Commercial plumbing systems share much in common with their smaller, somewhat less complex residential counterparts. Unfortunately, these commonalities are not limited to positives. Commercial plumbing systems also share some common potential problems with residential systems, including issues caused by fats, oils, and grease, a.k.a. FOG. Because commercial kitchens work at such a high volume of production, FOG can pose a very serious threat.
It is for this reason that you must have a commercial grease trap in Tampa, FL if you operate a commercial kitchen. Commercial grease traps are important not only for preventing clogged drains and clogged sewers on your property, but for the municipal plumbing system as well. Whatever commercial grease trap services you may require, you can count on our commercial plumbers to do the job right.
How Does a Commercial Grease Trap Work?
Residential properties don’t really have a need for designated grease traps—though you should certainly be careful not to put FOG down your home drains. Because of the volume of cooking fats and grease, as well as dirty dishes being thrown into dishwashers and sinks, however, commercial properties can run into very serious problems with grease buildup. The purpose of the commercial grease trap is—as you’ve probably guessed—to trap grease before it enters the drainage system.
It does this by working much like a miniature septic tank. Wastewater is held in the grease trap, and as it cools, the FOG hardens and floats to the top of the trap. It is lighter than the water, allowing for this to happen naturally. Hard bits of food solids sink to the bottom of the grease trap. The wastewater is held in the middle. Once the separation has occurred, the wastewater is forced out of the trap and into the sewer.
What Happens to the FOG and Food Particles?
This is an important question to keep in mind. After all, like a septic tank, there is only so much room to be had in the grease trap. That is why you need to have your grease trap cleaned out on a regular basis, much like a septic tank must be pumped. You seriously do not want to deal with a backed up grease trap, especially when you have guests eating in your establishment. That grease and food waste does not emit a pleasant odor.
Why Is All of This Necessary?
When FOG enters the grease trap and cools down, as described above, it congeals and solidifies. If you let that FOG go right into your drains and sewer system, then it will do much the same within those pipes. This leads to very serious clogs in very short order.
There is also the municipal sewer system to consider. If the grease from all of the restaurants in the area were just to flow out into the sewer system, you can imagine the devastating effects that it could have citywide! This is why commercial kitchens are required to have grease traps installed.
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No matter what your commercial plumbing needs are, trust the professionals at Experts Plumbing Services, LLC to get the job done right. To learn more about our Tampa commercial plumbing services or to request an estimate, call our team today!
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