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Advantages of Concrete Grease Interceptors

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Precast concrete grease interceptors store fat, oil, and grease before they enter a wastewater disposal system. Commercial kitchens, such as restaurants or food processors, require grease interceptors.

Solid fat, oil, and grease (FOG) cause clogs in pipes. They contaminate water and cause backups in sewers and problems at wastewater treatment facilities. A precast concrete grease interceptor traps FOG before it can wreak havoc on water and sewer systems.

Columbia Precast Product’s grease interceptors are durable and available in various sizes and capacities. Our engineers design these devices to comply with codes for your Washington or Oregon business.

Why it matters to Restaurants

As a restaurant owner, downtime of any kind can cost you money. If the kitchen is knocked out of commission, it can shut down the whole restaurant. Having to close your doors during a busy Saturday night can have catastrophic results. Sending away hungry customers, paying for staff that has nothing to do, and paying for repairs all affect your bottom line.

That’s why having a durable, effective, and easily-maintained grease interceptor is so important. Restaurant owners and managers have other things to matters to attend to, such as coordinating a menu, adhering to health codes, or dealing with vendors to name a few. Worrying about the longevity of a grease interceptor shouldn’t be on the list.

Advantages of Precast Concrete Grease Interceptors

Manufacturers make grease interceptors from various materials, but precast concrete models offer distinct advantages.

  • A precast concrete device is guaranteed to be watertight and can be vacuum tested after it is installed.
  • Easy installation minimizes labor costs.
  • Choose a large capacity grease interceptor for less frequent removal of FOG.
  • Precast concrete structures are low maintenance and can last as long as five decades.
  • Most municipalities mandate a reliable exterior grease interceptor for commercial food facilities.

Concrete Grease Interceptors Help Businesses Comply

Grease interceptors are required in most cities in Washington and Oregon to prevent FOG from causing problems to municipal sewer systems.

Building codes around Vancouver and Portland specify that some types of commercial buildings must install a grease interceptor to treat FOG before it enters a sewer. If you own a restaurant in the metro area, regulations may also state that you should empty the device according to a preset schedule.

Inspectors in Vancouver, Portland, and other municipalities inspect commercial grease interceptors or traps. Your restaurant needs a device that complies with codes and prevents FOG discharge into the sewer. Columbia Precast can build your grease interceptor to exact specifications of your business to keep you in compliance.

How do Grease Interceptors Work?

A grease trap or interceptor stops and stores FOG to prevent it from entering a sewer and causing problems.

Malfunctioning or inadequate grease interceptors can cause clogs, odors and sewage overflow. Backups may affect not only sewer lines but nearby businesses and buildings. Malfunctions may also lead to fines.

Restaurants and commercial kitchens may have one or two types of interceptors. A hydromechanical grease trap is a plumbing fixture attached under a sink. A plumber can help you with the installation and maintenance of an indoor trap.

Precast concrete devices are a type of gravity grease interceptor. They consist of a large, outdoor tank buried underground. The tanks have large storage capacity. Excavation is usually required to install a precast concrete grease interceptor.

Cleaning/Maintaining a restaurant grease interceptor

As mentioned above, many cities require a consistent schedule for emptying your grease interceptor. Even if it wasn’t a requirement, you’d still need to empty it at some point no matter how big it is. And you certainly don’t want to wait until it is full because that could limit the effectiveness.

Emptying a buried grease interceptor isn’t something the average restaurant worker can handle on their own. Make sure to hire a licensed plumber with experience with and appropriate tools for grease removal. One false move can create a big mess that could affect your business.

There are also companies that will take grease and oil and recycle it for other uses. An eco-friendly process, these operations refine the material into biofuels that can be used in power generation and heating applications.

Although precast concrete grease interceptors are designed to last a lifetime, there are still steps you can take as a restaurant owner to keep it in good working condition. An easy way to keep the interceptor working efficiently is to remove all traces of foodstuffs from the system.

Instead of dumping a plateful of half-eaten veggies in the sink, take the food left behind and throw it in the garbage or compost bin if you have one. If food does make it down the drain, it could block the interceptor and cause backups in the system.

And once a system begins to back up, or a grease interceptor is allowed to overfill, it could start affecting neighboring businesses, water systems, and even city sewer lines.

Precast Concrete Grease Interceptors in Washington and Oregon

Our manufacturing plant has strict quality control to ensure that precast concrete grease interceptors are 100 percent watertight. We have a selection of grease interceptors in stock and ready for quick installation.

Please contact Columbia Precast Products for more information.