Grease traps are like the superheroes of septic systems. That’s because these devices intercept grease. They’re commonly used in restaurant drain lines before entering the sanitary sewer system, but they can work for other businesses and homes that have septic systems, as well. Sometimes the trap is located outside under the ground rather than inside. It’s very important that it be in place so the grease doesn’t wreak havoc on your septic system.
How Grease Traps Work
Grease traps slow down drain water, allowing the grease and water time to cool down. When the grease is cooled, it coagulates and floats to the top, while the heavier solids fall to the bottom of the receptacle. The water that remains is free to pass through and make its way to the septic tank or municipal sewer line. It does this over and over and works fine . . . until there’s a clog.
How to Maintain Grease Traps
It is very important to maintain a grease trap properly so it operates efficiently. Many issues can occur if the collected debris isn’t monitored, such as drain line blockage, foul odors, and backups. Many restaurants and kitchens have to have their grease traps pumped out on a regular basis. Those with smaller grease traps tend to have their maintenance staff handle the cleaning. However, those with larger traps need to have our professionals at Marion Pumper come to assess and clean the trap, so the sludge is properly disposed of and the job is done thoroughly and correctly.