While there are many things you should avoid putting down the drain, perhaps the most damaging items are fats, oils, and greases. Though these substances are initially liquid and fluid, as they cool, they harden and congeal. Greases and oils can severely clog your plumbing by cooling and sticking to the sides of your sewer lines. If disposing of greases, fats, and oils in the trash is not a viable solution for your business, then consider installing a grease trap. Take a closer look at how grease traps work and how to maintain them:How a grease trap works:
When you pour grease down the drain, it flows into the first compartment of your grease trap. Here, solid waste, water, and grease separate to form three layers of material: solid wastes at the bottom, water in the middle, and oil floating on top. After the three materials separate, a baffle, or screen, in the middle of the tank allows water to flow out of the first compartment into a second one. Here, the water is further cleansed of oils. Water that is completely clean flows out of the second compartment through a final baffle and goes straight into the sewer system.How grease can affect your sewer system:
What’s left behind in the trap are the leftover grease and solid materials. Cleaning your grease trap regularly helps to ensure proper performance. Too much grease or solid waste buildup can cause your baffles to clog and back up your sewer lines. Having your grease trap maintained by a professional plumbing or waste removal service will ensure the health of your plumbing and sewer lines.