What sometimes gets lost when discussing fats, oils, and grease management is the role that food solids play in both your interceptor and public sewer system. Just as it is important to not pour excess grease down the drain, we need to do our best to keep solids out as well. They can be both damaging to the sewer system and they rob any interceptor of its grease holding capacity. Simply put, keeping solids out of your interceptor will allow it to hold more grease. This allows for less frequent pump outs, saving you money!
Proper kitchen routines and habits is the most effective way of keeping solids out of your waste stream and interceptor. The first step, before washing any plates, pots, or pans, should be to scrap any remaining solids into a waste bin. Only then should you proceed to washing them in the sink.
Secondly, the avoidance of food grinders is a major step in the right direction. Grinding up food scraps can be harmful to any interceptor installed downstream, potentially clogging up pipes, baffles, and outlets. This is a real problem, especially for passive interceptors with no additional protection from food solids.
Not all interceptors are created equal. Grease Guardian equipment comes equipped with a built-in solids strainer to help ensure solids remain out of your interceptor. Along with the steps above, the extra level of solids protection will help to ensure the Grease Guardian can perform and remain as efficient as possible. What sets us apart from other interceptors with solids strainer is our unique above the water design. Strategically positioned above the water line of the machine, the captured solids can drip dry. Allowing for simple and hygienic maintenance. Simply remove the strainer, empty into a waste bin, and return.
For more tips on grease management and to learn more about the Grease Guardian X Series equipment, please visit our website or call us today. With over three decades of waste water experience, we have the expertise to help you manage any FOG project.