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Frequently Asked Questions

Grease trapWhat is a grease trap?

A grease trap or interceptor is a devise required by most local and state agencies and are designed to trap fats, oils and grease in order to keep them from entering the city’s sanitary sewer system.

All grease traps must be routinely serviced, cleaned and maintained to ensure proper working order.  Our company will tailor a service schedule to meet your needs.

There are many types of interceptors and not all businesses operate the same. This is where our many years of experience can help our customers save money and avoid costly plumbing problems due to improper servicing.

Septic TankWhat is a septic tank?

A typical household septic system consists of two major components: the septic tank and the drain field. Wastewater from your house travels, in most cases, by gravity to the septic tank. The tank's main purpose is to detain the wastewater for 1 - 2 days. It uses this time to separate solids, greases, oils, and floating objects from the wastewater. Bacteria within the tank start to attack and break down the waste immediately

Although the bacteria do a good job, it can't eat everything. Septic tanks develop a layered look. Scum floats on the top, partially treated wastewater is in the middle, and sludge settles at the bottom.

The wastewater now heads for the drain field. This area is comprised of a series of interconnected pipes that lie in sand or gravel filled trenches. The pipes are perforated. The wastewater exits the perforations and enters the soil.


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