A grease trap refers to a device used in plumbing which is specifically designed to filter greases before entering the wastewater disposal system, and it is called grease interceptor or grease converter. The difference between a grease interceptor and a grease trap is the flow rate, wherein a grease trap has a flow rate of fewer than fifty gallons per minute, while a grease interceptor has more than fifty gallons per minute. The grease trap tank is the reservoir that holds the wastewater and the food solids entering the trap, then as the wastewater cools, the grease, fats, and oil becomes hardened on the top of the grease trap, and there is a settlement of food solids. Depending on the number of gallons, grease trap installation ranges from $250 up to $8,500 for the average cost.
When it comes to sizing commercial grease traps, the size varies according to the rate of incoming flow as expressed in gallons per minute or GPM, and it is associated in the capacity of the grease trap expressed in pounds. When it comes to cleaning your grease trap, you have to wait about ten minutes for the water to cool down inside the trap after emptying the waste water from the automatic dishwasher or compartment sink. It is very important to clean your grease interceptor or grease trap on a regular basis to avoid fats, oil, and grease from mixing with water and later on discharged to the sewer. In food service facilities, the minimum cleaning frequency for grease traps or grease interceptors is about 90 days. You need to clean your grease traps or grease interceptor at least every three months. For busy restaurants, cleaning every month is ideal. If you are thinking you can go for just a few weeks longer before setting an appointment for schedule grease trap cleaning, then think again. Postponing the next scheduled grease trap cleaning for several reasons is not a good idea because it is hazardous to the health of your system, causing flooding in your kitchen, and you might be violating the law when it comes to food safety and business sanitation.
In commercial kitchens, the most neglected equipment are grease traps or grease interceptors. Unfortunately, many people only notice them when they start to fail, but grease traps help in proper waste disposal to prevent clogging on the entire system. When there is clogging in your grease trap, it will cost you expensive repair, so cleaning it regularly is a must. It is always a good idea keeping your waste disposal system intact by ensuring that your grease traps or grease interceptors are clean and working properly to ensure optimum functioning. For more details about different garbage disposal systems, feel free to check us out today!