Toilets not flushing, sinks leaking, and burst pipes are among the more common plumbing issues that can happen in a building. But there are also problems that arise which building owners are not even aware of, such as grease traps.
It’s a (Grease) Trap!!!
So, what is a grease trap?
Also known as a grease interceptors, recovery devices, and converters, grease traps are plumbing devises that are supposed to prevent grease and solids from entering the wastewater disposal system.
Did You Know? Grease traps have been used since the Victorian Age and Nathaniel Whiting was the first to patent the devise in the 1800s.
It is normal for trace amounts of fats, oils and grease (FOG) to mix with wastewater and enter septic tanks, where they float on top as a layer of scum and are devoured by microorganisms. The issue is when too much enters the tank and it begins to overwhelm the treatment facility, which can cause the untreated sewage to be released into the environment.
In addition, oil and grease change from liquids into solids when they cool, which can cause them to build up and clog drains.
Quick Tip: Never dump cooking oil, or grease, like that from bacon, down the kitchen sink, as it can clog the drain or jam the garbage disposal. Instead, pour the hot liquid into a plastic container or aluminum can, then scrape it into the garbage after it has congealed and hardened.
Rooter Experts Provides Commercial Plumbing Services
Grease traps and liquid waste systems are very common in industrial and commercial buildings, especially restaurants. These devices remove 85-90% of FOG waste. Commercial kitchens are required to have these traps to prevent sewer blockage and overflows.
Rooter Experts can either install new grease traps to get you up to code, clean your existing grease traps, or replace items that are old or outdated. Also, we have commercial plumbing services for cleaning your pipes, if they have become clogged with FOG products.