Grease trap cleaning across Hampshire, Surrey, London and The South Coast. Alton Pump Services provide commercial grease trap and interceptor cleaning to prevent drain blockages and grease build up by cleaning out and safely disposing of the waste. Grease traps back up because they either need to be cleaned or because of an outlet blockage. Our team service grease traps that are used by commercial kitchens, pubs, hotels, restaurants, hotels, takeaways and fast food outlets that work with fats, oils and grease (FOG).
Grease Trap Cleaning Service
Disposal Of Fats, Oils And Grease
Responsible disposal of FOG will prevent the issue of drain blockages, and avoid breaching section 111 of the water industry act 1991.
Who Needs A Grease Trap?
- Fat Food Outlets
- Coffee Shops
What Are Grease Traps?
Grease traps, are also known as interceptors, converters, catchers, grease recovery / management devices or FOG traps. A grease trap is a tank processing system into which kitchen wastewater containing FOG flows through before entering a drainage system. Most commercial kitchens require a grease trap in order to prevent drain blockages. Grease traps manage the fats, oils, and greases that are produced during cooking, baking, frying or dish washing operations.
When wastewater enters a grease trap, the water flow is slowed down, separating into solids on the bottom layer, wastewater in the middle, and FOG on the top. As animal fats and vegetable oils are 10-15% less dense than water, they float to the surface – grease traps are designed to intercept the FOG on the surface. The frequency of grease trap cleanings vary depends on the level of FOGs produced. Cleaning should be performed approximately every one to three months. If your grease trap becomes full, grease will begin flow out of the primary compartment into the secondary one, so must be regularly cleaned in order to operate efficiently. Alton Pump Services provide pre planned or emergency grease trap cleaning services to commercial and institutional kitchens throughout The South.
Grease traps or interceptors come different sizes. The smaller variations are designed for indoor connection direct to sinks and other fixtures (usually with a total flow less than 50-100 gpm), and larger ones designed to service large kitchens, which are installed outdoors and underground.
How Do I Know If My Grease Trap Needs Cleaning?
- Foul odours – when your grease trap is full, the build up of sludge and FOG will develop into nasty odours which will emanate into your kitchen.
- Slow drainage – an accumulation of FOG in your system can result in fats solidifying on the walls of your pipework and trap, which in turn will slow the water flow.
- Overflowing drains – if full, your grease trap will no longer be able to operate effectively resulting in the drains backing up and overflowing.
If you can’t remember the last time your grease trap was professionally cleaned, or if it’s been more than three months since your last service, call our drainage team on 01420 561661. We can arrange pre planned or emergency cleaning services.
How To Avoid Grease Build Up In Commercial Kitchens
- Do not pour fats, oils or grease into the drain.
- Pour excess FOG in a container to be disposed of by registered waste collection.
- Scrape and wipe dishes with a paper towel to remove excess fats before washing.
- Use sink strainers to catch food waste that you can remove manually.
- Install a grease trap or interceptor.