One of the most unpleasant aspects of running a restaurant is dealing with grease traps. The grease trap separates fat, oil, and grease from water in the pipes beneath a sink before the water is washed into the sewer. This is not only good for environmental reasons – we shouldn’t pollute the water supply with all that grease – but it also prevents backups. Fat, oil, and grease can build up in the pipes, clogging it and not letting water get through. If you don’t take care of it, your pipes may suddenly spew out disgusting refuse. And you don’t want that happening during a dinner rush.
Nearly all restaurants are required, by law, to have grease traps. While grease traps are not the main focus of a restaurant, they can be your worst nightmare by backup water and sludge into your facility, thus potentially shutting you down and having angry customers who will not willingly return to the establishment. The way most restaurateurs have dealt with this in the past is by hiring someone to regularly clean out the grease traps and incinerate or dispose of the grease at a disposal site. As you can imagine, this isn’t the most environmentally-friendly way of doing it. It’s also expensive, and doesn’t solve the odious scent of the collected grease.
A more environmentally-friendly way to take care of this is bio-augmentation. It’s not as high-tech as it sounds: bio-augmentation is introducing naturally occurring bacteria and microbes into grease traps so that it can break down the fat, oil, and grease, making it suitable to continue down drains. Be sure though the bacteria is pure for it makes a difference. The bacteria and microbes break down the grease by “eating” it. Once you start using bio-augmentation, it actually hurts the process to use cleaners like bleach and ammonia in your grease traps. These cleaners will kill the bacteria and microbes.
Not only is it organic and cost-friendly, it’s passive and preventative. As the bacteria multiplies they break down the solids and grease carbons and discharge organic waste out into the waterways, where many municipalities love the effect. While grease trap pumping is required, it is lessened potentially costing you less money in the long-run. Best of all, the bio-augmentation bacteria takes care of the smell associated with fermenting solids contained in the grease trap! There’s no reason not to try Bio-augmentation. It’s inexpensive, “green,” and involves no new plumbing fixtures. If you’re interested, call or email your SLM representative and see if Bio-augmentation is right for you.