You may be aware of the detrimental effects of grease on plumbing systems. If you are wise, you likely keep grease out of your drains, understanding that grease, oils, and fats can harden in your drains and cause clogs. Worse, homes with septic tank installations may experience serious issues as vital bacteria in the tank is burdened with breaking down waste into sludge with the greases and oils getting in the way. If you are worried about an issue with your septic system, you can call the professionals at Septic Blue to take a look. However careful you are, though, grease and fats will find their way into the drains. Luckily, a grease trap installation adds an extra layer of protection. Interested in learning about the benefits of a grease trap installation at your commercial kitchen? Continue reading. Call us now to schedule septic tank pumping in Duluth and all nearby towns in The Metro Atlanta area.
What Is A Grease Trap and How Does It Work?
A grease trap is a plumbing device that intercepts copious amounts of grease, fats, and oils before they have a chance to enter the plumbing system where they can harden and cause clogs. They are especially common, and required in some places, in commercial kitchens where large amounts of grease are used. They are also used in residential kitchens used for home businesses. In essence, they are often found in kitchens that deal with large amounts of greasy and fatty foods.
Plumbing systems are crucial for the efficient operation of businesses and they are a cornerstone of modern sanitation. Thus, they should be taken care of to the best of our ability. Grease, fats, and oils are found in most dishes and can find their way into your drains when you rinse them off before tossing the dishes into the dishwasher. Though liquid form of these oils can flow straight through the pipes in hot water, they can harden quickly in colder water. Over time, the hardened oils cling and collect in the drains, sticking to other debris as well. Eventually, you have a clog on your hands that can be devastating down the line.
Large amounts of grease are also problematic for septic systems. While normal amounts of oil, grease, and fats can be treated in the septic tank, large amounts can overwhelm the microbes and microorganisms in the septic tank that are responsible for breaking them down.
Other Options for A Grease Trap
If you do not use large amounts of oil, we still recommend that you are mindful of greases and fats entering your drains. A good preventative measure to take is to collect them in a container and toss them into the trash bin once the container is filled and closed. We also recommend that you pour hot water down the drains regularly to melt and wash away hardened oils in the pipes. If you are running a home business with a menu that is oil heavy, then we recommend that you look into a grease trap installation. If you have a septic system, then consider consulting with the experts at Septic Blue to learn about more of your options.