The only thing worse than an overflowing grease trap is an overflowing grease trap that’s been poorly installed. A bad install can complicate every aspect of a grease trap or interceptor, from being able to know when it needs service, to breakdowns of the trap, to difficult or impossible to service due to awkward placement or conflicting machinery. Today we’ll look at three of the major issues you should look at before installing your grease trap to avoid troubles down the line.
Know Your Grease Trap Capacity and Servicing Requirements
So, where did you get your recommendation for your grease trap? We have what you would call a rocky history with engineers and wastewater designers who took their first vendor’s word as gospel without a full inspection and consultation with experts in the field (that’s us). This left clients with chronic grease trap, wastewater, and overflow issues, which no one wants. It’s important to know the capacity your grease interceptor will need and to get a consultation from a grease trap maintenance specialist to doublecheck your findings and help you work out a service schedule.
Know What Pipes and Systems Should Connect to Your Trap
So, what do you plan on hooking up to your grease trap? Obviously, your three-compartment sinks, but what other water do you need to treat? Will your front-end sinks be used for washing off grease or dumping down fat or oil-heavy substances like dairy? What about floor sinks for oil spills? It’s important you know ahead of time, so you can have the right about of capacity to avoid issues. Check out our blog, What Sinks and Systems Should Connect to a Grease Trap?, for more information on the sinks and water systems to include. It’ll probably be more sinks and systems than you thought.
Make Sure the Parts are Accessible for Maintenance and Service
Plumbers are usually brought in for consultation as well as the actual installation. However, as you can see from our photo gallery, not all installations are equal. From helping with a consultation to working out the reality of ease of service: it helps for the installing plumber and service company to share notes to avoid reinstallation or service issues down the line. If your system is blocked or partially blocked by a bad installation of pipes or other machinery, not only does it make it less likely you’re going to check on the levels, but it also makes it harder (and therefore costlier) to get it cleaned and maintained.
Food Grease Trappers is a total grease solutions company for most of New England from our central Massachusetts locations. If you’re in our area, make sure to consult with us during the early stages of your project. You will be happy you did. Contact us today to schedule a free quote and make sure that the systems you have to safeguard your kitchen and meet city ordinances are the right grease traps to meet your requirements.