What is a Grease Trap and What Does It Do?
What are these traps used for?
A restaurant grease traps and commercial grease traps are both used in kitchens to seperate grease, fat oil and food particles out of the waste water. Recently smaller units have become available that also work for homeowners with in ground septic systems. Grease traps can be made out off solid metal or hard plastics. Because different facilities vary in the amount of waster water they produce, grease traps can also come in a variety of different shapes and sizes.
A grease trap in benefical to the restaurant owner, the sewer companies and the environment.
Restaurant owners use them so that they can avoid clogging up the main sewer line. This keeps them up and running, and helps them stay busy. Grease traps are only designed for kitchen waste water, they should not be hooked uip to baths or kitchens.
Sewer companies benefit greatly from grease trap. There are currently a lot of back up and sewer blockages in most systems. The problem would undoubteddly be worse if sewer traps did not exist. These traps remove grease and fats from entering the sewer. This waste material can solidify in colder water, coat the interior of pipes and cause blockage problems. These traps have already successfully be used in many major European cities for over 300 years.
A grease trap can also benefit the environment. This is because it can filter and remove unwanted sewage from the water system. One fast food store can use 100s of gallons of vegetable oil in one year. Rather then having all of this vegetable oil going back into rivers and streams, it can be removed by these grease traps. Recently, some companies have also decided that they can recycle the oils and get paid for cleaning out the traps. This is a great solution that helps to create jobs and reduce waste.