A person frying hash browns in a grease trap

Grease Traps: What They Are and How They Work

For homeowners, throwing out used fats, oils, and grease (FOG) in the trash is fairly straightforward and simple. However, restaurants that use large quantities of FOG need an easy way to safely dispose of it. Grease traps are recommended for food establishments to keep the facility clean and prevent sewage issues.

What Is a Grease Trap?

A grease trap, also called a grease interceptor, is a tank-like device that slows the flow of grease and contains it to prevent it from entering a sewage system. Grease traps not only help keep sewage lines at the restaurant and its surrounding area clear and safe, but they also help businesses avoid backups and other plumbing problems that can contribute to foul odors and unhygienic environments for employees and guests.

How Does It Work?

Smaller grease traps attach to interior sinks, while larger interceptors are installed underground outside of the facility. Both types slow the flow of FOG by cooling it with water inside the trap. As the grease cools, it solidifies, allowing the water to continue flowing through into the sewage lines. FOG collects in a solid mass at the top of the tank, while heavier food particles and sediment settle at the bottom.

How Are Grease Traps Maintained?

Grease traps require regular maintenance to prevent buildup and clogs that can lead to more extensive, costly issues that may affect the restaurant and the surrounding residents and businesses. While smaller grease traps are often maintained by employees, large interceptors must be cleaned out on a regular, routine basis by a professional. A LICENSED SEPTIC TECHNICIAN can help restaurants determine recommended cleaning frequency based on their operations.

Since 1982, Florida Septic & Sewer Service, Inc. has been providing food service facilities throughout the Destin, FL area with quality SEPTIC SERVICES, including grease trap installation, repair, and maintenance. Contact us today at (850) 837-7200 for a free estimate on a new system or for 24/7 emergency assistance.