Introduction to Grease Traps

Grease Traps & Interceptor Service A grease trap (also known as grease interceptor, grease recovery device and grease converter) is a plumbing device designed to intercept most greases and solids before they enter a waste-water disposal system. Common waste-water contains small amounts of oils which enter into septic tanks and treatment facilities to form a floating scum layer. This scum layer is very slowly digested and broken down by microorganisms in the anaerobic digestion process. However, very large amounts of oil from food production in kitchens and restaurants can overwhelm the septic tank or treatment facility, causing a release of untreated sewage into the environment. To maintain proper restaurant operation, install your Alhambra Grease Trap Services.

There are a number of different grease separation devices with varying degrees of technology used in the foodservice industry and come in both manual and automatic models. According to the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, these devices should be installed at every FOG-producing area including prep, pre-wash, mop sinks, woks, trash compactors and floor drains.

While manual grease traps are relatively inexpensive to purchase and maintain, automatic systems use different methods such as belts and skimmers along with a heating element to mechanically separate the FOG from the wastewater. Then, it removes the FOG waste into a separate container. Automatic grease traps are more complex, expensive systems that require electrical connections but can be very effective FOG removal devices. These systems are often configured with sensors and controllers that will signal when the system is full. Both larger restaurants and some non-commercial foodservice can benefit from using automatic grease traps.

Restaurants and food producers that generate a large volume of FOG usually install grease interceptors, also commonly called grease traps, outside the kitchen. Interceptors are large, often preferable containers of 1000 gallons or more buried at ground level outside the foodservice facility. They are often required in new construction and require less maintenance than manual grease traps, but need maintenance from a professional grease collector that pumps the FOG from the containers.

At Optimal Biofuels, we provide proper sizing of grease collection devices for proper FOG removal. Please bear in mind that grease trap installation requires building permits and should only be installed by a licensed grease trap service company. To learn more about how your restaurant can benefit from an updated grease trap, our hood cleaning, hydro jetting, as well as our complimentary used cooking oil collection service, and our other services, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (877) us today at (877) 702-3835.


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