by The Nashville Plumber on April 9, 2013

Grease Traps, What You Need to Know

If you are a restaurant owner, someone that came up through the ranks and knows the business, you are already familiar with grease traps and the function they serve. In general, they are separation tanks that keep large volumes of grease from going down the drain. They are in place for environmental reasons as well as for maintenance.

Grease traps that are properly maintained are cleaned on a regular basis. Often times, the frequency of cleaning is a matter of civic code for operating a restaurant. Some restaurants, the ones that were built from the beginning to serve as a restaurant, may have the grease trap in the floor or in the ground. These are usually the best ones and do a good job.

Some of the grease traps that are put in as a retro-fit, are smaller and are installed to meet code requirements, these separate grease from regular waste water, but often have to be put into a less that ideal location. Ideal or not , they usually have to be put in anyway. They are effective enough, however, some require the assistance of grease eating enzymes that are put into the drain.

All grease traps are installed in the drain system before it reaches any sewage. The size of the restaurant, and how many they serve, are usually the biggest determinants of how big the grease trap is going to be.

There are also a whole host of plumbing requirements in order to have them installed properly. Certain size grease traps require a certain size pipe, the pipes leading away have to have sufficient fall, and the seal around the rim of the cover needs to be sealed tight or there will be some pretty unpleasant smells filling your restaurant’s kitchen.

Qualified plumbers are the only people qualified to put in a grease trap. Figuring out the proper size you need, finding the location in the system that meets your inspector’s requirements and the installation itself all require the experience and training of a carrying plumber.

If you need maintenance, repair, draining and cleaning of any sort for residential or commercial Grease Traps & Interceptors, call Green Hills Plumbing at (615) 383-3339!

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