Measuring the contents of a grease trap
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Measuring the contents of a grease trap

Measuring the contents of a grease trap is an essential aspect of managing commercial kitchens and food service establishments efficiently. Grease traps, also known as grease interceptors or grease recovery devices, play a crucial role in preventing fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from entering the wastewater system. Here’s why measuring the contents of a grease trap is important:

  1.    Compliance with Regulations: Municipalities and environmental agencies have strict regulations in place regarding the management of FOG in wastewater. Regular measurements and maintenance of grease traps are often required to ensure compliance with these regulations. Failing to comply can lead to fines and legal issues.
  2.    Preventing Clogs and Blockages: Grease traps are designed to trap and separate FOG from wastewater to prevent it from clogging sewer lines and causing blockages. Measuring the grease content helps determine when the trap is nearing capacity and needs to be emptied. If not emptied regularly, it can lead to plumbing issues, backups, and costly repairs.
  3.    Maintaining Drainage Efficiency: A properly functioning grease trap ensures efficient drainage in commercial kitchens. When the trap is full to capacity, effectiveness is reduced, leading to the release of grease into the wastewater system and potential blockages in plumbing fixtures.
  4.    Preventing Odors and Pest Attraction: A full or poorly maintained grease trap can produce foul odors and attract pests like flies and rodents. Regular measurement and maintenance help prevent these issues, creating a more pleasant and sanitary kitchen environment.
  5.    Extending the Life of the Grease Trap: Routine measurements and maintenance can extend the lifespan of a grease trap. Neglecting maintenance can lead to corrosion and damage, requiring expensive replacements.
  6.    Cost Savings: Properly managing grease traps through regular measurements and maintenance can lead to cost savings in the long run. It reduces the risk of emergency plumbing repairs, fines, and operational disruptions due to blockages.

WSI is dedicated to providing service that exceeds industry standards.  This includes measuring your grease trap and interceptors on every visit every time, in fact, we have a dedicated member of our staff whose duty it is to make sure this is done correctly and accurately.  We also provide you with the information digitally, at the touch of a finger, so that you can always see where your levels have been.  THIS sets us apart.  We would love to give you a demonstration of our instant digital communication system.


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