What is a Grease Trap?
Grease Traps, also known as grease interceptors or fat traps, are easy-to-fit plumbing devices. They capture (or trap) cooking fats, oils and grease (FOGs) before they enter the central drainage system. Food service establishments such as takeaways and restaurants generate FOGs during day-to-day business. Usually, it happens when washing and cleaning utensils and equipment.
Stainless steel or similar is the robust material that makes passive grease traps. Additionally, they are an essential kitchen device which helps safely capture this waste product. Put simply, Grease Traps are one of the most cost-effective ways to trap FOGs. They are widely considered a must-have for all UK commercial kitchens.
Grease Traps Stop Drain Blockages
Did you know water companies in 2023 are more active than ever in tackling ‘fatbergs’ or public sewer blockages? In September 2023, Severn Trent Water announced they recruited 300 new staff to cope with drain blockages.
Every year, South West Water deals with 8500 blockages costing millions of pounds. Purchasing a passive or gravity-fed grease trap can help massively reduce FOGs entering your immediate drains and public sewers. Grease Traps only use water flow to separate FOGs. They are low-cost to buy and easy to maintain. Equally, they are also practically free to run, which is welcome news for many!
Do I need a Grease Trap?
You will require a grease trap or management system if you produce hot food commercially. Building regulations 2.21 Part H stipulate that ‘Drainage serving kitchens in commercial hot food premises should be fitted with a grease separator.. or other effective means of grease removal‘. Correctly sizing, installing and servicing a grease trap is therefore very important to be compliant. Also, to protect public sewers from blockages. The benefit of using a passive gravity grease trap is that no electricity is required. As such, they are often much cheaper to buy.
Furthermore, an under sink commercial grease trap does not require expensive parts and servicing. It simply relies on the gravity flow of water. You’ll find everything you need at Grease Trap Store for a commercial kitchen grease trap interceptor. Please choose from our range of indoor under sink stainless steel models starting from 20 litres. Try our epoxy-coated grease traps if you require a more rugged, weatherproof outdoor fat trap. They are also suitable for underground. Prices start from as little as £140 + VAT with free UK next-day delivery.
Are Grease Traps More Important Than Ever?
Grease is becoming a huge problem. More people eat out than ever before, so more fat must be disposed of. But how does FOG become a problem? Well, FOGs are approximately 10-15% less dense than water, and once cooled, FOGs will begin to thicken and harden. It is at this point that it becomes a significant concern. At the time when you are pouring grease into the drainage system, it may seem trivial. After all, it’s likely to be hot liquid still. However, after a short cooling period, this liquid grease will solidify.
FOG’s and Grease Traps
As FOGs solidify, they line drain pipework and cause blockages. Blocked drains can quickly become a nightmare for businesses and the public alike. Drains can overflow, potentially damaging property. In addition, there is a significant environmental concern of contamination of local bodies of water. The fines are hefty if a business is found guilty of abusing public sewer systems or water supply. It also attracts substantial negative PR. Also, Grease traps help trap this grease and ensure FOGs do not become a problem.
Grease interceptors, also known as fat traps and passive grease traps, are relatively simple devices. They serve a huge purpose. A simple, well-sized fat trap can save you time and money in the long run. Buying from Grease Trap Store guarantees you’ll receive excellent quality at an affordable price.
The grease trap will pay for itself multiple times over. Especially when compared to plumbing costs should a severe problem arise from a grease-related blockage or overflow. Shop for grease traps now for rapid next-day delivery!