What is a Grease separator?
Grease separators are watertight containers designed to properly treat wastewater. This process occurs after water is poured into the sink or sewage system, containing high levels of grease and oil, which contaminate the water and the environment.
Consequences of Not Having a Grease Separator Without this mechanism, pipes can be damaged and malfunction, in addition to contaminating and harming the environment.
Differences Between Hydrocarbon Separators and Grease Separators
Hydrocarbons are hazardous wastes derived from petroleum, and almost all fuels used in transportation are hydrocarbons, thus requiring safety protocols for their handling and transport. As for fats, they correspond or vegetable fats from industrial kitchens, vegetable oils. In the case of grease separators, their function is to prevent vegetable oils from mixing with wastewater.
Water Separation Process The water flows into the separator. Solids settle at the bottom of the tank. A dividing wall, if present, prevents the spread of sludge and facilitates the rise of grease to the surface. The treated water, free of solids and grease, exits through the outlet pipe. The separated water is directed to the sewage system or further treatment.
How to Properly Maintain a Grease Separator Ensure optimal performance and maximum efficiency in grease removal. Prevent the chamber from overloading and releasing grease at the outlets. Eliminate the possibility of bad odors in the pipes near the separator and its surroundings. Keep water inlets and outlets free of obstructions.
Keys to Maintaining a Grease Separator The maintenance of a grease separator depends on factors such as its size and the amount of grease generated. Some essential tasks include:
Regularly checking the level of solids in the tank. Monitoring the grease level on the water’s surface. Periodically removing solids and grease, usually every 3 months. Assessing the consistency of the grease on the surface and removing it if solidified. Continuously supervising water inlets and outlets to prevent obstructions. Performing a complete cleaning of the equipment, including walls, filters, and inlet and outlet pipes, to ensure efficient operation. To achieve optimal performance, it is crucial to calculate the appropriate size of the separator before installation. An inadequate size can increase maintenance frequency.
What to Do with the Waste Stored in Grease Separators?
The most appropriate action is to hire an authorized company to manage this type of waste, such as Pepe Núñez.
At Pepe Núñez, we provide emptying, cleaning, and maintenance services for grease separators in Málaga, transporting the waste to a final manager for proper treatment. We are an authorized company for the management of this type of waste by the Junta de Andalucía and specialists in cleaning and maintenance to ensure good functioning. If you want to know how often you should clean your industrial kitchen, accommodation, or restaurant, contact us, and we will advise you.
If you want more information about our cleaning and maintenance services for grease separators, do not hesitate to contact us. We are committed to the efficiency of your industrial kitchen at Pepe Nuñez and to caring for the environment. Contact us today for more details!