Septic Tank Grease Traps And Their Importance

septic tank grease trapWe have always talked about not pouring grease down the drain. Oil and grease solidify at low temperatures and that’s just what’s going to happen if they stay too long inside the pipes. As you can see, the temperature inside the pipes is generally cooler.  And for that very reason, these waste substances stick to the walls of the pipes and result to clogs. You’ll know what to expect next. You won’t be able to use your plumbing fixtures like you used to. Your daily routine will be hampered. You’ll be greatly inconvenienced. Fortunately, there are such things as grease traps.

Grease traps? What are they?

Grease traps are also called as grease interceptors. These are efficient plumbing devices that are designed to block the access of grease, wax, oil, fact and other types of debris into your home’s septic tank or the public sewer where your house is hooked to. These waste materials are prime culprits for clogs and that’s already one good reason why they shouldn’t get into the system. Aside from preventing clogs, grease interceptors are also designed to filter out the greasy elements and separate them from the wastewater. This way, your septic tank or the public sewer won’t get filled with grease and just deal with sewage.

Do you need grease traps in your property?

Yes, building codes mandate the installation of grease traps to guarantee that sewage will be pre-treated prior to its entry in the septic tank or sewer system. These devices are not only required among residential structures but also in commercial establishments as well.

Grease Trap Maintenance

To ensure that the grease trap functions optimally, it also requires consistent care and cleaning. Here’s how professionals clean the traps.

  1. The grease interceptor’s lids will be removed using a crow bar or any similar tool. This should be done carefully to guarantee that the gaskets located under the grease traps’ lids won’t get damaged.
  2. When the covers are removed, their components will be removed, too. The plumbers need access to the very containers.
  3. Once the lid and its components are detached, the plumber will make use of a measuring stick or a wooden dowel that will be inserted into the grease trap. The stick or dowel will measure the amount of grease, fat, oil and wax that the trap has intercepted and stored in its container.
  4. The measurement will then be recorded because it will be used as a reference in the future, in the event of another cleaning service or maintenance appointment.
  5. After the measurement is taken, the liquid substances inside the trap will be scooped out with a bucket.
  6. Afterward, the solid waste materials will be removed, too. They will be transferred to another container (leak-free) and then disposed properly.
  7. When the traps have been emptied, they will be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water.
  8. After cleaning, they will be re-assembled.

We hope that you enjoyed reading our blog about septic tank grease traps. If you need these devices installed in your property now, just call the most trustworthy plumbers in the US. Plumbers 911 provides exceptional local plumbing services in the US including grease trap installation, backflow prevention, leak detection, camera sewer inspection and many more! Call us now at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL) or (877) 932-5325 (Washington DC) to schedule a service!

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Posted on: June 10, 2015