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Best Grease Trap Management Practices FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions -The Best Grease Trap Management Practices

Is Grease A Problem?

The answer on this question is a big YES! Grease has been an ongoing issue in residential and the city sewage and pipelines. Due to the poor solubility in water and its tendency to separate from the dishwashing liquid solution, grease can easily clog up pipelines without proper maintenance. This can lead to pricey emergency service calls and repairs. In this article, we are going to address the frequently asked questions about grease trap management.

How do we manage a grease problem?

One of the best ways for grease management practices is the use of grease trap and grease interceptor. A grease trap is a reservoir built into the wastewater piping downstream from the kitchen or grease production area. This reservoir retains the wastewater in a time that will let the grease congeal and rise to the surface. Grease will then be removed and disposed properly by nonhazardous removal professionals.

Other Best Grease Trap Management Practices?

With the grease trap and grease interceptor installed we need to:

  1. Dispose of food waste by recycling and/or solid waste removal.
  2. Clean grease trap and interceptors routinely.
  3. Never remove flow restrictions (screens). Solid wastes shall be cleaned daily from the interceptors.
  4. Train family or staff on best management practices on grease.
  5. Post “NO GREASE” signs.
  6. Recycle waste cooking oil.
  7. “Dry wipe” pots, pans, and dishware prior to dishwashing
  8. Hot water over 140 degrees Fahrenheit from cooking or cleaning should not be put down the drain. This will re congeal the grease in the collection system once it cools down.
  9. Have a grease container recycling container for yellow grease (cooking grease) and liquid oil.
  10. Scrape the excess food and solidified grease from kitchen utensils.
  11. Routinely clean kitchen hoods and filter system by emptying it into a drain connected to the grease interceptor.
  12. Keep a cleaning schedule record of the grease trap and grease interceptors

Grease A Problem Even Without a Grease Interceptor.

If an establishment uses grease and oil in food preparation, it will eventually encounter a maintenance problem with a plugged building sewer line. The blockage can create a sewer backup and ultimately a potential health problem in the establishment. Many cities require establishments to install grease interceptors to protect the public sewer main. If an establishment fails to meet this regulation and is found violating the law of the Federal Clean Water Act. Recovering the costs and repairs will be charged to the establishment.

These best grease trap management trap practices are easy to follow and do not require a lot of effort with regular cleaning of grease trap and grease interceptor requires that the accumulated fats, oil, and grease be physically removed from the interceptor and properly disposed or recycled. Regular cleaning can improve their efficiency and effectiveness.

At A-1 Septic Tank Service Inc. we know that running a restaurant can be stressful and grease traps are probably not at the forefront of your mind. We offer routine scheduled maintenance for grease traps. This way, you can focus on other important aspects of your business. Having scheduled maintenance not only saves time but also decreases the need to spend extra money on emergency grease trap service calls.

We are a family-owned and operated business. For over 65 years we have been providing the greater San Francisco Bay Area with fast and dependable septic and non-hazardous pumping services. A-1 Septic Tank Service, Inc. is committed to always delivering a safe, quality service and has built its reputation on honesty and integrity. We are ready to take your call!



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