Here’s some frequently asked questions about using Custom GT, a grease trap bacteria product, for grease trap maintenance.
Grease Trap Maintenance using Custom GT
Q. How does Custom GT work?
A. Custom GT contains billions of beneficial bacteria. These bacteria metabolize “eat” the organic components in the grease trap. The typical chemicals Custom GT encounters in a restaurant grease trap are Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG), starches and proteins. Of these grease tends to be the largest component.
Custom GT metabolizes theses organic compounds producing additional beneficial bacteria, carbon dioxide and water. Grease trap maintenance can be performed with regular use of Custom GT.
Q. Do I still need to pump my grease trap?
A. Yes. Although less frequently. Typically restaurants that pumped once a month will still need to pump their grease trap once a year to get the inorganic solids that accumulate in the bottom of the grease trap. So grease trap pumping is significantly reduced by should still be a part of your grease trap maintenance plan.
Q. I’ve heard of grease trap enzymes. What is an enzyme?
A. An enzyme is a protein that acts as a catalyst for many chemical reactions. Enzymes are substrate specific. That means there are different enzymes for proteins, grease, starch, etc. An enzyme that works on protein would not work on grease.
Q. Can enzymes be used in grease trap treatment?
A. This is a little trickier. The short answer is yes enzymes can be used to break down grease. The big HOWEVER is this. Enzymes cannot reproduce themselves so grease trap enzyme products are by definition inferior to grease trap bacteria products.
Q. Wait – Why are grease trap bacteria products better than grease trap enzyme products?
A. The quick answer is because bacteria reproduce – as fast as every 20 minutes. Enzymes cannot reproduce. In fact, one way to think of grease trap bacteria is to imagine them as a enzyme factory. By reproducing themselves, grease trap bacteria produce a extremely large quantity of enzymes. Why just use enzymes when you can have the entire factory?
Additionally, grease trap enzyme products may simply partially digest the grease sending the byproducts down line to the city pipes.
Q. Can Custom GT reduce that rotten egg smell?
A. Yes Custom GT can and does eliminate grease trap odor. The rotten egg smell is actually hydrogen sulfide produced by anaerobic bacteria. The beneficial bacteria in Custom GT outcompete the anaerobic bacteria for the available nutrients. Since the bacteria in Custom GT do not produce hydrogen sulfide, the grease trap odors are quickly eliminated. Grease trap maintenance with Custom GT will eliminate or greatly reduce grease trap odor.
Q. Does the use of Custom GT reduce the amount of grease leaving the grease trap?
A. Absolutely! The fats, oils and grease (FOG) leaving a grease trap are generally measured by municipalities. Here’s a link to a case study showing the reduction of FOG’s in a restaurant grease trap. Click Here for the grease trap maintenance case study.