Commercial plumbing systems have a lot in common with their smaller, residential counterparts. But, they are typically more expansive, and therefore more complex. This is particularly true when we’re talking about commercial kitchens. As such, certain problems can arise that could put an absolute halt to your business operations. These problems include issues caused by FOG (fats, oils, and grease), which poses a very serious threat.
It’s for this reason (aside from it being legally required) that your commercial kitchen be equipped with a grease trap, professionally installed and serviced by a commercial Cary, NC plumber. This important system will not only help prevent clogged drains and sewer lines on your property, but will protect the municipal plumbing system as well—helping you to run your business and to do your part in creating a healthier community.
How Do Commercial Grease Traps Work?
The average residential property doesn’t have a need for a grease trap (although, FOG should be avoided in this case, too!) But due to the volume of cooking fats and grease in addition to dirty dishes being thrown into dishwashers and sinks, commercial kitchens can run into very serious issues with grease buildup and backup. The purpose of a grease trap, then, is to trap grease before it ever has a chance to see the drainage system.
It functions similarly to a miniature septic tank. Wastewater is held in the grease trap, and as it cools down the FOG hardens and floats to the top of the trap. It’s liter than the water, and this enables this process to happen naturally. Hard bits of food solids sink to the bottom of the grease trap, leaving the “clean” wastewater in the middle, where it can be forced out of the trap and into the sewer.
So, Then What Happens to the FOG and Food Particles?
This is a reasonable question! After all, similar to a septic tank, there’s only so much room within a grease trap. This is why you need to have your commercial grease trap cleaned out on a routine basis, much like a septic tank needs to be pumped.
The last thing you want to deal with is a backed up grease trap, particularly when you have guests dining in your establishment. Not only can it halt kitchen operations, but it can emit a powerful and unsettling odor.
The Dangers of FOG
So, why is FOG so bad for the sewer lines? As it enters the drains—or rather, the grease trap—and begins cooling down, it hardens and congeals. If the FOG is allowed through the drains and sewer system, then it will cause very serious clogs.
Additionally, as we mentioned above, there’s the municipal sewer line to think about. If multiple restaurants were to avoid using a grease trap, you can only imagine what this would cause in your city. This is why most commercial kitchens are actually required by law to have a grease trap in place!
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