The Benefits of Cleaning Home Grease Trap

The use of grease traps should be standard equipment on any septic system today. A grease trap is a priority in any waste disposal system, whether a septic system in a home or a city sewer system in a commercial business. Cleaning grease traps should also be given equal attention because grease removal can be a critical determinant in preventing septic systems from failing or potentially contaminating public water systems with waste.

The importance of grease traps

Of all the possible forms of waste that can end up in the sewer, grease and oil, solid or liquid, are two of the most difficult to recycle. They take a significant amount of time to break down, and even if your septic system includes waste treatment microorganisms, it will take longer than it should break down completely.

If this is filtered out by conventional means, the oil will separate from any solid and become trapped between the drain lines and the solid waste tank because oil is heavier than water. Over time, it will build up and harden again, causing unnecessary blockages that can shut down your entire system.

Oil and fat, especially if sourced from the food industry, can damage much more than just cluttering up jobs. If left inside a septic system, the fat can go rancid as parts once meat begins to break down. At the very least, if it is dumped into the plumbing, it can contaminate it and cause harmful bacteria to grow inside the pipes. More importantly, it can also lead to a buildup of harmful toxins in the septic system, usually in toxic gasses, posing a serious health risk to anyone exposed to them.

How they work

The interceptor is simply a box-like device installed between the kitchen drain and the main sewer system. It is designed to filter and trap the heavier oil and grease from the water flowing through it and keep them there until the grease trap pump can be cleaned. Usually made of plastic or metal, smaller home versions need to be cleaned regularly, especially if you cook a lot with fatty foods, mainly because of the potential for bacteria to grow inside drains and pipes.

In commercial premises, traps should be installed where grease or oil is likely removed, such as sinks and floor drains. With regular cleaning of these interceptors, you should not have this problem. In a commercial environment, neglecting this duty can violate municipal sanitation regulations if they are found during an inspection.

Cleaning methods

The small grease traps installed in the home are designed to be easily removed and cleaned by hand. Another method is to schedule your septic system cleaned by local professionals. Then wipe the inside of the interceptor with antibacterial cleaners, dry, and replace.

There are two methods for cleaning grease traps for larger installations: skimming or pumping. The skimming method removes as much solid waste as possible, leaving the discarded oil trapped. The pumping method is more hygienic and completely removes solid and liquid residues from the regularly introduced drainage system after cleaning.

By Ashley Akin
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