Grease Traps 101

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Grease traps need to be pumped regularlyJust like the rest of the water in your house, the water from your kitchen sink flows into your septic system. However, many of the things we pour down the kitchen sink are not just water. Oils and fat congeal over time and can cause problems that back up your system. This is where grease traps come in.

A grease trap is basically a box that traps your wastewater and separates it the way it would naturally separate. Grease and oil naturally float to the top and solids sink to the bottom, leaving just the water in the middle to flow into your system. The grease trap then needs to be pumped to remove the grease.

Do you need a grease trap? Restaurants and commercial kitchens are required to have grease traps because they generate a high volume of grease. If you do a lot of cooking, then a grease trap is a safe way to prevent problems. Not having a grease trap can lead to costly repairs, so if you’re in doubt, it is best to avoid these issues and get a grease trap.

If you already have a grease trap, it is important that you keep it properly maintained. Grease traps need to be pumped regularly to make sure they don’t cause problems, such as sewer backup. Here at Marion Pumper, we can help you determine how often your grease trap should be pumped. When you call us for service on grease traps, we will not only pump out the grease, but we will also clean your grease trap and inspect it for any issues.

For any questions you may have about grease traps, call us at Marion Pumper.