Without grease traps (or grease interceptors), commercial businesses, especially those in the restaurant and food industry who use a lot of FOG every day, would have a constant flow of plumbing problems. Grease and oils love piping. In fact, cooking grease and oil are the leading causes of clogs, sewage spills, and pipe backups. The chemical components bind to those in your pipes and are very near impossible to remove. And it’s not just your everyday fats and oils that are to blame. Butter, sour cream, mayonnaise, cheese, disp, sauces, salad dressing, cake frosting, and gravy all can cause huge problems for your drains.

In essence, grease (especially grease from animal fats) cools and then it solidifies, which you’ve probably witnessed after you cook fatty foods. Once this cools, it can cause major blockages with your pipes, as well as damage from chemical reactions. In addition, if grease makes it to your local wastewater treatment facility, worse blockages could occur, effectively shutting down aspects of your local wastewater facility — which would not be a good thing at all.

All commercial businesses that serve food, such as restaurants, bars, bakeries, coffee shops, and school cafeterias, are required by the city of Orlando to have grease traps. Choice Plumbing, your Orlando plumber of choice, offers grease trap cleaning, installation, and maintenance services. We take pride in helping your business run smoothly and efficiently. Grease traps serve an important role in your business’s operation, so you want to be sure they are taken care of because an overflowing sink would definitely ruin your day.

Grease interceptors are beautiful in design. They were based off the fact that grease does not mix with water, and when grease and water meet, grease is less dense than water, so it floats. As the wastewater from your sinks, floor drains, and dishwashers flow into your wastewater piping, they first pass through a big tank that is your grease trap. Here, the grease and oils are separated. Food particles naturally fall to the bottom of the tank and the grease stays on top. A secondary tank allow for only the water to exit, leaving the grease and food bits behind, providing an additional layer of filtering. The wastewater travels to the city’s wastewater treatment facility like other wastewater does. Thus, you can think of a grease trap as a big filter for FOG.

Commercial grease traps must regularly be pumped out and cleaned (most municipalities require every 90 days) for your grease trap to work effectively and optimally. If you go too long without pumping your grease trap, it could become really hard and then not pump correctly. Furthermore, if you let the solids build up at the bottom of your grease trap, you’ll have a big time clog on your hands since you’ll effectively block the flow of the separated water from the grease trap into the wastewater system.

Clog In-Between the Tanks

A common problem that grease traps have is a clog in the crossover between the two tanks. This is not a good thing because if the clog completely blocks the flow of water, the water from the first tank will probably overflow, necessitating a call to your Orlando plumber for help.

Clog in the Flow Inlet

A clog in the flow inlet can also be problematic and cause a similar situation to occur as a clog in-between the tanks causes. If any of your drains are backing up, odds are, they are blocked and will need a professional plumber’s attention as well.

Clog in the Outlet Flow

A clog can also occur where the water is exiting the system, which is usually indicated by water overflowing from both of your grease trap compartments. This is the water that has been filtered to get all of the FOG out. This instance should be rare and is usually an indication that a clog is not at the outlet flow itself, but further down the line, and may even be from a city sewer line, rather than your sewer lines. This will most definitely require a call to your Orlando plumber for a sewer line inspection.

Full Grease Trap

A full grease trap is not something you want. If you allow your grease trap to be chuck full of grease, odds are, most of your outlets will be clogged, including your flow inlet, your outlet flow, and your crossover flow. If you are following code and having your grease traps cleaned every 90 days, this should never be a problem. Full grease traps are the result of neglect and will most likely result in water flowing out of your grease trap from both compartments.

All of the above problems can be prevented by regular grease trap cleanings. Choice Plumbing in Orlando offers the best grease trap cleaning services. We work expeditiously and quickly to clean your grease trap, causing as little disruption as possible to your business’s daily routine. We can set you up for regular service every 90 days or so, which will result in little to no problems with your grease trap.

When you invest in regular commercial grease trap cleanings with Choice Plumbing, we will also regularly inspect your grease trap and let you know if we notice anything awry that may need to be dealt with. However, with proper maintenance, your commercial grease trap should last for quite some time. Contact us today to get started!