Grease Trap Treatments

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Grease Trap Treatments

This article is intended to offer the reader some general information on the many grease trap treatments available in the market today. We will briefly discuses the difference between chemical, enzyme and bacterial grease trap treatments, their benefits and disadvantages. We will also discuss different products and the consequences of using inferior non effective treatments that can compromise your system and ability to operate. We will also touch on the consequences that may result from the use of these products.

One of the biggest problems plaguing the food service and management industry is grease, commonly referred to by professionals as F.O.G. or (fats, oils and greases). Eliminating grease trap odors and the F.O.G. that causes them, proper maintenance of grease traps can prevent problem situations like backups, frequent pump outs, odors and failure of grease trap inspection.

Restaurants with improperly installed or maintained grease traps can affect the overall operation and production of the facility. Poorly maintained waste water treatment systems can produce odors, unsafe sanitary conditions for employees and an unpleasant dining experience for patrons resulting in a permanent loss of customers and revenue. Unhappy customers will surly tell friends and family of their smelly dining experience.

There are many inferior over-the-counter chemical type grease trap products that just don’t live up to their claims. Products that will temporarily break up the grease, disguise grease trap odors, smells and problems until a buildup in grease accumulates to an elevated level causing an unfortunate back up to occur costing the owner thousands of dollars in down time, clean up fees and repairs.

Grease trap enzymes treatments are commonly used product in the restaurant and food service industry. Enzymes temporarily breakdown F.O.G. fats, oils and greases allowing them to pass through the system, bypassing the grease trap entering sensitive areas of the system were they will re coagulate. The coagulated grease will eventually cause a buildup in septic tank drain fields and city sewer water transfer points blocking collection pipes and city sewer lines. More municipalities are outlawing the use of enzymes as a grease trap treatment, forcing operators to increase the number of pump outs and advising them of the benefits of a bacterial grease trap additive.

Grease trap treatment bacterial additives are by far the most advanced treatment designed for the sole purpose of treating grease traps and their adjoining waste water treatment system. Beneficial bacteria are single celled organisms with the ability to reproduce and multiply doubling every 30 minutes, digesting fats, oils and grease unlike enzymes that offer a onetime effect on grease after the initial application. Beneficial bacterial grease trap treatments have the ability to digest fats, oils and greases turning them into water and carbon dioxide as the byproduct. When used properly, bacteria will digest fats, oils and greases cleaning pipes and restoring clogged septic tank drain fields to a like new condition.

When business owners ignore the maintenance of grease traps and regulation set forth by their municipality, systems will fail, sewer lines will clog and the cost of doing business will increase. Maintaining a grease trap will ensure a safe healthy working environment for employees and ensure a well functioning grease trap system.

By: Bradley Skierkowski