Grease Trap Pumping Service near Birmingham AL
With the volume of waste grease produced by restaurants and foodservice kitchens, grease traps play an essential role in keeping drain lines from dishwashers, sinks and cooking equipment free of congealed grease, preventing blockages and backups. Grease traps only service kitchen wastewater, and can be made from a range of different materials such as stainless steel, heavy plastics, concrete or cast iron. Most commercial kitchens are required to be fitted with some type of grease trap device to collect the grease and prevent it from entering the sewer.
We offer complete professional service for the repair and maintenance of grease traps.
Grease traps are pumped using large hoses that collect grease and other blocked substances from the drain lines of a commercial kitchen. The traps must be pumped regularly in order to prevent harmful grease from entering the main sewer lines. The grease is then transported in large trucks to be treated in a safe way offsite.
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The price to clean a grease trap depends on a few variables:
- Size – It can cost as low as $150 to clean the smallest grease trap and as much as $1,000 for the largest.
- Maintenance plan – If on a regular maintenance plan, the price will be lower than it would on a one-off basis.
- Location – If the trap is far away from where the pump truck can park, or if the trap is in a basement or second floor, the cost may increase.
- Emergency – Emergency calls generally are more expensive.
On average, the price to clean an average-sized commercial grease trap on a regular basis ranges from $225 – $325. To get a more accurate quote or to learn about our maintenance plans, contact Pro Services online today!
The grease trap cleaning process is as follows:
- The grease and oil buildup collected by the trap is sucked out using large, powerful hoses.
- The sides of the trap are scraped to prevent future grease build up.
- The trap is power washed to make sure it is clean and free of grease.
- The line from the kitchen is hydro-jetted so that any grease build up is eliminated.
Contact Pro Services online today for more information on how we clean grease traps or to get on our maintenance service plan.
Why Grease Traps Require Regular Service
Grease traps are box-shaped plumbing devices within the drain line between kitchen sinks and the sewer system designed to catch waste greases and solids. They range in capacity from 10 gallons to 12,000 gallons or more and help minimize the amount of fats, oils and greases that enter the main sewers or septic system.
Small amounts of oils in waste water that enter septic tanks and treatment facilities are slowly broken down by microorganisms in the anaerobic digestion process. However, very large amounts of grease from restaurant kitchens can overwhelm the septic tank or treatment facility, causing clogs and backup of raw sewage.
Also, many fats and cooking greases solidify when cooled and can combine with other waste solids to form blockages in drain pipes. Grease is the primary cause of the estimated 400,000 sewer blockages and sewer overflows which occur in the U.S. annually, disrupting wastewater utility operations and increasing maintenance requirements.
There are two types of grease disposal: waste vegetable oil (yellow grease) and brown grease. Waste vegetable oil is the used oil collected from deep-fryers. Waste vegetable oil is typically collected for recycling or conversion into biodiesel fuels. Grease traps work to collect brown grease. Brown grease consists of spoiled food solids combined with fats, oils and grease. Brown grease is pumped out of the traps by grease pumping trucks and hauled to a waste management facility.
Call Pro Services
Avoid sewage backups and costly repair and clean up. Call Pro Services to pump your grease traps and ensure your drain lines remain clear.
Call Pro Services at (205) 966-9463 to schedule an inspection, pumping or regular maintenance of your facility’s grease traps. One call does it all!