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Improving Compliance and Saving Money with Grease Interceptor Monitors


Grease interceptors are often pumped too often because pumping intervals are set using a best guess to ensure compliance. If the interceptor tank is pumped too often, clients could be paying thousands of dollars in unnecessary pumping costs. If an interceptor is not pumped often enough, there could be significant amounts of grease moving down into the sewer system creating a risk of clogs or government penalties. The SmartPro connected interceptor monitor ensures people know exactly when a tank needs to be pumped.

Grease, Oil and Interceptors

Zurn produces a range of grease interceptors specifically engineered for the removal and retention of grease from kitchen and restaurant wastewater.

Zurn provides an assortment of grease interceptors tailored for the elimination of grease from kitchen and restaurant wastewater. When in the market for grease interceptors, it's crucial to take into account elements like design, size, installation, and upkeep. Here are some recommended products to explore:

  1. Z1165 Grease Interceptor
  2. Z1170 Grease Interceptor
  3. ZS1170 Grease Interceptor
  4. Z1174 Grease Interceptor
  5. GT2700 Grease Interceptor
  6. GT2701-20-3NH Low-Profile Grease Interceptor
  7. GT2701-20-3IP Low-Profile Grease Interceptor
  8. GT2701-35-4IP Low-Profile Grease Interceptor
  9. GT2701-50-4IP Low-Profile Grease Interceptor
  10. GT2701-50-4NH Low-Profile Grease Interceptor
  11. GT2701-50-3NH Low-Profile Grease Interceptor
  12. GT2701-35-3NH Low-Profile Grease Interceptor
  13. GT2701-35-4NH Low-Profile Grease Interceptor
  14. Z1199 Auto Draw-Off Grease Interceptor
  15. Proceptor GMC Gravity Grease Interceptor
  16. Proceptor GMC 50-300 CSA CSA Fiberglass Hydromechanical Grease Interceptor CSA Certified
  17. Z1172-UN Low-Profile Grease Interceptor 
  18. Z1171-RD Low Profile Grease Interceptor with Rigid Pipe Draw Off
  19. Z1171-TD Low Profile Grease Interceptor with Accumulating Cone and Flow Control Tee
  20. Proceptor GMC UPC 
  21. Proceptor GMC 100-500
  22. Retroceptor RC35 and RC50
  23. Retroceptor RC35LP
  24. GT2700-35-4NH
  25. GT2700-07-2NH
  26. GT2700-04-2NH
  27. GT2700-10-2NH

Grease interceptor monitoring systems

Grease interceptor monitoring systems offer cost savings and aid in complying with local sewer regulations for businesses. These systems can:

  • Track and record FOG (Fat, Oil, Grease) buildup.
  • Reduce unnecessary pump-outs.
  • Simplify reporting to ensure compliance.
  • Transmit data wirelessly to a display panel.
  • Utilize ultrasonic monitoring technology.

Notable grease interceptor monitoring solutions include:

Additionally, proper installation, usage, and regular cleaning of grease interceptors contribute to time and cost savings.

SmartPro stands out as a grease interceptor monitoring system that employs ultrasonic monitoring, eliminating the common issue of clog-prone direct contact alarms. It offers real-time data on crucial metrics like grease/oil level, solids/sediment level, total liquid level, temperature, and battery life, all transmitted wirelessly. This allows JPG to remotely monitor customer interceptors, enabling faster responses to problems within the interceptor or downstream. The result? Prevention of costly backups and catastrophic overflows.

According to Geiling, "With frequent personnel changes, it's difficult to have consistent oversight of the interceptor. When interceptors overflow, it's a really costly problem. Now our customers know we are monitoring their interceptors with SmartPro, and they don't have to worry about overflow or compliance issues."

How SmartPro help restaurants and contractors

SmartPro empowers restaurants and contractors to replace estimates with real-time data, ensuring compliance with regulations and avoiding potential fines for illegal discharges into municipal wastewater systems. It offers multiple monitoring options, such as wireless radio, cell network, gateway cloud solutions, and building automation connectivity.

Geiling further notes, "We're using SmartPro to improve the quality of every pump by knowing the actual levels in the tank. That helps customers stay in compliance and keeps haulers accountable. The data gives a good look at the tank from a quality assurance perspective. Restaurants can make sure they're getting what they pay for when they get pumped."

SmartPro's real-time insights into interceptor performance empower restaurants to maintain high-quality operations while achieving cost savings. The shift to demand-based pumping reduces unnecessary cleaning and associated waste.

For JPG, SmartPro has revolutionized interceptor pumping. Remote monitoring not only enhances service quality and cost savings for customers but also expands pumping service capacity. Additionally, it fosters responsible wastewater system management, minimizing resources and unnecessary pumps. Installation is a breeze, typically taking less than 60 minutes.

Geiling acknowledges the value of technology-driven solutions, stating, "We're trying to do more with new technology, and Zurn is doing a lot of the things we want to deploy to our customers. Technology-driven solutions and monitoring allow us to help our customers understand their needs a little bit better."

“One JPG customer went from pumping every month for compliance to pumping every quarter based on their actual need,” says John Geiling, President and CEO, JPG Plumbing & Mechanical. “The data presents itself through the SmartPro System. At $450 dollars per pump at 200 stores, this customer could save up to $720,000 a year.”

You can learn more about SmartPro Grease Interceptor Monitors in a new case study.