GREASE TRAP INSTALLATIONS IN EVERETT
Everett Grease Trap Installation
Grease is singled out for special attention because of its poor solubility in water and its tendency to separate from the liquid solution. Large amounts of oil and grease in the wastewater cause trouble in the collection system pipes. It decreases pipe capacity and, therefore, requires that piping systems be cleaned more often and/or some piping to be replaced sooner than otherwise expected. Problems caused by wastes from restaurants and other grease-producing establishments have served as the basis for ordinances and regulations governing the discharge of grease materials to the sanitary sewer system. This type of waste has forced the requirement of the installation of Grease traps.
Any establishment that introduces grease or oil into the drainage and sewage system in quantities large enough to cause line blockages or hinder sewage treatment is required to install a grease trap or interceptor. Interceptors are usually required for high volume restaurants and large commercial establishments such as hotels, hospitals, or school kitchens. Grease traps are required for small volume and medium volume establishments.
Is My Grease Trap Big Enough?
The size of the trap depends on the discharge of a facility. The size will also depend largely upon the maintenance schedule. If a grease trap or interceptor is not maintained regularly, it will not provide the necessary grease removal. The establishment should work out a specific cleaning schedule that is right for the establishment.
All grease traps need to have the grease cleaned out periodically and no one likes to do the job. It is a dirty job. Running extremely hot water down the drain only moves the problem downstream. It does not go away. Catch the grease at the source! This is the most economical means to reduce all costs.
What’s the Difference - Grease Trap and Grease Interceptor?
Grease traps and grease interceptors are both plumbing devices for grease removal from industrial wastewater discharge streams. The grease trap is generally thought of as the smaller indoor device, usually with between 20 and 150 gallons of liquid holding capacity, and, until recently, typically installed below a sink. Grease traps are usually made of steel and often designed with just a single compartment. The grease interceptor is generally considered the large pre-cast concrete tank, typically with a liquid holding capacity anywhere from 250 to 5,000 gallons and designed with two separate compartments. For the purposes of this website, the term “grease trap” is used to describe both devices.
As you probably already figured out, a large capacity interceptor installed outdoors and underground will need a larger budget than a tank installed under the kitchen sink drain. Naturally, if you are running a huge fast food franchise serving hundreds of clients per day, you will need a grease interceptor. In addition, the maintenance and service of a tank which is perhaps ten times the size of a grease trap requires much more powerful and specialized equipment. The logistics are much more complicated and each installation has to be customized according to the specific location.
Even though the overhead cost will be quite a bit higher than for an under-the-sink grease trap, you will realize savings on the service and maintenance.
The installation time for the majority of the typical grease interceptor is within one working day. That is the rule of thumb. However, many variables can prolong that, such as an increased volume of FOGs that must be processed, an unusually far distance the installation is required to be installed from the premises, etc.
The cost of installation will increase quite a bit if you are required to install a\n interceptor since it involves excavation costs as well as an extensive plumbing system. This can take up to a week to complete, or maybe even longer if the location of the tank is very remote or hard to access. However, in the case of a grease interceptor, you will save money in the long run, as it only needs to be pumped and clean perhaps four times per year as compared to a grease trap which must be pumped and cleaned as often as twice per month.
The next step is to answer these questions:
● How greasy is the food you will prepare and how many servings per day?
● Do you have the budget needed for a grease interceptor installation?
● Have you researched the precise grease trap system that you require?
What Will All This Cost?
The total cost of installation includes more than just the initial price of the purchase. Based on the type of grease trap installed, you may also require professional help for a regular maintenance. After you have purchased the grease interceptor and installed, you will regularly need to empty the unit, dispose of the waste and maintain it which adds to the additional expenses in the long run. For example, the automatic grease traps are easier to clean and require less maintenance. Whereas some high-capacity grease traps may need to be cleaned less frequently.
Kitchen grease is increasingly recycled to be used in producing biodiesel. So if you have a biodiesel plant around your food service business, you could be able to gain some discounts on disposing of the waste. Finally, it is important to consider how frequently you will need to empty the grease trap and how much will be the cost involved along with the initial cost of installation.
The menu of your restaurant greatly impacts the size and the working of a grease trap. If your commercial kitchen prepares dishes that causes a lot of fat and grease to be disposed of down the sink, then you need a bigger grease interceptor. Considering the above factors will help you to choose the right size of the grease trap.
How Do I Get Started?
First of all, we need to make a personal, on-site assessment of your actual needs, in order to get a feel of your specific requirements. Then we will be able to offer you a free estimate, based upon your specific needs and monetary budget. We can discuss our monthly payment plans made for every budget and your specific needs.
We are available for your preferred time frame and will remain on call for the life of your grease processing system. We will try to cover as many general concerns with this document as possible, but nothing can replace the value of a face-to-face consultation at your establishment.
We will be available according to whatever schedule you have to keep your grease trap system in perfect working order for the life of the unit. We also provide full service pumping and cleaning for all grease trap and interceptor systems. Please call us for a free on-site consultation and free estimate at 425-654-1762.
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