What to Know Before Getting Your Grease Trap Cleaned

If you work at a restaurant, you know that cleaning your grease trap (also referred to as an interceptor) can be such a hassle. In theory, you know that you’re supposed to get it cleaned periodically, but sometimes it just creeps up on you.

Septic and grease maintenance definitely aren’t what you think about when you wake up each morning (Well, unless you’re weird like us.), but if gone untreated can cause a slew of problems that can put a halt on your day to day business. As a grease and septic pumping company, it’s our job to make sure this doesn’t happen. That’s why we’ve put together this list to help you with any and all of your grease interceptor questions.

How Does a Grease Interceptor Work?

Just to give you an idea of what is happening with your grease interceptor before reaching your sewer system, we figured you might need a refresher on what its function is.

Once grease goes down your drain, it reaches the grease trap. In a normal system this would most likely cause a clog, but because you have an interceptor, your grease is caught and trapped so that water can continue to flow free into the septic and sewer system in place. Simple enough right? The problem then arises when your interceptor becomes too full for the water to pass through.

Know What Size Your Grease Trap Is.

Knowing whether your grease trap is one that needs to be pumped or cleaned out by hand is your first step. If it is anywhere from 10 to 100 Gallons, you will probably only need to have it hand cleaned, but if it is anything larger, you may need to have a septic and grease trap professional come out to pump it. In order to determine how large your grease trap is, you should probably have a plumber come out and take a look. They can give you an idea of what it might take to get your grease system cleaned and ready for the day.

How often should I be getting my grease trap cleaned?

The frequency of which you are getting your grease trap cleaned at a restaurant is largely dependent on the size of both you’re restaurant and the interceptor in place. However, as a rule of thumb, it can help to have it cleared every 1 to 3 months. This ensures that nothing is going to cause a problem or a clogged drain.

It also helps if you can find a plumbing or septic and sewer company that can schedule for a periodical appointment. This way they can tell you how often it should be pumped and take care of everything for you. For instance, we have a list of restaurants that we visit on a regular basis to keep their grease interceptor clean and efficient. We give them a call beforehand to get the timing right and then show up to perform the maintenance.

You’ve read this far, why not give us a call so we can help you with your grease situation at your place of business? We are a Nashville company that specializes in grease, septic, and sewer services. We’ve been in business for a long time so you can trust that we are going to have the knowledge and experience to help you out in any way possible.

Give us a call at 615-262-0667

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