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Understanding Grease Interceptors: The Difference Between Grease Traps and Tanks

Grease – The Hidden Menace

Hospitals, schools, and restaurants are just a few examples of businesses with commercial kitchens that encounter grease on a daily basis. Understanding the difference between traps and tanks when it comes to a grease interceptor is important for preventing clogs and pipe damage. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and most municipalities require at least one type of grease interceptor per commercial kitchen. No matter the size or scope of your commercial kitchen, Wind River can service all of your water systems and help your business stay compliant and clean with regular maintenance.

While grease traps and tanks are similar in what they do, they have noticeable differences as well! The type of interceptor used depends upon:

  • The size of the business.
  • The types of food disposed on a daily basis.
  • The volume of food waste disposed on a daily basis.

Here are the basic differences between grease traps and tanks:

Grease Traps

Grease traps are grease interceptors that collect waste such as fat, oil, and grease (FOG) inside the sink. These traps prevent waste from passing through the sink into the sewer system.

Grease Tanks

Grease tanks are larger than traps and are located outside of a building, underground. Tanks range in size from 1,000 to 10,000 gallons.

When it comes to grease interceptors, it is better for businesses to be proactive rather than reactive. Wind River uses technology to take images of the systems they service. Customers receive copies of the images with their service reports, thus making it possible to better understand the condition of their systems.

Keep Your Grease Interceptor Clog-Free With Wind River Environmental!

Wind River services businesses up and down the East Coast.  Have peace of mind by letting our friendly and professional team service your water systems on a timely basis. Keeping your grease interceptor clog-free allows you to concentrate on your business, services, and customers. Good maintenance also prevents odors, blockage, and bad relations with government officials.

To have your interceptors inspected and cleaned, contact us today!