Grease Trap & Interceptor Installation For Restaurants

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Grease trap or grease interceptor is a device designed to trap most FOGS (Fats, Oils, Greases, and Solids) waste from entering the city sanitation line.  Most municipalities are now requiring food service businesses to install a grease trap or an interceptor in order to open an establishment.   The size and type of a device that is to be installed will is based on the requirements of the city.  Typically, there is a formula that will be provided based on the size of the establishment, food to be serviced, anticipated traffic, etc..  Therefore, before installing a device, be sure to check with them to prevent any costly mistakes.

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What is the difference between a grease trap and a grease intereptor?

Both units are designed to perform the same duty and the main difference is the size.  Grease traps are smaller units typically installed under the sink approximately 200 gallons or below.  On the other hand, grease interceptors are usually found outside the buried on the ground due to its large size: 500 gallons and up.   The price and installation cost of the grease trap are significantly lower to the fact that less labor is required and can be done in less than one day.  Although, small grease traps will require more service, which can be more costly in the long run.   Compared to a trap, grease interceptors are considerably larger than a grease trap; nearly a size of a small car. Due to its size, they are usually found outside in buried in the parking lot.  Installing a grease interceptor can be costly because of all that is involved such as excavation, plumbing, patching, etc..  Although it may be costly to install, interceptor require less maintenance versus a grease trap. Therefore, the cost benefit we be seen in the long term.

Grease Trap and Interceptor Installation Cost

Installation cost of a grease trap can vary depeding on the size, location and the degree of difficulty. Price to install a small under sink unit can vary from $2500 and up while larger precast interceptor units can cost over $15,000.

Grease Trap & Interceptor Plumbing

The drains connected to these FOGS device are mainly grease lines from the kitchen.   In no event that any sewer waste should be entering your grease trap or interceptor unless there are problems with the plumbing or the routing during installation.  Therefore, the only waste that should be found in the device are fats, oils, greases and solids that come from the kitchen. 

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