Three Reasons Why Grease Traps Have To Be Pumped And Not Dumped

Grease traps are those bizarre holding tanks restaurants have for emptying fats and grease from their kitchens. These traps typically have to be emptied by commercial grease trap pumping services, and you cannot dump the grease into city sewers. The following reasons explain why the grease cannot simply slide down a drain into city sewers. 

It Is Against the Law

First and foremost, it is against the law to dump that much grease down the drain into a sewer. The grease rots, becomes quite foul, attracts rats and cockroaches, and creates the perfect breeding ground for these pests. In turn, these pests overrun the city and spread disease. Ergo, the laws that exist to prevent grease dumping also prevent unhealthy living conditions for humans. 

Grease Re-Solidifies and Clogs Sewer Pipes

Grease, if you have ever poured a pan of it after you made bacon into a waiting coffee can, then you know exactly what happens to it. It re-solidifies into this semi-solid slimy mess. That is what happens to all of the used grease and animal fats that accidentally find their way into the sewers. The clogs created are an absolute mess that the city has to spend thousands of dollars removing so that the sewer pipes can function properly. It is a major hazard and an extremely expensive one that the city will need to cover by raising property taxes. Do not contribute to a problem that ends up being a costly one for everyone in the city. 

The Grease and Fats Can Be Used to Create Energy

Cars have been modified to run on the grease and fats pumped out of grease traps. There are companies that buy the grease collections and turn it into gas to burn as fuel, which then turns into electrical power for hundreds, even thousands, of people. Other uses for grease from grease traps are being explored even now, and the hope is that the grease and animal fats pumped out of the traps can be turned into all kinds of useful things. Considering the "green" potential, it would be wasteful to dump the grease down a sewer drain. 

Getting a Grease Trap Pumped Out

It really does not take much to pump out a grease trap. In fact, the service takes less time to complete than pumping out a septic tank or emptying a portable toilet. If done regularly, there is nothing left for anyone to accidentally release in the sewers either. 

For more information, contact a company like Mountain Valley Pumping