How long it can take can vary of course, but is influenced by restaurant menu, frequency of pumpouts and thoroughness of cleaning.
A corroding steel interceptor feeds FOG deposit formation in collection systems with lots of iron oxide, and when it fails it leaches it's contents and contaminates the surrounding soil.
The average life expectancy for a steel interceptor is roughly five years.
The cost to replace a failed steel interceptor runs in the thousands of dollars, which is why we put together a video; we wanted to show just what it takes to tearout and replace a corroded steel interceptor.
The best long term strategy to prevent the problems associated with failing steel interceptors, of course, is to mandate or approve only interceptors made with non-corrosive materials such as heavy duty thermoplastics or fiberglass.
Eliminating steel interceptors will benefit all stakeholders including restaurant owners, wastewater authorities and the rest of us.
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