Product Focus: Grease Trap Service and Disposal

Product Focus: Grease Trap Service and Disposal

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Cape Cod Biochemical BIO-REM E-D

BIO-REM E-D from Cape Cod Biochemical is a powdered bacteria/enzyme waste digester. It is an industrial-strength product for use in grease traps and problem sewer and drainlines. It contains several strains of enzyme-producing microorganisms formulated to break down grease and the other sewage that causes blockages, backups and odors. It provides fast digestive action with immediately available enzymes plus live bacteria for continued solids digestion and odor control, according to the maker. It provides complete digestion with organisms to break down the fatty acids produced by primary digestion, with its fermentation factor stimulating bacteria already present, the company states. It requires no special equipment, as applications can be mixed manually. It will not damage plumbing, as it contains no caustics or acids. It is also non-hazardous, containing no pathogens, chlorinated benzenes, or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency priority pollutants. 800-343-8007; 

Century Chemical Bio-Snake Blocks

Century Chemical’s Bio-Snake Blocks are designed to ensure proper functioning conditions for grease traps. Adding a block to the bottom of a grease trap will cause an immediate reduction in grease buildup and a 96% reduction in odor, according to the maker. The block continues to release new bacteria over a long time period and reduces effluent BOD levels by up to 80%. A time-release formula lasts up to 30 days. 800-348-3505;

J & J Portable Sanitation Products Evergreen

Evergreen grease trap treatment from J & J Portable Sanitation Products is formulated for continuous application to grease traps, specifically to address institutional kitchens and restaurants. It also performs when applied during downtime. It contains selected bacterial strains, enzymes and growth-promoting factors to facilitate the breakdown of oils, grease and waste. It will also break up caked grease in neglected traps, according to the maker. 800-345-3303;

Jet Inc. Bio Jet 7

The Bio Jet 7 series of bacterial supplements from Jet Inc. offer biological aids designed to accelerate the degradation of FOG, proteins, tissues, soap scum and other organics in residential, commercial and municipal wastewater applications. Non-hazardous and non-toxic, it is formulated to assist biological activity in septic systems, aerobic wastewater treatment systems, lift stations, lagoons, grease traps and retention ponds. According to the maker, the supplements are effective for difficult startups, daily maintenance to meet system discharge requirements or when a system becomes unstable due to changes in flow, chemicals or increased organics. The manufacturer asserts that continuous use can lead to a significant decrease in odor, maintenance and emergency line blockages. It is available as ready-to-use, quick-dissolving, flushable dry packs providing a 1-year supply in a recyclable plastic canister. The liquid version is available in 1-, 5- and 55-gallon containers. 800-321-6960;

Lenzyme High Count

High Count from Lenzyme is a blend of bacteria strains with enzymes. It follows the process by which complex organic compounds (waste) in the presence of water, bacteria and enzymes are broken down or transformed into simpler compounds. For example, its lipase enzyme will digest fats, oils and grease. The enzymes work as organic catalysts to speed the rate of chemical reactions without the substance being altered or used up in the process. It also contains strong active strains of bacteria that are used by many wastewater treatment plants for digesting broken-down organic fragments. Once the bacteria consume the organic matter, they turn it into carbon dioxide and water. 800-223-3083;

RootX Grease-X

Grease-X bioenzyme from RootX uses natural microorganisms designed to break down and digest all types of FOG that collect in sewer systems. The mixtures of live microbes, along with the enzymes they secrete, are suited to digesting FOG and other organic matter as it enters and flows through the sewer lines, according to the maker. The microbes adhere to the sewer line walls. In digesting organic waste, they reproduce and form colonies that continue to consume accumulated FOG. It is safe to use and won’t hurt any type of pipes or the people installing them, and it can be used on garbage disposals, floor drain or grease traps. Regular application can help prevent the buildup of FOG. 800-844-4974;

Surco Portable Sanitation Products Enz-O-Matic

The Enz-O-Matic biological organic waste degrader and odor eliminator from Surco Portable Sanitation Products includes a high concentration of non-pathogenic, live bacteria cultures designed to rapidly degrade organic wastes with a blend of surfactants and odor counteractant fragrance. It is nonpolluting, contains no acids or toxins, and is certified Salmonella-free. It contains over 200 billion live bacteria cultures per gallon. The bacteria count doubles every 20 to 30 minutes to provide continuous enzyme production. Enzymes digest and liquefy grease, blood, urine, vomit, feces, sewage and other organic substances, neutralizing odors on contact, according to the maker. It can be used for drainlines, septic tanks, grease traps and septic spills. 412-789-8683;

Walex Products Bio-Active Grease Trap Treatment Super Concentrate

Bio-Active Grease Trap Treatment Super Concentrate from Walex Products is a non-toxic, lightly fragranced product designed to reduce pumping frequency. The formula contains a combination of natural soil bacteria in spore form or stabilized vegetative states. Aerobic and anaerobic bacterial species are included. The formula also contains pure enzymes, which ensure more rapid initial action, as bacteria usually require a few days to activate and adjust to the new environment. Once established, the bacteria will carry out the work effectively to completion, according to the maker. The product is formulated to buffer and fortify with various micronutrients. 800-338-3155;


Imperial Industries grease units

Aluminum and steel grease units from Imperial Industries are built to complement a wide selection of the latest truck chassis. The standard 700-gallon tank allows for low clearance near the common access points for parking ramp and shopping mall interceptors, often requiring only 50 feet of hose. Operator convenience extends to the choice of blower, where a positive displacement model replaces the more common vane pump, helping prevent smoke alarm triggering. 800-558-2945;

In the Round Dewatering horizontal drum

The horizontal biosolids dewatering system from In the Round Dewatering features a stainless steel drum with perforated plastic tile lining. The drum is mounted on a roll-off frame for easy transport and unloading. Trays contain discharge water. An 18,000- to 25,000-gallon batch is mixed with polymer before being filtered in the rotating drum, which is driven by a 1/2 hp variable-speed electric motor with a heavy-duty chain and sprocket. Turning eliminates crusting and wet pockets to produce uniform, consistent results. The dewatered material dumps easily, and the drum is self-cleaning. 317-563-2072; 

Westmoor Conde ProVac

The Conde ProVac preassembled industrial liquid waste pumping system from Westmoor is designed to promote efficient pumping of grease traps. The unit is quiet and lightweight and pumps at 120 gpm. Flip a switch to start the unit in vacuum mode for pumping. The built-in exhaust deodorizer is designed to keep odor at a minimum. Flip the switch to pressure mode for off-loading. It can be used to service locations not suited for large vacuum truck hoses, including indoor or remote difficult-to-access jobs. 800-367-0972;


BioMicrobics LIXOR

LIXOR from BioMicrobics is a non-clogging, Venturi-type aeration device that supplies air in a variety of wastewater applications. Equipped with an aboveground, regenerative blower — the system’s only moving part — a continuous large volume of air is piped down to submerged devices. The velocity of air and water increases substantially inside the venturi chamber, creating a vacuum that pulls in surrounding liquid and breaks the incoming air stream into smaller size bubbles. The result is a turbulent plume of water and bubbles that travel up through the water, transferring oxygen for biological activity and creating horizontal and vertical mixing patterns. Each submerged aeration system is designed to achieve reliable aeration and mixing performance efficiencies. Individual or multiple units may be used in many ways to help achieve desired treatment goals. 800-753-3278;


AQUA-Zyme Disposal Systems ADS

The ADS 30-yard open-top roll-off dewatering unit from AQUA-Zyme Disposal Systems can be filled with 22,000 to 25,000 gallons of biosolids at 1% to 2% solids in about two hours. After draining for 24 hours, the unit can be picked up using a standard-capacity roll-off truck and transported for solids disposal. Sludge volume can be reduced by 80% with reductions to 98% in BOD, COD, FOG and TSS. Effluent is clear, the unit has few moving parts, and the size of filter media can be selected according to job requirements. Standard equipment includes a roll-over tarp system; side, floor and center screens; 1/4-inch floor plate; 7-gauge side plates; four door-binder ratchets; eight drain ports; two inlet ports; and a long-handle scraper. Units are also available in a 15-yard size. 979-245-5656;

Bucks Fabricating Dewatering-Style Roll-Off Containers

Dewatering-style roll-off containers from Bucks Fabricating feature a removable perforated steel basket that filters the materials within, separating the liquids to the bottom while the sludge materials remain on top. From there, the fittings, or apertures, commonly located on the bottom of the sealed tailgate allow the hauler to drain the liquid from the container. This process decreases the container payload. Available in cable, hooklift, combo, or permanent mount hookups, dewatering containers are manufactured in standard and custom sizes. 800-233-0867;

Park Process Sludge King II

The Sludge King II roll-off dewatering container from Park Process incorporates an engineered design that eliminates trapped water in the bottom of the filter cake. The second center wall filter increases filter area by 33% producing drier cakes in less time. The plastic floor panels that cover the floor space between wall filters and center wall filters serve three purposes. They hold down the bottom of the filter elements, help eliminate standing water and facilitate dumping of filter cake. The inlet manifold is split into three inlets, each with a ball valve, allowing incoming flow to be distributed evenly into the three compartments formed by the two center-wall filters. 855-511-7275; 

Pik Rite self-contained roll-off unit

Pik Rite self-contained roll-off units are fully operational at the pumping site without a chassis. The heavy-duty front platform holds the user’s choice of pump and a Kohler 25 hp electric-start engine. The tank is set up with a level indicator, rear sight eyes, 36-inch top manway, 20-inch rear manway, 3-inch intake with an internal 3-inch standpipe, and a 4-inch discharge. The low-profile, 12-inch primary shut-off is paired with a 10-gallon secondary shut-off. Spray-on protective liner protects hoses and promotes durability. Work lights and a safety beacon are mounted on the rear tank head, and a ladder is mounted on the side. Polished aluminum hose trays and custom paint finish are standard. Other customizable options are available. 800-326-9763; 

Pinnacle roll tarp sludge container

Roll tarp sludge containers from Pinnacle come standard in 20-, 25-, 30- and 40-cubic-yard capacities. The radius-bottom containers have 1/4-inch floors and 3/16-inch sidewalls. All containers are water-tested to the top of the container for 30 to 45 minutes and come standard with a side-roll tarp. Custom sizes, dewatering baskets and other modifications are available. All are blasted prior to painting and the shell is powder coated. 256-840-8031;


ScreencO Systems Trash Master 400 Auto Screen

The Trash Master 400 Auto Screen from ScreencO Systems uses gravity to separate trash from the flow stream through a 4-inch inlet with a fan spreader to power-offload vacuum trucks. It has an aluminum hopper with a 6-inch outlet cam and 3/8-inch gapped 1/4-inch bar screen that meets U.S. EPA 503 regulations. A stainless steel U-channel with ultra high molecular weight polyethylene-lined titanium provides years of wear, with a high-strength alloy steel 8 1/2-inch shaftless screw that moves trash to a waste container. The stainless steel U-channel has slotted drain holes and a center channel bar screen for cleaner and dryer trash. A custom-built stainless steel bar rake is included for easy maintenance. A front spray bar with a 1 gpm nozzle keeps the unit clean and free of buildup. A 2 hp NORD gear reduction drive with Lenze variable-frequency drive control accomplishes a variable-speed screw from 6 to 30 rpms. 208-790-8770;


Crust Busters agitator

The handheld power agitator from Crust Busters has an 80-inch shaft and two- or three-blade propeller designed to mix a 1,000-gallon septic tank in five minutes. Options include 2-, 4-, 6- and 9-foot extensions and a short three-blade shaft that adapts to the two-blade unit. 763-878-2296;


Sim/Tech Filter TruCore

The TruCore from Sim/Tech Filter is a large-diameter, accurate, user-friendly sludge sampler designed for sludge common to septic tanks. It allows samples to be taken quickly without creating excessive turbulence, as there are no restrictions caused by valves, stoppers or flaps. With a 1 3/8-inch I.D., the capacity per foot is almost 10 ounces. The straight-through design allows sample to be effortlessly returned to the tank. The unit is made of a polycarbonate sampling tube (marked every foot) and PVC fittings. It comes as a single-piece, 8-foot unit or as two 4-foot units that slip together. Custom sizes and configurations are also available. A simple and customizable extension kit is available for deeply buried tanks. 888-999-3290;


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