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Grease traps are small box devices connected directly to the outgoing sink drains designed to retain Fats, Oils, Grease (FOG), and food particles, preventing them from going into and clogging the sewer system. Over time, grease traps get filled up and must be cleaned out. Because grease traps hold small quantities of captured FOG, grease trap maintenance must be performed frequently (e.g. daily, weekly, monthly) with service intervals based on the capacity of your grease trap and the volume of FOG and food debris deposited.
Grease trap manufacturers recommend that the trap be cleaned – that is completely scraped and drained of all liquids, solids, and greases – about once every few days. This is just not feasible.
Most local municipalities require that interior grease traps are cleaned once per month and monthly servicing ends up being the optimal service interval implemented by most restaurants. Check with your local district for minimum maintenance requirements.
The expense of cleaning your grease trap may be one that you would rather not pay. It doesn’t help your food and beverage sales, it doesn’t create loyal customers or even help improve quality. However, regularly cleaning your grease trap is a both a compliance matter and a good housekeeping practice.
To save money, you may decide to do it yourself. If you do so, you must dispose of the grease trap FOG and sludge material properly. This means storing it in a secure container and bringing it over to an EPA-licensed facility for proper disposal. Do not illegally dispose of the material as this poses an environmental hazard and can result in hefty fines and clean-up costs.
We do not recommend dispensing biological agents and enzymes into your grease trap. This is costly, not necessary, and is prohibited by most County Sanitary Districts. In districts where enzymes are not prohibited, you are also still required to clean and maintain your grease trap on schedule.
All food service facility owners or operators are required to keep grease trap maintenance documentation and records on-site in an easily accessible location and must be available for in section and copying upon request by your local officials.
At Grease Trap Cleaners, your service records are kept on file and made available to you on request, keeping you in compliance.