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How Does a Grease Trap Work?

grease-trapWorking in a commercial kitchen can be a very hectic experience. When the dining room fills up, it’s only a matter of time before the ticket board and the dish pit start filling up, too. In order to succeed in the foodservice industry, whether you run a small diner or a high-end dinner spot, you need to know that your kitchen itself is going to function as smoothly as your front and back-of-the-house crews. That includes the plumbing system.

When you are preparing and serving food at this volume, there are a lot of dishes that are going to need to be washed. This is undoubtedly going to include some greasy pots and pans. Because grease can lead to serious problems with a drainage system, it is important that you have a dependable grease trap installed in your system by a professional plumber in Largo, FL. If you don’t have a grease interceptor in place, or if it’s not functioning properly, you are going to run into some serious problems.

Why Is Grease a Problem?

When grease and fats are hot, such as when they’re heated up for cooking or when they are rendered out of fatty meats, they are liquids. The trouble is, though, that these liquids will cool off in your plumbing system. When that happens, they congeal. If you’ve ever fried up a few slices of bacon and then left the pan sitting on the stovetop, then you know exactly what we’re talking about.

When those fats and grease congeal in your drainage system, they are going to form a very strong basis for clogs. The key is to intercept FOG (fats, oil, grease) before that can happen. Now, wiping out pans and being careful will help to alleviate this problem, but when you are dealing with food production on the scale of a commercial kitchen, that simply is not going to be effective at completely eliminating the risk of clogs and backups. That is where the grease interceptor comes into play.

How Grease Traps Work

It may not be the most appealing way to put it, but a grease trap really does act like a mini septic tank in your drainage system. Wastewater from the sinks will pass into the grease interceptor, where it is held in the trap’s reservoir. The water cools, and as it does the grease will harden and food solids will settle to the bottom of the tank.

Because the FOG is lighter than the water, it floats to the top of the interceptor. Once this has happened, the remaining wastewater will pass through the interceptor and out into the sewer system. It is important that you have your grease trap cleaned out on a regular basis, so that it does not overfill. If that should happen, backups and other issues that you are trying to avoid in the first place can develop.

Schedule your grease trap and any other commercial plumbing services with the professionals here at Experts Plumbing Services, LLC.

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