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What Size Grease Trap Do I Need?

Grease traps play a vital role in commercial kitchens, ensuring proper grease management and compliance with FOG (fats, oils and grease) regulations. However, choosing the right-sized grease trap is crucial for effective and efficient performance in your kitchen.  

In this blog, we will explore the grease trap management factors to consider when determining the correct size of a grease trap, as well as how we at Aqua Mundus, a trusted and long-established grease trap supplier, can ensure your business gets the very best ongoing grease trap services. 

Understanding Grease Trap Sizes and Types 

When it comes to grease traps, the first thing you need to know is that there are several different options available – there are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions. Broadly speaking, the two main grease trap categories are above-ground grease traps and below-ground grease trap units. Above-ground grease traps are generally smaller and more suitable for compact spaces – such as under your main dishwashing sink – while below-ground grease traps are larger and are specifically designed to deal with a high volume of FOG wastewater. The choice between the two depends on factors such as available space, maintenance requirements and installation considerations. 

Choosing Between Manual and Automatic Grease Traps 

Another big consideration to make when selecting a grease trap is the choice between manual and automatic units. Manual grease traps require regular maintenance, where accumulated grease and solids must be manually removed. Is this something you have the time, resources and, indeed, the stomach for? On the other hand, automatic grease traps use advanced mechanisms to separate and remove grease automatically, reducing the need for frequent manual maintenance.  

Factors to Consider for Grease Trap Sizing 

When you’re looking for your ideal solution, several factors should be considered when determining the appropriate size for a grease trap: 

  • Kitchen Size and Volume: The size of your kitchen and the number of covers you serve each day play a big role in determining the size of grease trap you will need. Larger kitchens and high-volume cooking operations will generate more grease, necessitating a larger trap. 
  • Flow Rate: Calculating the flow rate of your wastewater is essential when sizing up your new grease trap accurately. This can be determined by measuring the water flow from the sinks, dishwashers and other drainage points in your kitchen. Aqua Mundus provides a grease trap sizing calculator too, which helps to simplify this process. 
  • Local Regulations: Local regulations may feature specific requirements for grease trap sizing. It's essential to consult with the relevant authorities to ensure local compliance. 
  • Future Growth: Consider potential business growth when determining the size of your new grease trap. If you anticipate expanding your operations or increasing your cooking volume, it is advisable to choose a grease trap that can accommodate future needs. Space and budget constraints are why many of our clients choose a below-ground grease trap. 

Aqua Mundus Grease Trap Sizing Calculator 

To assist businesses in determining the appropriate size for their grease trap, we offer a user-friendly grease trap sizing calculator on our website. This calculator considers several factors, including kitchen size, the volume of cooking and flow rate, providing accurate recommendations for grease trap sizing. By utilising this tool, you can make an informed decision when selecting the right grease trap for your business’s specific needs.  

Aqua Mundus Grease Trap Services 

We take immense pride in our commitment to offering end-to-end solutions for businesses, ensuring they can efficiently manage grease and remain compliant with regulations. If you’re looking for a partner to take the headache out of grease trap solutions, Aqua Mundus is a trusted supplier and service provider with decades of experience and an extensive list of highly satisfied clients.  

With our expertise and experience in the industry, we offer a comprehensive range of grease traps for every kitchen size, along with comprehensive grease trap management and maintenance plans and grease trap servicing packages. For further assistance and information, we encourage you to get in touch with us on 01386 832205 or and discover just how easy we can make grease management for you and your business.  

Our team is always ready to offer their expertise and support, ensuring you receive the most effective grease management solutions tailored to your unique circumstances. 

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