Hi my name’s Kirk and I work at Prima Restaurant
Equipment in Louisville, KY. We are a provider of many
forms of restaurant equipment from freezers to ovens to grease
traps. Let’s really quick talk about the grease trap.
Why is it a necessity? Why does the government say that you need to have a grease trap? Basically
the government has found that fats, oils and greases (or FOG as we’ll call it from now
on), when it enters the main sewer system, it can as it cools, it can congeal, it can
harden and it will begin to clog all those sewer pipes and pretty soon you have sewer
waste coming out everywhere, especially up into the floor of your local restaurant, and
no one wants that. So they’ve determined that easiest way to prevent that is basically to
stop it before the FOG gets into the system and that is with a grease trap. There are grease traps or grease interceptors.
Grease interceptors tend to be a little bit larger
and in-ground, generally cement. Grease traps tend to be
some form of steel and above ground. Generally from about 8 pound
capacity to about 100 pound capacity. This is a GI-14
that Prima manufactures. Before we get into the grease trap, I’d like
to show you this. This is called a flow control valve and it is very important to the grease
trap system. We had a call from a plumber about a week ago asking, “What is that T shaped
thing and is it important?” And we said, “Yes, generally if you get it from us, then please
include that in the installation.” It is important. It serves a very important purpose. It’s going to go in front of your inlet valve,
in front of your inlet. And basically as you can see,
I’m going to have it zoom in there, as you can see it really controls the amount of water
that’s able to come into the grease trap, so that your flow is not so fast that it overwhelms
the grease trap and just pushes the FOG, the fats, oils and greases out the other end. Let’s look at what actually composes the grease
trap. You will need some form of wrench to get this bolt off and you can just lift the
top off here. And I am going to just tilt it for you here so you can have a good look
at what is inside of a grease trap. Basically you have the inlet,
as we talked about before, and the outlet. This is where the
water and the FOG, actually the FOG stays in here, the water
will flow out of. The water will flow into the inlet here and
it’s going to hit this baffle and that’s going to force it down
to the bottom and give a chance for it to agitate and the
FOG then, grease and oil rises in water, it’s going to tend
to come to the top and stay there. The cleaner water will be
towards the bottom. And here’s the outlet area and there’s no
way as you can see up here, there’s no opening up at the top,
so the only way through the outlet area is through the bottom,
which is where then all of the cleaner water is. The FOG
stays up here, the cleaner water goes in and out the outlet. You also have an air relief here, this is
very important. There’s also an air relief on the T flow control
valve. And that basically prevents a vacuum from getting
in and just forcing all of the water through the grease
trap at too fast of a rate. Because remember, if the water
goes through at too quick of a rate, it’s going to take all of
the FOG with it and all of that stuff is going to get into the system anyways. So there you have it; now you know why you
need a grease trap, you know what a grease trap is, you know what parts of the
grease trap are needed. Hopefully it’s been an informative video. We do ask that definitely
if you have any questions, please check us out online or give us a call. We’d love to
help you in any way we can.