What is a Grease trap? A Grease Trap also known as a grease, food or oil interceptor, arrestor or Seperator. seperates fats, oil, solid waste and grease from the water of a commercial kitchen or food preperation area. Allowing water to safely be discharged into the sewer without risk of blockage. A Grease trap can be installed Above or below ground depending on its application.
Do I need one? Under the Water Services Act 2012 all food industry businesses must have a trade waste permit, This usually requires the installation of a Grease Trap. If you are entering into or starting a business that is involved in food preperation then you will require a Grease trap. If you only sell pre made food then you may not need a trade waste system however this is incredibly rare. The following industries require a Grease trap. Restaurants, Cafes, Lunch Bars, Delis, Fast food outlets, Bakeries, Butchers, Caterers, Food wholesalers and some medical facilities.
Renting? Who is responsible for the costs? In most circumstances the business owner will pay for the Grease trap installation and any ongoing costs. Sometimes the property owner will also make an investment as it increases the value of their property. The Plumbing Co. is happy to help begin a discussion between the involved parties regarding this.
Which Grease trap do I need? The most important details to know about the grease trap is its size measured in Litres and wether it is to be installed above or below ground. The size needs to match the flow rate of the fixtures in your food preparation area, you can use our calculator to check this. Above ground systems have reduced labour costs for installation however they take up a lot more physical space. They are usually used when your building is elevated from the ground level. The type of grease trap you require can be accurately determined with a On-Site inspection by a plumber. The Plumbing Co. offers Free Onsite Quotes. The Plumbing Co. has experience installing all types of Grease traps, From above ground systems with pump stations to below ground systems inside kitchens. We understand Grease Traps are a huge investment and are prepared to work with our clients for the most tailored and cost effective solution.
What is the Install Cost and Duration? Every Job is unique and you can only get an accurate estimation from an Onsite Quote The installation of a grease trap can take from a few days to an entire week, Depending on the size you need and the location you intend to install it. The volume of waste and number of sinks, basins and floor wastes running inside your establishment will determine the size of the product. Pipe layout, Pre-existing Drainage, floor levels and space for the physical unit can make for additional work and incurr a higher install fee.
How often does a Grease trap need to be cleaned and pumped? This depends on the local water authorities and you will likely be given the information by the Water Corporation after the grease trap is installed and inspected. Usually the Grease trap will need to be cleaned once every 6-12 weeks.
Custom Grease trap, huh? Custom grease traps are rarely required and are normally used when either pipe grade levels don’t align or physical space to install them becomes an issue. All custom grease traps have to go through a custom certification process which can take months. We normally advise against this option due to the long approval process. Water Corporation provide a list of all certified approved grease trap models and suppliers on their website.
Who are the Water Corporation trade waste? Water Corps Trade waste division is Australias leading authority on protecting Perth city’s sewers. There aim is to prevent anything that can potentially damage the main sewer system. Large quantities of Grease and Fat from commercial cooking premises can block up the sewer. Trade Waste in forces provisions such as grease traps to prevent this.