Grease traps have improved greatly since the Victorian days, but it was not until the late 1800s that Nathaniel Whiting acquired the patent for the grease trap. Grease trap/interceptors are essential to prevent the accumulation of grease in the area's sewage which can cause overflowing. The blockages can cause homes as well as businesses backup issues and extensive damage. It will also cause a degrading quality of the water supply. As a homeowner, it is normal to want to better understand how they work and what they are.
What is a Grease Trap/Interceptor?
Before you know how a trap/interceptor works, you need to understand its job. It is a plumbing device used to capture solids and grease before they go into a wastewater disposal system. It is best described by the acronym FOG which stands for the fats, oils, and grease that will float to the top of sewage tanks because they are lighter than water.
While grease traps are required at food service facilities, they are not required at residential setting unless you prepare food for the purpose of business or commercial gain. The unit can be located under-the-counter or in-ground with approximately 1,000-gallon capacity or more.
How Does It Work?
The law requires the traps be pumped-out or emptied when 25% of the tank is occupied by grease sludge. It is designed to stop 15% of the grease that will enter the wastewaters sanitary sewer. It has no effect on the wastewater from the facility, and it will bypass the trap during busy hours. Most of the conventional grease traps cannot control the restaurant's wastewater.
How Do You Measure It?
The process for maintenance requires some skill, so the parts aren't damaged. The parts need to be cleaned and replaced. It is useful to refer to a manual during this procedure. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires the contents need to be measured and placed on an FOG pump report.
How to Remove It?
Use a bucket to remove the waste and place it in a heavy-duty trash bag or airtight container. It is not to be placed back into the trap. A wet/dry vac would be a good way to remove the debris from the sides of the unit.
Grease is a messy situation and needs to be handled according to the laws provided within your area. If you have a business or similar situation where you have excessive grease accumulation, you are required by law to adhere to these policies. After all, it is for your family and dedication to a clean water supply for your area.
For more information, contact Hophan Plumbing & Heating or a similar company.