Grease Trap Cleaning Services

If you’ve ever managed or worked in a kitchen, you already know how important grease traps are to maintaining the integrity of your plumbing. Without proper maintenance, grease traps can easily clog your drains and cause a lot of nasty (not to mention expensive) problems. But with regular grease trap cleanings by Maintain It, you can keep things running smoothly and avoid downtime with very little effort.

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What you need to know about grease trap cleaning

So what is a grease trap and how do you keep them working efficiently? Well, grease traps are a critical plumbing component found inside just about every commercial kitchen and restaurant. Sometimes you’ll even find them in large residential buildings. Grease traps pretty much do exactly what their name implies — trapping grease created from cooking + waste before it gets a chance to enter your drain system and cool, where it can solidify and cause all kinds of problems. A grease trap will basically slow the flow of dirty water so that greases, fats, and oils can cool + solidify. While the rest of the waste water goes into the drain system, the greases are separated and float up to the top of the trap where they can be pumped out for disposal.

How do you properly maintain grease traps?

Clean them — and do it often. Grease trap cleaning needs to be performed on a regular basis in order to protect your plumbing and prevent nasty clogs and backflow (to say nothing of the mess + smells that can occur!). These blockages can also disrupt your septic tank and cause the release of untreated sewage that’s potentially harmful to the environment.

From a business perspective, a problematic grease trap can completely shut down your kitchen and cost you a bunch of business as a result. Thankfully, all those headaches can be very easily avoided by way of routine grease traps cleaning and inspections. Maintain It operates commercial grade pumping trucks to collect and permanently dispose of this waste — some of which can actually be recycled using new technologies, as opposed to going all into landfills.

What’s the difference between grease traps and interceptors?

If you’re researching grease traps, you may get them confused with “interceptors” which perform a very similar function. In fact, the two terms are often used interchangeably. But there is a difference. They’re both designed to trap the fats, oils, and greases in your plumbing system — but the main distinction between grease traps and interceptors is the rate at which they can process wastewater. Interceptors can handle a higher volume in gallons, so if you’re running a large-scale operation, you may need an interceptor. If you’re setting up a new kitchen or replacing your system, consult our experts at Maintain It to figure out which one is right for your building.

Maintain It before your grease traps become a problem

Our expert team at Maintain It has plenty of grease traps cleaning experience, particularly in commercial kitchens and all across the restaurant industry. We can set up regularly scheduled service to make sure your grease trap cleaning never falls behind — and your kitchen stays in top shape.