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8 Common Myths About Grease Traps Debunked

Posted by ADB Septic on September 14, 2017

Your grease trap is a crucial part of your restaurant kitchen. It traps grease, fats, and oils, while disposing of wastewater. Without a grease trap, these materials will build up in your pipes and can lead to clogs and damage that will be expensive to fix. Despite the importance of a grease trap, many restaurant owners and managers don’t fully understand how it works. Here are some common myths about grease traps that you shouldn’t believe!

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1. Grease Traps Treat Wastewater

Grease traps help separate grease, fats, and oils from wastewater. However, these traps do nothing to treat the water itself. Wastewater is treated through other means in your sewer system.

2. Hot Water Can Clean a Grease Trap

Many people think that a continuous stream of hot water is a simple and cost-effective way to clean your grease trap. Although hot water will melt the grease and fats, they will turn back to solids when the water turns cold. This will lead to pipes clogged with fats and grease, which will be a much bigger problem than a clogged grease trap.

3. Healthy Foods Don’t Produce Grease

Many people think that a grease trap is not necessary if the restaurant only cooks healthy food. However, prepping most hot foods will require some sort of oil. Even when healthier natural oils are used, they will still produce grease and will therefore need a grease trap.

4. Soap Cleans Greasy Pipes

If your grease trap or pipes seem clogged, you might think that draining some soapy water will fix the problem. Although soapy water can help separate water from oils, it will do nothing to get rid of those oils.

5. Garbage Disposals Trap Grease

Fats and oils will collect in a garbage disposal just like they would in pipes. Garbage disposals will not do anything to prevent grease from travelling down your plumbing system. This drainage will result in bad odors in your kitchen and an unsanitary sink.

6. A Bigger Grease Trap Will be More Efficient

When installed, your grease trap should be properly sized to anticipate the maximum grease flow. If your grease trap is not the proper size, it will affect its efficiency. However, using a grease trap larger than the optimal size will have no impact in the grease trap’s efficiency.

7. Grease Must Cool to Separate From Wastewater

Many people think that grease and water are inseparable before grease cools and hardens. However, grease is much lighter than water, meaning that grease and water automatically separate from each other in any state.

8. A Full Grease Trap Will Stop the Drain Line From Flowing

Water will continue to flow even when your grease trap is completely full. Additional grease in this wastewater will also continue to flow when your grease trap is at capacity. Therefore, a full grease trap means grease will flow freely through your plumbing, resulting in clogs and damage to your pipes. Therefore, it’s important to monitor the fullness of your grease trap and pump it regularly.


ADB Septic | CT Grease Trap Services

It's likely that you don't often think about your grease traps, which is more than understandable considering the other priorities involved with running a successful restaurant. That's why our team at ADB Septic is more than happy to take care of your grease grap cleaning for you.We offer a wide variety of services including regular pumping and service contracts, accurate record keeping and reporting, hi-pressure jetting, and 24-hour emergency service. Whatever your grease trap needs are, we can help!

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