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Why Your Commercial Kitchen Needs a Grease Trap

If you have a commercial kitchen, you probably already know the massive amount of waste that it produces. Things like fruit pits, rinds, bones, skin, and the like are all disposed of in extremely high quantities, at least when compared to a residential kitchen. By far the most dangerous thing that the average commercial kitchen produces, however, is FOG. FOG stands for “Fats, Oils, and Grease,” and is commonly poured down the drain after it’s been used. The problem is that, while FOG is in liquid form when warm, it congeals into a semi-solid substance as it cools. In order to deal with FOG, you’re going to need to install a grease trap. Let’s take a look at why a grease trap is necessary to protect your kitchen.

The Problem with FOG

Once FOG cools and congeals, it starts to build up on the inner walls of the pipes. This includes both your sewer line and the municipal sewer main. If too much FOG buildup occurs, it can start clogging the sewer line and causing all sorts of problems. This has become so widespread that many cities now require all commercial kitchens to have grease traps installed.

The Grease Trap Solution

A grease trap is essentially a large box, which is installed in the building’s sewer line. Solid waste that flows into the grease trap sinks to the bottom, while FOG rises to the top. This leaves only liquid waste to continue flowing into the sewer line. Once the grease trap is full, it must be drained in order to continue operating properly. A grease trap protects against clogs created by FOG and other solid waste.

If you need a grease trap installed or serviced, call The Sunny Plumber. Our plumbers serve the entire Tucson, AZ area. 

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