How do grease traps work?

Grease traps slow down the flow of water coming from drains, allowing the water/ grease time to cool. This cooling causes the grease to coagulate and float to the top, while other, heavier solids, fall to the bottom of the trap. The remaining water is free to pass through on to the city sewer lines.

Things to AVOID

  • Do not put toxic or hazardous chemicals into the tank. Even small amounts of paints, varnishes, thinners, waste oil, photographic solutions, pesticides, and other organic chemicals can destroy the biological digestion taking place within the system.
  • Do not dump grease or fats down your kitchen drain. They solidify and may cause blockages in the system.

Friday, March 19th, 2010 • Grease Traps

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