Trap Or Interceptor: Which Is Right For You?

Posted on: 11 July 2017

When you own a restaurant, you will be required to keep grease from your business out of the sewage system. This means that you must install and maintain a grease trap or a grease interceptor. On top of that, you must also maintain these systems to keep them clean and functioning properly. If you don't, then things will back up and cause more trouble and damage to both your restaurant and the city's systems. If you don't know if you need a trap or interceptor, or what the difference is between the two, then please keep reading.

Grease traps:

This is what most people think of when they think of restaurants and grease. You generally have them installed after the sink and dishwasher, but before where your wastewater enters the sewage line. Some grease traps can fit just in one corner, under the sink or take up a large part of the kitchen. They are best for smaller restaurants, those that don't have large sinks or dishwashers and don't use a lot of fats, oils, and grease. One of the big benefits of these smaller traps is that they're easy for the kitchen staff to monitor and may be able to be cleaned without hiring a special service.

Grease interceptors:

If you have a large-scale restaurant with a large kitchen and are doing a lot of cooking with grease and washing a lot of dishes, then a grease interceptor may be a better choice. Grease interceptors are a much larger, more elaborate system that handles a lot more water, though they generally work in the same way as regular grease traps. These large chambers are usually built underground and are surrounded by concrete. You should have a grease interceptor built at about the same time that your restaurant is built or it could cost you a lot more money to do it later. One of the downsides is that these interceptors must be maintained by professionals and are not as easy to check and monitor yourself.

Grease traps are a must if you are running a restaurant. How big a trap you need, or whether you should install an interceptor, is based on the capacities of your sinks and dishwashers. Laws regulating exact sizes vary from location to location. All grease traps and interceptors must be in place before you start a business. 

Contact a company like Moon Site & Septic for more information and assistance.