Grease traps are mechanical elements of a building’s sanitary sewer system, designed to capture heavy grease and oils from the wastewater stream that flows from the establishment. They prevent these substances from entering and ultimately clogging the municipal collection system. Restaurants, hotels and other food service companies will have and need to maintain at least one grease trap in their systems.
Most commercial kitchens have grease traps that vary in size from 500-10,000 gallon capacity and are located underground, outside the kitchen. Smaller grease traps, usually 25-100 gallons in size, are located inside the kitchen. They’re commonly located under the kitchen sink or in the floor, with an access cover.
Inside a grease trap, grease within the water flow is captured and as it cools, it separates from the water. Smaller grease particles float to the top of the tank, while heavier solids sink to the bottom. Sanitary T-baffles installed near the trap help this process.
As you might imagine, grease builds up over time and regular maintenance of the trap is required for the system to function properly. If grease trap maintenance is neglected, the grease can solidify in the lines. This will ultimately back up the system, causing grease to overflow the top of the tank and run directly into the sewer line. Results?
Don’t neglect your grease trap maintenance when it’s so easy to keep it clean and running well. We specialize in this service, and understand your need to remain online and profitable. We’re happy to design preventive maintenance plans tailored to your specific needs, and perform any necessary minor repairs before they become big problems. Best of all, we can perform the needed services with one call, on a schedule that works for you and your budget. Our technicians provide 24/7 service to avoid disruption of your operation, so there’s no need to wait until your grease trap becomes a problem.
Call today to get your grease traps on a regular maintenance schedule that will save you time, grief and dollars. Don’t forget to ask about our multiple-site discounts!
APS Environmental, Inc. services a wide range of car washes in the Northern California and Nevada regions. We specialize in servicing complete underground water collection systems such as
With newly implemented environmental regulations concerning runoff and more being considered all the time, it’s imperative that you take proper measures toward the maintenance of your car wash.
Sand/oil separators are designed to prevent mud, sand, oil, and debris from flowing into the storm sewer, polluting our clean waterways. Lack of proper, timely maintenance allows debris to build up in the tank and lines. This creates a backup, causing costly downtime losses and – worse yet – overflow that will get you cited for environmental infractions.
Foreign matter in water reclamation systems can produce a foul odor if not pumped out periodically. Because these systems are underground, the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality often takes over. But in the long run, not pumping can really cost you.
Most counties perform annual inspections to ensure proper measures are taken to comply with regulations. You may know when inspectors will arrive, but what if they show up unannounced, and that telltale odor is wafting up from your reclamation tank?
Our experienced professionals will help design a plan that best fits your needs, from CCTV video inspections, pumping and pressure-washing, to hydro-jetting and minor repairs. We’ll even clean your onsite stormwater collection systems while we’re there.