Cleaning your grease trap is very important to success of your restaurant. To ensure safety and health measures are met, there are even laws in place that ensure grease traps are cleaned in accordance with healthy food establishments. When choosing a grease trap cleaning company, make sure you do your research and hire a septic services provider that will do a thorough cleaning and not just skim the grease off the top. AAMerican septic does a thorough inspection and will drain gray water, scrub down walls of the trap, clean the baffles and measure the grease thickness as well as provide you with appropriate documentation for local authorities. I’m sure you’re wondering “how often should we get our restaurants grease trap cleaned?”.
4 Answers of how often to get your restaurant’s grease trap cleaned?
Technically: Your grease trap needs to be cleaned/pumped whenever 1/4 of its contents are made up of fat, oil and grease. Once these particles go higher than 25% of its contents you will start impeding water flow. This results in foul odors and backups that decrease production for a busy restaurant kitchen.
Legally: The laws are different for every city or state. Local regulation set mandated amounts of time for grease trap cleaning to take place. Some cities may enforce cleaning every quarter others may enforce monthly. Arizona restaurants must clean grease trap every 30 days and states which services need to be performed.
Arizona Law For Grease Trap Cleaning/Pumping: “It is recommended that all grease traps be fully pumped at least on a 30-day cycle. Some may require more frequent cleaning. No partial pumping shall be allowed. The sides, bottom, and baffles shall be scraped to remove all solids. After cleaning, the trap shall be filled with fresh water only provided by normal facility discharge from permanently installed fixtures. The use of water hoses to fill the trap may create a backflow hazard if at any time the hose is allowed to be placed below the flood plain of the trap. Contents removed from the interceptor shall be hauled and disposed of off-site in accordance with all City, County, State, and Federal regulations that may apply”
Professionally: Our grease trap professionals recommend to service your grease trap once the FOG levels are above 25% which will keep you within local regulations in Arizona. This is the best possible way to prevent emergencies from interrupting your business. Typically a thorough cleaning every 90 days works but you should learn your cities regulations before doing so.
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