed and left unattended. If you have ever experienced strong odors upon entering a restaurant that appears to be clean and well maintained, it is most likely coming from the kitchen where the grease trap is typically located. Customers offended by the fowl grease trap odors will most likely not return, spend the rest of their days relaying their stinky experience to friends and family.

There are several types of grease trap interceptor additives on the market today. Some are chemical; most others consist of enzymes and beneficial bacteria as their base active ingredient. The difference between the three varies greatly.

Chemical grease trap treatments are toxic and kill off good bacteria naturally found in the grease trap environment. This increases the need for additional chemical product. Research has shown less than favorable results from chemicals used in grease trap maintenance and determined that chemical treating of grease traps can be far less effective then beneficial bacterial treatments.

Enzyme grease trap treatments have a onetime effect, unable to multiply and reproduce as bacteria would. Enzymes temporarily breaking down fats, oils and grease only to move them down stream were they re coagulate causing blockages in the restaurant drainage system, also creating problems for the city sewer authority. Some municipalities and waste water treatment plants are issuing monetary fines for the excess fats, oils, and grease due to a lack of maintenance by the restaurant owners. The municipalities are drafting guidelines with reference to maintenance of grease traps forcing restaurants and food processors to comply.

Bacterial grease trap treatments are probably the preferred choice by restaurant owners and food service companies. Bacteria additives are quickly becoming the grease trap treatment of choice for many companies due to their ability to reproduce and multiply. Bacteria treatments consume fats, oils and greases digesting them into water and carbon dioxide. Over a short period of time, with proper maintenance, bacterial treatments will digest fats, oils and greases in the grease trap reducing the buildup in drain pipes leading to the city sewer system. This improves waste water flow to the city sewer reducing the occasional snaking of grease clogged lines, reducing maintenance and overall cost. In the event the owner is utilizing an onsite septic tank and drain field waste water treatment system, bacteria, over a period of time will improve the leaching ability of grease clogged drain fieldlines.

By: Bradley Skierkowski