Installing a Grease Trap: Leave it to the Professionals

Posted on January 30, 2018

The prevalence of DIY television shows and videos have made it so that weekend warriors can tackle projects they wouldn’t have ever thought to attempt before. And yet there are still some substantially larger-in-scope projects that require the expertise of professionals, like installing a grease trap.

Images of grease traps. On the left shows a full grease trap and n the right is the grease trap being pumped out.A grease trap is a contraption designed to to collect oils, fats, and grease in order to prevent them from entering plumbing systems, septic tanks, and water treatment facilities where they may cause clogs and create a number of environmental problems.  Laws in the state of Florida, as in most states, mandate that restaurants, catering facilities and other food preparation businesses install grease traps.

Here’s what you should know about grease trap installation:

  1. Size: The first thing to determine is the size of the trap. While sizes vary, the size needed for a particular business will depend on the size of the sink and the amount of wastewater coursing through the drainage pipes. For restaurants that wash greasy dishes regularly, a grease trap with a capacity of 40 KG is best.
  2. Location: Determining where to install the trap is also very important. The area must be large enough to fit a large square box that holds up to 40 liters of waste. It should also be installed in an accessible location, to allow for regular maintenance. Because, as we’ve previously discussed, if not regularly maintained, clogged grease traps could ultimately lead to a complete shutdown.
  3. Install: If you’re in the food industry, you know how much fat, oil, and grease accumulates during a typical day. Installing a grease trap is the best way of keeping your pipes and plumbing free of all that waste.

Call us at 866.6RAIDER or contact us online with any questions you might have regarding your future grease trap installation, or to schedule an appointment. Already have a trap in place? We can replace, repair, and clean it as needed. Since 1978, Raider Rooter has been providing South Florida residents with expert advice and solutions for all their sewer and drainage needs.

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