Grease traps (generally known as grease interceptors, grease recovery devices and grease converters) are water system equipment created to catch the majority of greases and solids before they go into a wastewater disposal system.
Typical wastewater includes small quantities of fats which enter septic tanks and treatment systems to develop a suspended scum coating. This scum coating is digested and absorbed by microorganisms in the anaerobic digestion process. In spite of this, substantial quantities of grease from food production in kitchens and restaurants may very well inundate the septic tank or treatment system, leading to a discharge of untreated sewage into the environment. In addition, high viscosity oils and cooking greases such as fat harden when cooled, which enable it to come together along with other disposed solids to develop blockages in sewer and drainage pipes.
The captured grease and solids from grease traps and gravity interceptors is referred to as brown grease. Brown grease is rotted food solids in combination with fats, oils, and grease (FOG). Brown grease is pumped out of the traps and interceptors by grease pumping trucks like those in McRae’s fleet of septic and waste removal vacuum trucks. Grease is considered a business and commercial waste and if improperly handled, it can clog sewer systems, pollute waterways and contaminate landfills.
By scheduling regular cleaning of your business grease trap you can maintain the health of your disposal system and that of our community sewage and drainage systems. Preventing high cost repairs to remove system blockages that may cause a disruption to your business or temporary closure keeps you and your customers happy. For best performance grease traps / interceptors should be emptied and cleaned when 25% full.
So give us a call or send an email for a fast quote on grease trap cleaning and we can put you on a schedule for painless, trouble free maintenance so you can focus on other areas of your business.