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7 Tips for Effective Grease Trap Maintenance

For health and environmental reasons, it is important to keep fats, oils and grease (FOG) out of the sanitary sewer system by using a grease trap. Most municipalities require that grease traps be inspected and cleaned regularly. The minimum required cleaning of the grease trap can vary, but a general rule of thumb is that a grease trap should be cleaned when it becomes 25% full. To prevent an establishment from exceeding the minimum, it is suggested that grease traps be cleaned quarterly, monthly, or depending on the need.

Grease traps must be cleaned annually because of strictly-enforced regulations, especially in food serving establishments. A licensed professional must take care of those annual cleanings, but you can still do a few things to ensure your grease trap runs smoothly. Check out our 7 tips to help you prevent grease trap issues!

  • Be sure to check that your grease trap is installed correctly. If there is little or no grease in the trap, then it is probably installed incorrectly, which means it’s time to call in a professional.
  • Garbage disposals should not be installed ahead of grease traps because it causes the grease trap to fill with ground food sludge. Make sure they’re installed behind grease traps instead!
  • Have strainers installed in sinks, dishwashers, and on floor drains to prevent large solids from entering grease traps. Solids such as rubber gloves, silverware, towels, lids, caps, and rocks should NEVER enter grease traps. Make sure that the strainers are in place at all times.
  • Do not dispose of grease by intentionally pouring it down the drain. Pour it into a recycling container for Ace Grease to pick up when the grease trap is pumped. Be sure to pour it into a metal bucket to avoid placing hot grease in a plastic container.
  • Be sure that your grease trap is the proper size for your needs.
  • Scrape as much food as possible into the trash to avoid using the garbage disposal.
  • *Reduce your liability by keeping records of when and how much FOG is collected. Document who cleaned the grease traps, when it was done, and where the material from the trap went. Ace Grease provides these reports free of charge after your service, and we proudly recycle FOG into valuable products that are used to create plastics, soaps, livestock feed, and biodiesel fuel.

Ace Grease Service can create a standard service schedule that works for you to make sure that you are following local, state, and federal regulations. Contact us today at 1-800-GREASE3 or www.acegrease.com. Be sure to ask us about our bundling services!

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