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Effective Grease Trap Cleaning

Any commercial kitchen that uses a fryer or cooker needs a grease trap installed in their establishment. It is a small plumbing device designed especially for food establishments to separate FOG from wastewater that returns to the city sewer system. If allowed to enter the drainage system, those sticky FOG can cause various plumbing issues such as blockage, sewer backups, overflows, etc. resulting in expensive sewer repair. The device protects the sewer system from grease infestation. They are assigned to trap fats, oils, grease, and solid food sludge from the wastewater.
Cleaning and pumping the grease trap is also very important for the device to work effectively. A grease trap with its tank full of FOG and food waste doesn’t do any good. Clogged grease tanks fail to keep the clogging materials out of the city sewers, and failing to do so results in unwanted consequences. It’s a FACT and every restaurant, grocery shop, supermarket, or coffee shop owner knows this very well.
The Grease Co. can help you in this regard to ensure a clean and healthy plumbing system in your commercial kitchen. Our effective grease trap cleaning and pumping service will remove any ‘grease threat’ and make sure that your work environment runs smoothly.

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Are you looking for professional restaurant grease trap cleaning? The Grease Co. is here to help you. We are an expert plumbing company in California dedicated to serving commercial kitchens. Our grease trap experts are experienced, knowledgeable, and equipped with the latest grease technology to provide our customers with the most effective grease management services at an affordable price. Call TGC todayWe’re available 24/7.

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What is a Grease Trap and why is Important?

A grease trap is a device designed to intercept and separate FOGS before they can enter a wastewater disposal system. It is a type of receptacle into which wastewater along with FOGS flows through. The receptacle as its name implies traps the FOGS and allows the clean water to escape. This device has been around for more than 100 years and working efficiently to keep our sewerage system grease-free. Grease traps are mainly used in commercial kitchens such as restaurants, cafes, takeaways, pubs, hotels, school canteens, bakeries, etc. if you run a restaurant or a food business in any state of the USA including California, you must install a grease filter in your kitchen or establishment to avoid citations from the municipalities. Other than penalties, the device may also save your establishment from plumbing issues which are expensive to repair and can cause a temporary shut down of your business.

For a commercial kitchen, the necessity of a grease trap is unquestionable and so is the importance of grease trap cleaning.

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The Grease Co. is a one-stop-shop for commercial kitchens to find any grease management and oil recycling solution they may need. Our full line of commercial kitchen plumbing services are grease trap cleaning, grease trap repair, grease interceptor cleaning, grease interceptor repair, used cooking oil collection, hydro jetting, etc. 

As plumbing experts, we understand the value of emergency plumbing service, especially for food establishments. Therefore, we’ve made ourselves available 24/7 for the convenience of our customers. Got a grease trap that needs cleaning? Call us NOW!

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Fast, Reliable and Cost-effective Grease Trap Cleaning

The Grease Co. is a professional grease management service provider in California. With our complete and comprehensive grease trap cleaning service, you can expect a hassle-free and grease-pollution-free working environment in your kitchen. Our team of highly trained technicians will ensure your device is compliant with all the applicable regulations. We are fast, reliable, and trusted by our thousands of customers all over the state.

The price of our grease trap pumping service is completely transparent and is more cost-effective than any other company in California. Call (888) 789-1090 now to talk to one of our live representatives to learn more about the pricing of our grease trap cleaning and other plumbing services. Or Email us with your details (size of your trap, location, and condition) to get a free quote TODAY.

How to clean grease traps?

There are various methods of grease trap cleaning. But to avoid citations it’s important that you choose the method which complies with the regulations. It is also the responsibility of the food establishment to make sure that the removed FOG content is disposed of properly. Grease trap pumping is quite an unpleasant task that involves removing and disposing of rotten food sludge and grease. It is labor-intensive, time-consuming, and requires the use of special plumbing equipment. One mistake while cleaning and pumping can damage the device and cost you even more in repair.

When it comes to grease trap cleaning, It’s always best to hire a professional plumbing company for effective results. While hiring a plumbing company for your grease trap pumping, make sure they are fully aware of the regulations imposed by the municipality. Be sure to check their license and registration, and also don’t forget to check if they are experienced enough to completely rely on.

The Grease Company provides complete grease management solutions including grease trap pumping, cleaning, and repair. We are licensed and completely aware of all the regulations. After completion of pumping, we take the responsibility of transporting grease and sludge to a government-authorized location to dispose of them. Our customers are provided with a detailed manifest report which helps them to avoid citations.

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Step 1 - Removal of FOG Content

To begin with grease trap cleaning, we gently remove the lid from the trap so that we don’t damage the gaskets on the lid. After that, we measure the amount of FOG and food sludge inside the tank using a measurement scale and perform a video camera inspection if needed. Then using our pump we remove all the dirty water from the grease trap. When all the water is removed, we start to scoop out the FOGS from the tank and carefully collect them in our FOG container. After that, we scrub the bottom, sides, and lid of the grease tank to remove any excess grease. This extra little effort helps to prevent another quick grease buildup.

Step 2 - Cleaning with Fresh Water

In this step, we use clean water to wash the grease trap inside out. To make sure the trap is completely clean, we ‘redo’ this step multiple times. Afterward, we reinstall all the components and pour some clean water into the device. At the end of our service, we carry all the removed content with us to an authorized location and leave a report of our whole operation for municipal inspection.

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set up a preventative grease tank maintenance schedule to avoid unwanted backups and overflows.
Our technicians also inspect the device thoroughly to look for any potential issues such as broken tee pipes, baffles, manhole cover, damaged lid or gaskets, etc.

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Very professional and immediate attention. Had a problem with the city and theses guys helped me immediately to fix the waste cooking oil disposal issue we are having. Grease trap overflowed city came and I found GMS online so I called. They had a clean up crew at my place working an hours which was very impressive. After cleaning up they pumped out the grease trap and cleaned my drains. Can’t say that the price was cheap but they were the lowest I found.
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We had an emergency and my whole facility was down. I called these guys and right away they were able to assist. Within an hour their team was able to come pump out the grease trap so that the plumber can access and change the sump pump. Highly recommended especially if you are in a bind because they are fast and reasonably priced. Great Value for my money.
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What are the signs that indicate I need grease trap pumping?

A grease trap is an important component of a busy commercial kitchen. To keep the kitchen running and to avoid costly plumbing issues, a restaurant owner must consistently care for his grease catcher. Cleaning a grease trap regularly keeps the device working effectively. To understand when its time to clean your grease recovery device, you can follow these signs-

Sewer backups or slow movement of water

A grease trap handles gallons of wastewater containing FOGS every day. Those accumulated FOGS start to solidify over time, and the trap gets full of dense grease. A grease trap is a connection between the kitchen sink and the sewerage system but when there is too much grease and dirt built up inside the trap, it becomes hard for the water to flow through. This leads to slow water movement and sewer backups. A poor grease trap upkeep is the root cause of sewer backups and clogs in the sink drain.

Foul Odor

Unpleasant odors, that don’t disappear even after you take out the trash or clean your kitchen are a sign that your grease trap needs cleaning. A grease tank accumulates grease, animal fats, vegetable oils, and food sludge that gets rotten over time causing an unexplainable bad smell. If there’s such a stench in your kitchen, you should consider getting your grease trap cleaned.

Grease in unusual places

If you notice presence of grease around your kitchen, its a clear sign that your grease catcher is full and needs cleaning.

When grease trap is one-quarters full

Its best practice to inspect your grease recovery device weekly, and whenever the trap is 25% full of its total liquid depth, you should consider a grease trap cleaning immediately. The device can not work effectively when it is more than one-quarter full.

Where to find a reliable grease trap cleaning service?

A complete grease trap cleaning service includes perfect cleaning, proper disposal of FOG materials, and cleaning techniques that follow grease management regulations. Although you may clean your grease trap all by yourself but is best to hire a professional grease trap pumping and cleaning company for the best result.

Before you pick a company for your commercial kitchens, you should check if they are licensed by the CDFA and provides services that are compliant with the regulations. It is important that the company you choose is experienced in handling complicated devices such as grease trap.

The Grease Company is always here to help you and your commercial kitchen regarding plumbing services. We are a licensed, experienced company and trusted by our thousands of customers in different cities of California. Our expert grease trap technicians will service your fast, and at convenient hours.

The Grease Co. provides comprehensive grease management services such as grease trap cleaning, pumping, and grease trap repair. Our skilled experts will thoroughly clean your device, inspect the device to find if there’s any damage to it, and repair it. We provide our customers with a detailed report that gets them out of the risk of facing a citation from the local authority.

TGC. has served hundreds of restaurants, cafeterias, supermarkets, etc. for over a decade. We are available 24/7 to respond to any emergency call of our customers. Call us today.

What is the difference between a grease trap and a grease interceptor?

Grease interceptors are similar kinds of plumbing devices to a grease trap but larger in size. There’s no difference in their principle and way of functioning. But there are few differences in their appearance and capability.

Unit Size: Grease traps are smaller in size, while grease interceptors are much larger.
Capacity: A grease interceptor can handle water flow of more than 50 gallons per minute, but a grease trap can handle only 10-50 gallons of water every minute.
Location: Grease traps are typically installed inside the commercial kitchen, near the sink while a grease interceptor is installed either underground or outside of the establishment for its larger size.
Maintenance frequency: Grease interceptors have much more FOG holding capacity than a grease trap. So, a grease interceptor requires less maintenance or pumping.

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What is the cost of grease trap cleaning?

There’s no fixed answer to this question. The Grease Company determines the price of grease trap cleaning service based on some factors. They are- the size and location of the grease tank, the amount of FOG content that needs to be removed and disposed of, and the time required for the whole cleaning operation.

Usually, the cost is between $175 to $475. Call us at (888) 789-1090 today to learn more about our pricing or Email us with your details to get a clear quote.

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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?

Not to worry, the Grease Co. is here help food businesses in this oily problem. We are the #1 IKG hauler in the state, providing our comprehensive services for more than 12 years. 

We are fast, reliable and always ready to take new challenges. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Grease Trap Cleaning
What is a grease interceptor?

Grease traps play a crucial role in saving the kitchen from various plumbing problems. Fats, oils, and grease produced in restaurants, cafeterias, and hotels are much greater in volume than in household kitchens. For that reason, municipalities around the USA obligated commercial kitchens to install a grease trap (grease interceptor for comparatively larger establishments) on their premises. The receptacle prevents FOG from entering the sewer pipes and saves both the establishment and the city drainage system from grease pollution.

Restaurant owners and managers in California are likely to be familiar with a grease trap. While doing our job, we face different curious questions from our customers regarding grease tanks and their cleaning. We’ve tried our best to answer all those questions and more in this article. But if you have any other questions that we didn’t mention here, feel free to call (888) 789-1090 today.

What is a grease trap?

A grease trap is a plumbing device mainly used in commercial kitchens. This device was first invented in the 1880s by Nathaniel Whiting of California. The main objective of the device is to reduce the number of fats, oils, and grease from wastewater that enters sewers.

The grease trap has a baffling structure with a large sludge tank attached to it where most of the FOG gets stored after getting filtered from the wastewater. It is usually located inside the kitchen, near the sink, and can handle up to 50 gallons of wastewater every minute. Grease traps are made of different materials such as plastic, concrete, stainless steel, etc.

How much will I have to pay for not cleaning my grease trap?

There is no approximate answer to this question. Fines for not installing or cleaning a grease trap may vary based on a few factors. Some of those factors are-

Before imposing a fine on your business the inspector from the municipality will check previous records of grease trap pumping.
The city authority will also check the numbers of previous sewer backups and overflows in your establishment. 
If this is a one-time incident, the municipality may let you go for a small amount of fine, but if it turns out that you’re a regular lawbreaker, you may have to pay fines up to $2000 or even more. The best practice to avoid such citations is to inspect the grease tank every week, and hire a professional grease trap cleaning company when it is required.

Can I do grease trap pumping on my own?

Yes, you can clean your grease trap all by yourself, but it is recommended that you hire a professional plumbing company for the best result.

Grease traps are complicated devices with multiple components. You may have to separate all the components while it’s cleaning and if you can’t put them back or damage any of them, the device will lose its effectiveness. Grease trap cleaning is quite an unpleasant task because the sludge tank contains FOG and rotten food solids. After removing them from the trap, it is also your responsibility to dispose of the materials properly.

You can avoid all these difficulties by simply relying on an expert plumbing company. Advantage of hiring a professional company will not only clean your device thoroughly but also will provide you with a complete manifest report of the operation. They will also inspect your device to look for any damage, and provide a repair service if required.

If you need grease trap cleaning in California, The Grease Company is always ready to help you. Call (888) 789-1090 (Toll-free) today.

How often does a grease trap need to be cleaned?

The frequency of grease trap cleaning varies based on different factors. A busy restaurant with a large kitchen requires more pumping than a small coffee shop. Usually, a restaurant may need grease trap services once a month, but small food establishments such as a coffee shops will not require cleaning operations that often. Size, FOG holding capacity, and efficiency also play an important role in determining the cleaning schedule.

The best practice is to inspect your device every week to look for signs that will indicate its time for cleaning. You can also follow the one-fourths or one-quarter cleaning rule. Restaurants, grocery shops, and supermarkets are advised to set a pre-schedule for grease trap cleaning to avoid critical situations.

What is the One-fourths or One-quarters rule of grease trap cleaning?

The one-fourths or one-quarters rule is an internationally recognized standard that determines grease trap cleaning frequency.

Whenever the grease tank is 25% full with FOGS of its total holding capacity it needs grease trap 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.

Do all commercial kitchens require the same cleaning frequency?

The frequency of grease trap cleaning depends on some factors such as the size of the device, type of food establishment, and net volume of grease production. A steak house or a busy family restaurant produces FOG in larger amounts than a coffee shop or a sandwich shop and therefore requires grease trap pumping and services more often.

What are the best practices to keep my grease trap clean?

A grease trap that handles loads of wastewater every minute needs proper maintenance. Here’s a list of good practices that you can follow to keep your grease tank fit and clean-

  • 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.
    To learn more call (888) 789-1090 (toll-free) today for free consultancy.
Why does my grease trap smell after being cleaned?

If you notice stench in your commercial kitchen even after your grease tank was cleaned, that is probably because-

  • The gasket around the manhole cover can get corroded over time allowing gases (produced from rotten food sludge) from your grease trap to escape and leak into your establishment.
  • There’s a grease build-up in your plumbing pipes which is causing backups. If you notice any sign of sewer backups or grease buildup call a professional plumber to fix the issue.
I have a backup in my commercial kitchen sink. What could be the reason??

If you ask any grease management expert, they will tell you- a poorly working grease catcher is the main reason behind sewer backups in the kitchen. If there’s a backup in your establishment, inspect your grease trap- its probably clogged with grease buildups, call a professional grease trap plumbing company and get the issues fixed as soon as possible to avoid both citations and business loss.

Is it ok to put grease down the drain? Isn’t that what the grease trap is for?

No, it’s not okay to pour grease into your sink or put them down the drain. That can get the drainage system blocked resulting in sewer backups, overflows, and failure wastewater treatment system. It is also prohibited by law and you’ll receive a citation for such an irresponsible act. The municipality reserves the right to even revoke your business license.

Instead of putting your grease down the drain, hire a professional grease trap cleaning company. They will not just clean and pump your trap but also will dispose of the removed grease to a authorized grease dumping location. Email us to learn more.

Do you repair grease traps?

Yes, the Grease Company provides a grease trap repair service. Click here to learn more.


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