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The Importance of Cleaning your Grease Trap

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by admin

Grease traps are important components in any disposal system, whether it is connected to a septic tank in a home or the main city sewer. Cleaning your grease trap should be considered of great importance, as the disposal of Grease can be crucial to preventing the breakdown of septic systems or polluting public water. Grease traps are now considered standard equipment on any modern septic system, so it is important to recognise the importance of regular cleaning.

Why are they important?

When considering the potential waste which can escape down the drain, oil and grease, in either a solid or liquid state are by far the hardest process. They require considerable amounts of time for the decomposition process. Even if you have microorganisms to process the waste in your septic system it will take a significant amount of time before they are fully broken down. If the grease waste is filtered in the normal means, fats and oils can become separated from solid waste and be trapped within pipework. Over time this can build up solidify and cause blockages and clogs, which will compromise your whole system. Many homeowners have experienced the frustration and irritation caused by a blocked or clogged drain, but a great number fail to realise that the underlying cause is grease or oil.

Grease and oil which have originated from food processing, can actually cause additional damage. If they are left in the septic system: oils and grease can decompose and become rancid. This can allow harmful bacteria to grow within the system which can pollute the water supply. Additionally, it can allow harmful toxins to build up in your septic system which can take the form of toxic gases that are dangerous to your health. These considerable detrimental effects can be avoided with the installation of a grease trap.

How does it work?

The grease trap is shaped like a box and it fits between the drain in your kitchen and the mains sewerage system. It has been designed to filter and then trap grease and oil from the water flow and retain it. The trap is usually made from metal or plastic and should be cleaned regularly to avoid bacterial growth. If you cook large amounts of greasy food, especially poultry grease, you may find any grease in the trap turns rancid faster. This will usually present as a bad older, but regular cleaning can prevent this. Obviously, it is still recommended, that you take care in allowing oil and grease down the drain. The trap is designed to filter these elements out, but you may find that you carelessness with pouring oils in the drain, will require almost constant cleaning and emptying of your trap.

How are they cleaned?

Domestic grease traps are constructed to be easily removed for cleaning. All solid matter should be removed from the grease trap and disposed of into the trash. The interior of the trap should then be cleaned with antibacterial detergent, dried scratch that am dried before replacement. Commercial units or larger domestic units may require pumping or skimming.

Grease traps are an excellent preventative measure for a number of plumbing issues, but they require regular cleaning in order to perform effectively and efficiently. It is important to remember not to neglect your grease trap and if your drain has developed an odor, it may be in need of a clean.

If you are interested in learning more about how grease traps can prevent plumbing issues or need assistance with the cleaning of your grease trap, contact Plumber Orange County. We have the experience and expertise to handle all aspects of plumbing, including grease trap cleaning and we would be delighted to assist you with any questions or queries you may have.

 

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