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Commercial grease trap treatment

This article will cover commercial grease trap treatment. The world as you know it has undergone so many drastic changes throughout its entire existence. Technology and science has been there right from the start, trying its best to help man in everything that he does. In return, man develops science and technology so that its fruits may be enjoyed by future generations. But as time passes, changes become too fast for the nature to adapt to. As a result, various environmental problems arise. The United States, being one of the most inventive and most enterprising countries in the world is currently suffering from a FOG (fats, oils, grease) crisis.

The largest contributors to the FOG crisis in the US are the food and machine industries. They constantly need and give off FOG as part of their processes. FOG overflow is causing health and environmental problems that everyone is suffering from. When FOG mixes in with the wastewater, the sewer lines get severely clogged and wastewater backs up into the facilities of the businesses involved. The surrounding water systems also become polluted. This alarming situation has made the federal government create a pretreatment or grease ordinance that aims to protect the wastewater treatment facility and the sewer lines as well.

The grease ordinance requires all owners or machine and food producing businesses to build and install grease traps in their premises. The grease traps or grease interceptors should be issued permits and should be inspected on a regular basis. Maintenance is also mandatory. For the small indoor grease interceptors, a monthly pump out is required. For the larger outdoor grease interceptors, a quarterly pump out is necessary. But because the grease traps get full a lot earlier than expected, machine and food businesses prefer having their traps pumped out on a weekly basis. This burns a huge hole in their pockets but they really have no choice. They should have this practice if they want to stay clear of lawsuits and fines.

Commercial grease trap treatment is really needed if more efficient businesses are to be run in every state. It would be a great loss if these establishments will close up because of the lawsuits served upon them for FOG overflow. Soon, penalties will not be enough to compensate for the damages brought by the FOG overflow, especially when lives are at stake. The rude awakening that the production of machines and food are bringing forth more FOG can be pretty hard to accept especially when you know that you help in making these businesses or industries work.

The use of chemicals and enzymes in commercial grease trap treatment has been going o for the longest time. The business owners are oblivious to what really happens inside the grease trap system because all they know is that they see results immediately and just forget about what happens after they see the grease materials disappear. What they don’t know is that the FOG is simply emulsified and turns to solid when it cools down in the pipes. Over time, the FOG clogs the pipe lines again and wastewater will back up once more. The manufacturers of these additives just promise a lot to their customers just to make a sale. It’s really unfair to sell something that only makes the FOG situation worse.

Bacteria should be used in commercial grease trap treatment so that optimal results can be obtained. It’s true that these are very primitive creatures that live to eat but they are the safest solutions to the FOG crisis. The bacteria method is comprised of two processes—bioremediation and bio-augmentation. Bioremediation uses non-pathogenic bacteria in converting the FOG and other contaminants into less harmful substances. Bio-augmentation uses a specially selected strain of bacteria to consume the contaminants including FOG. 

Machine and food businesses should take advantage of the simple yet effective solutions that bacteria offer. They eliminate odors and keep the environment safe as well. What more could they ask for?

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