Three Types Of Grease Trap Cleaning Services And How Each Of Them Work

Posted on: 23 May 2016

If you just bought into the restaurant business, there may be a few things you do not know about running your own restaurant. For example, grease traps are something that are not discussed with any real frequency in the food service business, so as an entrepreneur, you may be stuck with learning about these things on your own. Additionally, you would not know that grease traps have to be cleaned out frequently, nor would you know about the following three types of grease trap cleaning services and how they work.

Blasting and Pumping

The grease that builds up and solidifies within your grease traps and along the walls of your underground holding tanks is fairly nasty and often immobile. To break it up, the contractor will blast the grease and fats with either scorching hot air or boiling water to liquidate the solids. Then he or she will pump all of the liquefied grease and fats out of the traps and the holding tanks. To make this process less costly and less time-consuming, consider a bi-weekly or monthly schedule instead of a quarterly or semi-annual schedule.

Straight Pumping/Suction

For this service, the contractor pumps out the holding tanks (which are usually underground) and places all the muck into a tanker truck before hauling it away to a plant that will destroy it. If you so desire, you may also utilize a service that pumps out the contents of your grease traps and takes it to a biofuel company to purify it and recycle it. However, you may find this service to be a little more expensive than the regular removal and destruction service.

Skimming and Removal

Another service that acts like an in-between maintenance service rather than a full-blown cleaning is the skimming and removal service. During this service, the plumbing and pipes responsible for channeling wastewater and grease out of your restaurant are opened up outside. The tops of the grease traps inside these pipes collects the heavier oils and semi-solids which often begin to decay and ferment if not removed. The contractor skims the thickest parts of this mess off the tops of the traps in the pipes and then removes it to a facility where it can be properly destroyed. This service helps keep the pipes clear and unclogged, while also removing some of the stuff that could get into your underground holding tank and cause problems there. Skimming should be done much more frequently, perhaps a few times each week.

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