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3 Ways Sewage Grinders Can Provide Winter Protection in Food Production Plants

By In Blog On November 24, 2021


In a food production plant, separating waste from liquids is not always an easy task. Food ingredients will often naturally mix with wastewater, and you could have other debris to deal with as well. As winter weather arrives, your problems may only increase through your wastewater pipes.

One way to help treat food debris at a production plant is with a sewage grinder. Industrial grinders provide the tools necessary to break down food particles and come with many benefits. Check out some of the ways a sewage grinder provides winter protection that can also go beyond the winter months as well.

1. Prevents Top Layers

Many foods, greases, and oils will float to the top of wastewater. When large chunks come together, they can form a top layer over the water. As temperatures drop, the top layer can freeze, essentially creating a shell over the waste. If a big enough section freezes, then your pipes could suffer from blockages, and wastewater will have nowhere to go.

When debris is ground down, it turns into small bits and pieces that will not connect together. Sewage grinders will tear, shred, and break apart stubborn food parts. For example, you could have multiple pieces of bone that are a part of the food waste. A sewage grinder has the strength and power to break the bones down into tiny little pieces.

The less food can gather together, the less problems you will have when cold weather arrives. Your pipes will drain smoothly, and the frozen top layer will not be an issue. If food went down the drains as-is, then you would likely need a professional plumber to try and clear out the issue.

Frozen top layers could take weeks to thaw out, especially with no sun exposure and if the pipes are surrounded by frozen ground.

2. Separates Heavy Items

Along with grinding out food debris and waste, a sewage grinder has the ability to filter out heavy items from your waste. Pieces of metal, stones, and other heavy items often naturally filter into a collection tank. The built-in separator helps protect sewage grinders from damage but also comes with a benefit for the winter.

If heavy items go into your pipes, they can take up a lot of space and create potential clogs. The heavier items can also reduce the amount of water volume in the pipes. Water freezes much easier when less water is available, so an increase in debris could create potential winter problems.

Empty the heavy item container on a daily or weekly basis to remove the items and ensure your sewage grinder remains clean. Some of the more advanced sewage grinders could include indicators to tell you when containers are full. The features vary, so look for a complete overview of the sewage grinders to compare them.

3. Prevents Future Problems

Even when the winter months pass by, you could still run into problems without a sewage grinder. When large chunks of food or debris warm up, they will tend to expand. Condensed smaller items may not have caused a problem initially, but problems may arise as they warm up and spread.

A sewage grinder will break apart pieces so small that the temperatures will hardly impact their size on a large scale. Items will not remain in pipes, stick to sides, or cause wastewater problems for your business.

Using a sewage grinder on a daily basis will help your company get through the winter months and treat all of the waste problem so items can naturally decompose.

We carry a large line of sewage grinders at Compressor-Pump & Service, Inc. We will help you select a grinder to fit your business size and the amount of waste your food plant produces. Not only can you get through the winter, but the grinder can help you through the whole year. Contact us today.


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