Difference between a grease interceptor and a grease trap
Grease interceptors are similar types of plumbing devices to grease traps. It is used in commercial kitchens to separate FOGS from wastewater. There is not much difference in their way of functioning between a grease interceptor and a trap. But the main difference that sets them apart is their size ranging and the capability of handling wastewater.
Grease interceptors were designed for larger establishments, therefore they are much larger than grease traps. A trap can easily fit inside the kitchen, under the sink. But an interceptor has to be placed outside of the establishment or underground due to its large size.
A grease interceptor can handle up to 500 gallons of wastewater every minute, while an average-sized grease trap can handle 50 gallons of water at most. Another difference between the two types of plumbing devices is in their maintenance frequency.
The sludge tank of a grease trap is smaller in size than the one of an interceptor. It has less holding capacity and gets one-quarters full sooner. A grease trap has to be cleaned every month. But a grease interceptor requires less maintenance activity due to its greater holding capacity. Cleaning a grease interceptor once in three months is quite sufficient.
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Grease interceptor cleaning and pumping
A complete grease interceptor cleaning involves the removal of all FOG content and food sludge from top to bottom. Grease interceptors when it is clogged inside can cause sewer backups, overflows, and many other plumbing issues. Municipalities in most cities of California quote that you need to get your grease trap pumping done once FOG contents reach 25% of total liquid depth. If you fail to clean your grease interceptor on time, you’ll face citations from the inspectors of the municipality. The device also protects an establishment from sewer backups and overflows. Failing to get your interceptor cleaned on time may cause any of these issues in your commercial kitchen resulting in expensive plumbing repair.
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The Grease Co. provides a comprehensive and cost-effective grease interceptor cleaning and pumping service in Southern California. Our expert commercial plumbers are highly trained and fully aware of the regulations imposed by the municipalities. In our grease interceptor cleaning service, we perform a thorough video inspection, completely remove all the FOG content, and dispose of the collected FOG and sludge. At the end of our service, we provide our customers with a detailed manifest FOGS certification report. TGC is licensed by the CDFA (California Department of Foods & Agriculture) to provide grease management and cooking oil recycling services in California. We are equipped with the best FOG management technology and are dedicated to serving our customers with the best and long-term grease interceptor solution.
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We provide a full line of grease management plumbing services and used oil recycling solutions for commercial kitchens in California. Including grease interceptor pumping and cleaning, our comprehensive services are grease trap cleaning, grease trap repair, grease interceptor repair, used cooking oil collection, and hydro jetting.
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The Grease Company is a licensed grease management company in California. We’ve been providing effective grease interceptor cleaning service for almost a decade. Our services are mainly available for commercial kitchens.
With a team of highly qualified great interceptor experts, we are dedicated to finding our customers the best grease interceptor solution at an affordable price.
Here are some reasons why you should choose TGC over other companies for your grease trap repair-
- Professional service: Team of TGC plumbers consists of grease trap and management experts. We’re highly trained and vastly experienced. We’ve been providing our plumbing services for more than a decade with a high rate of success. TGC never compromises on the quality of our service and that’s what made us the fastest growing commercial kitchen plumbing company in California.
- ECO friendly: We care about mother nature, and all of our plumbing services are fully ECO friendly. The grease we remove and collect gets recycled into various usable goods if possible, otherwise, we dump them in a Government-authorized location.
- Wide service area: We’re a state-wide company. Our services are available in almost every major city and county of California.
- Competitive price: All of our exclusive grease management services comes at an affordable price. We don’t charge our customers with any hidden cost. Our pricing is completely transparent and comparatively cheaper than most other companies in the industry. “The best service at the best price”- is one of the keys to our successful professional journey.
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Do you own a restaurant in California? A commercial kitchen that cooks food for its thousands of hungry customers every day often faces many plumbing difficulties. It is important for the businesses in the food & beverage industry to keep their kitchen clean and the sewer unclogged. Proper grease management has always been a time-consuming and unpleasant task to deal with for restaurant owners. Many of the plumbing operations are also not DIY projects and requires both expert attention and specialized equipment.
TGC is licensed by the CDFA to provide these essential plumbing services through the state. We have been helping food establishments with grease interceptor cleaning and other grease trap service for a decade. our motto is to provide our customers with “THE BEST SERVICE at THE BEST PRICE”. We are fast, reliable, and customer friendly.
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How to clean a grese interceptor?
Cleaning or pumping is a very important task to keep the device running fluently. The amount of FOGS a grease interceptor handles every day can easily create unwanted clogs and blockages if not pumped on time. While running a food business, the last thing you want is a clogged drain that may result in sewer backups and overflows eventually citations and business loss.
To know when it is time to perform a cleaning operation, its the best that you inspect your device regularly. Here’s how you can easily inspect your interceptor and monitor FOG content level.
Step by step guide to inspect a grease interceptor-
1) Remove the lid from the grease interceptor
2) Break through the FOG layer on the top and determine the depth of the water layer.
3) If the FOG layer is more than two (2) inches thick, or more than 25% of total liquid depth, it is time to clean your grease interceptor.
Step by step guide to grease interceptor cleaning
Grease interceptor cleaning is quite a complicated task that requires the use of several specialized types of equipment. Also, the interceptor consists of a few complicated components which if not handled with care and expertise can break and eventually cause your device to fail in its functionality. It’s always best to hire a professional grease interceptor cleaning expert to get the job done more maximum accuracy.
Here are the steps of grease interceptor pumping-
To begin the cleaning operation, open the grease interceptor and by ‘open’ we mean removal of lids and gaskets. Be sure to handle the gaskets carefully as they can be easily damaged.
Remove all the FOG content from the sludge tank and the interceptor.You must also remove waste dirty waters from that trap usng a wet-dry vacuum and all the solid food sludge from the bottom. The removed content must be stored in a sealed container for disposal later. Remember, it is also the resposnibility of the commercial kitchen to make sure the FOGS are disposed of correctly in a authorized location.
Then, scrape the sides of the interceptor and clean the baffles. Some of the latest models of grease interceptors have detachable baffles. If yours is removable, detach the baffle from the device for better cleaning.
In this step, use clean cold (or hot, if needed) water to wash the device inside out. REDO this step multiple times for better results. Ensure that the inlet, outlet pipes along with air relief ports are clean and clear of obstructions.
At the end of cleaning operation, inspect all the components (baffles, pieps, etc.) for any corrison. If you notice any damage call a professional grease interceptor company for repairing.
Carefully reinstall all the components, fasten the cover and fill the interceptor with clean water to reduce bad smell.
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What is the cost of grease trap repair?
The cost of grease trap repair service varies on several factors such as the condition of the grease trap, the time needed for repairing, etc. Usually, it’s between 250-600. But its best that contact us directly with your details and we shall provide you with a free quote after a proper visual inspection.
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There are thousands of busy restaurants and food establishments in California. are working hard day and night to provide food for millions of hungry people. As a result, used cooking oils are generated in tons everyday. But where is the time in the busy schedule of a restaurant owner to deal with UCO?
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Frequently asked questions about grease interceptor cleaning
What is a grease interceptor?
A grease interceptor is a similar plumbing device to a grease trap used in large food establishments. It was mainly designed for commercial kitchens in the 1880s. The objective of this device is to reduce the number of FOGS from wastewater when they enter sewers.
Grease interceptor is a multi-component device. Some of its important components are inlet-outlet pipes, baffles, sludge tanks, etc. When wastewater enters the grease interceptor, the baffling structure allows the water to cool down and FOG to separate themselves from water and solids. After that, the water escapes using the outlet pipe, and FOGS remains in the sludge tank.
A grease interceptor is a large device and is usually placed outside of the establishment or underground. Typically, the device can handle up to 500 gallons of wastewater every minute.
Who needs a grease interceptor?
Grease interceptors were primarily built for large commercial kitchens that produce much more FOGS every day than the small ones such as a cafeteria.
Can I clean my grease interceptor on my own?
You may clean your grease trap on your own, but grease interceptor cleaning is different. The involves cleaning and disposal of much more FOGS. It is both time-consuming, and unpleasant and can be unhygienic.
We recommend, hiring a professional grease interceptor pumping company for the task to get the best result. An expert company will not just clean your device but also will make sure, all the removed FOG content gets disposed of correctly according to the regulations of municipalities and provides a details-oriented manifest report which may help you avoid government citations. They will also inspect your grease interceptor thoroughly to look for any possible corrosion or damage, and repair if required.
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How often does a grease interceptor needs cleaning?
A grese interceptor has greater FOG holding capacity than a grease trap. Therfore, it needs much less cleaning.
Cleaning a grease interceptor once every three months should be sufficient. You can also follow the one-fourth rules of grease interceptor pumping. But, we suggest, consulting a professional commercial kitchen plumbing company to determine the frequency of your grease interceptor cleaning.
What is the one-fourth rule of grease interceptor cleaning?
The one-fourths or one-quarters rule is an internationally recognized standard that determines grease interceptor cleaning frequency.
Whenever the grease tank is 25% full with FOGS of its total holding capacity it needs grease interceptor pumping ASAP. The device loses its effectiveness when it’s more than a quarter full of its total liquid depth with grease. That is when grease and oils start to leak into the sewerage system which causes clogs and sewer backups. So, always keep an eye on your grease catcher, and when it is one-quarter full with FOGS – clean it out.
What are the best practices to keep my grease interceptor clean?
Grease interceptors handle tons of wastewater containing fat, oils, and grease every month, therefore needs effective maintenance every once in a while to work effectively. A clogged or corroded grease interceptor does no good for a commercial kitchen.
Here is a list of practices that you can follow to keep your interceptor fit and effective-
- The device should be inspected every week for damage and signs of overflow.
- You should utilize a sink drain cover to prevent food particles from entering the interceptor.
- Never pour down grease or used cooking oil in your sink as they will solidify while traveling down the drain and cause blockages.
- Don’t let your grease tank overflow with FOGS, get grease trap cleaning done when its tank is 25% full of its total liquid depth.
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