Top 10 Grease Trap Questions

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Top 10 Grease Trap Questions

This top 10 grease trap questions article is provided to the public with the intention of providing basic information pertaining to grease traps, grease interceptors and their function? With our top 10 question regarding grease traps and interceptors, we will attempt to explain the need for grease traps and who will be required to use them. We will explain how the systems work and the maintenance required for keeping a grease trap or greasing interceptor operating at peak performance with limited repairs to the system.

1) What are grease traps and grease interceptors? – Grease traps and grease interceptors are used remove and separate fate, oils and greases (FOG) from the waste water created by a restaurants or food service establishment (FSE). They are usually installed after the sinks and dish washer under the sink in an out of the way place.

2) Who is required to use a grease trap or grease interceptor? – Generally speaking, any facility that is preparing food or manufacturing food products should be using a grease trap in order to remove the grease from the waste water treatment systems. This will extend the life expectancy of many components related to the system.

3) What size grease trap or interceptor do I need? - The size and type of the grease trap system will depend on the amount of fats, oils and greases (FOG) used in the preparation of food and services produced by the facility. Water usage in the form of gallons per hour is also a factor in the consideration process when determining the size and flow rate of waste water flowing through the grease trap or grease interceptor. Small restaurants will service around 100 meals a day and require a grease trap that will process 4-8 gallons per minute.

4) What is the cost associated with pumping out a grease trap? Depending on the amount of grease being produced by the restaurant or food service establishment (FSE) will be the determining factor. Most grease trap pumping companies charge by the gallon. Small restaurants like to one mentioned can be expected to charge between $50.00 to $100.00 dollars.

5) Do Grease Trap additives work? The answer is yes. Make sure that you are using a bacterial product and not an enzyme. Bacteria will eliminate strong odors and digest fats, oils and greases reducing them to water and carbon dioxide. Beneficial bacteria can also reduce or eliminate pump outs.

6) What are the additional benefits of using grease trap additives? Additional benefits of using grease trap additives are many in that fat, oil and greases all accumulate in our waste water drainage systems. These drain pipes are subject to clogging and may require replacement without the use of beneficial bacteria.

7) Septic tank, drain fields and grease leaching pits? Beneficial bacteria have been proven effective in bio remediation opening clogged septic tanks used in restaurant grease trap applications. From lack of properly maintaining a grease trap, solids will migrate to the drain field causing the drain fields to clog with solids, grease, fats and oil build up. With the proper application of beneficial bacteria, grease can be digested into water and carbon dioxide.

8) Am I required by law to install a grease trap or grease interceptor? Some municipalities do not regulated the amount of grease being discharged into their sewer system, while other municipalities like New York City, NY have created a “Sewer Use Regulation” division in charge of designating a task force for the sole purpose of monitoring restaurants and food service establishments (FSE) that produce fats, oils and greases and are currently utilizing a grease trap system. Restaurants that are required to utilize a grease trap will be required to maintain the system in accordance with the requirements of the municipality scheduling regular pump outs and keeping an accurate log of the maintenance performed on the system.

9) How much does a Grease Trap cost? There are several factors associated with the purchase of a grease trap. The number of meals served each day, the type of cuisine served, regulation imposed by your local sewer authority. Determining if you intend on installing the grease trap yourself. You have to ask yourself, can I inst a grease trap? Grease trap for a small restaurant can run $300.00 to 1,000.00 depending on the bells and whistles. In my experience it is beneficial to go with a basic middle of the road grease trap. Maintain and treat the grease trap with beneficial bacteria will ensure years of problem free service from your grease trap.

10) How much does it cost to maintain a grease trap? If your planning on opening a restaurant your probably wondering how much will it cost. The grease trap system is a significant investment and one that will save you thousands in the long run if installed and maintained properly. Depending on the size of the grease trap and the amount of fats, oil and greases being used through the system, directly affect the cost of servicing a system. Depending on the number of meals served each day and the type of food being cooked or processed will determine the cost. Small restaurants serving 100 meals a day will typically range between $300.00 and $400.00 a year with a good beneficial bacteria additive introduced into the system on a daily basis. Consider employing an automatic dispensing metering pump in an effort to control the cost and dosing rate of the bacterial product.

By: Bradley Skierkowski