What is a grease trap?

In simple terms, grease traps are designed to trap fatty oils, grease and sludge (FOGs). The substances pass through a catching system, which gives them time to cool down and solidify allowing the water passes through the drain as normal. This separates unwanted fats and oils from grey water, before it enters the waste water disposal system.

Grease traps are easily overlooked as in many cases, it’s “out of site, out of mind”. If you grease trap becomes slow, or clogged, it poses some real issues.

Why does it need regular maintenance?

This system must be maintained regularly in order to be effective in keeping your grease trap clean. Grease from kitchens and food processing plants can build-up very quickly and become very difficult to remove.

Business in the food industry produce large volumes of grease which enters the drainage system from sinks, cooking equipment and dishwashers. If not removed, this grease eventually results in blockages and back-ups. The EPA in the USA states that grease deposits and buildups are the primary cause of blockages. In turn, sewer pipe blockages are the leading cause of sewer overflows, causing property damage and infrastructure problems.

If your grease trap starts to slow, or if it becomes blocked, waste water from equipment such as some ovens, or dishwashers will not drain correctly. This may cause flooding, and may result in health and safety, along with hygiene issues.

How do we help?

We have significant expertise in cleaning grease traps and disposing thereafter of the grease in a safe and cost-effective way.

All staff are fully trained in grease trap cleaning and the disposal of the grease in a safe and environmentally-friendly way.

Customers can avail of this important service as part of a pre-planned maintenance program. This ensures your grease traps are checked and cleaned regularly to remove and risk of damage to your property.