A grease trap should be an essential part of any waste management system, whether connected to residential septic systems or a commercial establishment’s municipal sewer. Removal of grease should be equally important, as cleaning grease traps can be a critical factor in preventing septic systems from failing or potentially contaminating public water systems with unnecessary spills. Using grease trap cleaning services should be standard equipment for any septic system these days, and we’ll show you why.
The importance of oil separators
Of all the types of waste that can end up in sewers, grease and oil are two of the most difficult to deal with. They take a long time to break down, and even if your septic system contains microorganisms to deal with the waste, it will take longer than necessary to completely break it down. If this waste is filtered normally, since oil is heavier than water, it is separated from the solid waste and kept between the discharge lines and the solid waste tank. Over time it will solidify again and cause unnecessary blockages that can shut down your entire system.
Oil and grease, especially if they come from food processing,
Can do much more harm than clog. If oil is left in the septic tank, the oil may stink as parts that were once meat begin to deteriorate. If water gets into the pipe, it can contaminate and multiply harmful bacteria, at least in the pipes. More importantly, it can cause harmful toxins to form in the septic system itself, often in the form of toxic gases, posing a serious health risk to anyone exposed to it. All of this can be easily avoided by installing grease traps to prevent grease and oil from reaching the septic tank or waste treatment systems in the first place.
How do they work
The trap is a box-like device placed between the kitchen drain and the main sewer system. Designed to drain and collect oil and grease that are heavier than the water running through them, keeping the grease traps open until you have a chance to clean them. Smaller home versions, often made of plastic or metal, require regular cleaning, especially if you’re cooking a lot of greasy food because of the potential for bacteria growth in drains and pipes.
In commercial buildings where grease or oil drain is possible,
valves such as sinks and floor drains should be installed. Some foods, especially poultry, smell more of oil than others, and the first clue is usually a horrible smell. With regular cleaning of these preventatives, you will not have this problem, and in a commercial setting, neglecting this requirement could result in a violation of municipal sanitation rules if found during an inspection.
Small household grease traps are designed to be easily removed and cleaned by hand. Be sure to remove all solids from the grease trap and dispose of it in the trash and outside. Then scrub the inside of the louver with antibacterial cleaners, dry it and put it back in place. Another method is to schedule your septic system cleaned by local professionals if you don’t want to do it on your own. For larger units, there are two methods of cleaning the grease traps by scraping or pumping. In the stripping method, they leave the rejected oil in the trap and remove as much solid waste as possible. The pumping method is much more hygienic and completely removes solid and liquid waste from the drainage system, which is provided regularly after cleaning. For more information visit our website https://www.allinsanitationservices.com/grease-trap-pumping-and-cleaning/