Do I Need a Grease Trap?

Grease in food

What Is A Grease Trap?

A grease trap is a plumbing unit that captures the leftover grease from cooking. It stores it until collection and prevents the grease from entering the sewer system. Grease can solidify and block sewer pipes and is a common cause of blocked drains and overflows in sewer systems. Grease traps can be small enough to fit under a kitchen sink or large enough to be located outside the building. These tanks can be buried underground or freestanding above ground.

How Do I Know If I Need One?

Most municipalities require restaurants and other large-scale cooking businesses to have a grease trap of some sort. These are inspected regularly to ensure they are in good working order. As far as homeowners are concerned, it's not a requirement. However, if you know you cook with a lot of fats, oils, or grease, then you may want to seriously consider installing a unit in your kitchen. The blockage of sewer pipes is not only an unpleasant experience, but it can be an expensive one to correct. Keeping solids and grease that can solidify out of your pipes is a wise practice. It will add to the comfort of your home and may raise the value should you decide to sell.

Where Can I Get Help?

If you want to know more, or you want help installing a trap in your home or business, let us know. Here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southeast WI, we've seen it all. We can help you decide on a trap and install it for you. Once the installation is complete, and you've gotten used to the trap, we can check it occasionally to make sure it's working correctly for you. We have served the communities around us with dedication and pride in our work. For any plumbing needs that you might have, contact us today! We are a 24/7 service and know that sometimes, plumbing problems just can't wait.