Grease Trap Odors

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Grease Trap Odors

This article is intended to help the reader sort out some of the misguided information and confusion relating to servicing and maintaining grease trap odors and smells. We will also offer some general cost saving advice as to the use of beneficial bacteria in maintaining grease traps, reducing pump outs and reducing grease trap odors.

I would first like to clear up any confusion as to the types of systems we are discussing. Grease traps, grease trap interceptors, grease converters, grease separators and grease recovery devices are all common names for the standard grease trap found in most restaurants. What a grease trap is referred to really depend on what part of the United States you live in. Regardless of where you live, all grease traps have one thing in common, they stink. Grease trap odors are one of the most offensive odors found in a restaurant and can certainly be the cause of customers leaving your establishment never to return relaying the stinky message to their friends and family.

The systems listed above are constructed and function basically the same way. Their sole purpose as grease trap interceptor is to trap, separate and remove fats, oil and greases (FOG) from common waste water restricting the flow of the fats oils and greases. Without a grease trap properly installed and maintained, solids will flowing into the septic tanks drain fields or waste water treatment facility coagulate causing a system to fail resulting in expensive repairs and replacement of parts, pumps and sections pipes.

Waste water originating from commercial businesses contains small amounts of fats, oils and greases. The fats, oils and greases are trapped in the grease trap separator where the anaerobic digestion process takes over, degrading the fats, oils and greases into water and carbon dioxide as a byproduct.

Large amounts of fats, oils and greases produced by restaurants and large food processing facilities occasionally over load these systems resulting in a lack of digestion and allowing waste water contaminated with undigested fats oils and greases to flow into the waste water treatment facility or septic tank drain field clogging and creating system failure systems.

Beneficial bacterial enzyme additives can be a significant benefit to company owners, eliminating grease trap odors and digesting grease trap sludge reducing the need for grease trap pump outs, saving facility thousands in maintenance and pumping fees. This method of treating grease trap odors, sludge, fats, oil and greases is becoming popular due the fact restaurant and food processing managers are becoming better informed and educated with reference to the benefits of bacteria enzymes additives.

The use of bacterial additives in grease trap application can benefit facilities increasing the gevity as well as the performance of the systems giving the owner years of problem free service.

By: Bradley Skierkowski