One of the biggest drainage issues that most people have to deal with is the grease that gets flushed down kitchen sinks on a daily basis. Even if you try to get rid of grease before it goes down your drain, you may still end up washing some and as good as most dish soaps are, they cannot get rid of it all. Food particles and other things that can clog your pipes still end up in them. This can fill a septic tank quickly, if it does not clog up pipes first. That is why most homes and kitchens have a grease interceptor. Do you have one to protect your septic tank and pipes?
What Is a Grease Interceptor?
A grease interceptor or a grease trap, is a box that is placed outside of kitchen drains. It attaches to the pipes, but it is underground. Their job is simple. Heavy stuff such as grease and food particles reach the box and they settle to the bottom. This ensures that there is very little chance for grease to cool off and stick to the bottom of your pipes, where as time goes on, it can build up. As it builds up, you end up with clogs, especially where pipes bend and joints are joined.
What All Can Become Trapped?
Most grease interceptors catch and hold all sediment. Along with the grease and food particles, it will also catch lint, hair, oil, and anything else that may not need to be put into your septic tank. This makes it easier to keep your septic tank from filling up and in the event that your grease trap gets full, it is a lot easier to clean it out, than to pay for a total septic tank cleaning. It could even save you big money if enough junk piles up that you would have to replace your whole septic system.
These tanks are available in a variety of sizes. The larger ones are typically reserved for commercial properties. However, if a homeowner chooses to install a larger trap, they should not have to worry about it for as long as they own their home.
Other Reasons for a Grease Interceptor
Restaurants are especially in need of a grease trap. Without them, the oil and grease from all of the food repeatedly being poured down the drain could pollute the soil around the pipes. This can impact the environment and as the grease seeps out, there could be mold and other issues that will one day have to be cleaned up. Especially, if there is one day an issue that comes up with the plumbing. Although not as much yucky stuff gets washed down your drains, there is still a potential for pipes to leak and possibly burst. If it happens under your home, you may not know about it until there is already a big, stinky mess under there. Why are you taking a chance on your home’s plumbing? If you do not have a grease interceptor, now is a great time to have one put in.