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Miami Grease Trap Pumping

Do I Have A Grease Trap?

All businesses, institutions and non-residential facilities in Miami-Dade County that use cooking oils are required to have grease traps. Grease traps help to prevent grease from clogging sewer lines.

What are Grease Traps?

Grease traps are devices used to remove used grease from a food service establishment's wastewater. The wastewater flows through it and the spent grease is "trapped." Because grease floats on top of water, over time the grease will fill the trap and displace water. The grease-free water will be sent into the sewer from the bottom of the grease trap. Once a significant amount of grease has been trapped, the trap must be cleaned out.

How Often Must a Grease Trap be Cleaned?

The frequency of cleaning depends on the size of the unit; smaller grease traps may need emptying every month, larger ones may need to be emptied once every three months. Generally speaking, it is a good idea to clean out a grease trap once it has reached 25 percent of its depth with collected grease.

The depth of the grease can be difficult to measure so it is not always easy to tell when the trap needs to be cleaned. The difficulty of measuring the depth is one of the reasons that a business should have a schedule for cleaning; this helps to prevent the problems that come when traps are full. A licensed grease trap cleaning service should be able to help with a schedule for maintenance.

How are Grease Traps Cleaned?

A professional grease trap cleaning service with a special pump truck will pump large grease traps and smaller indoor grease traps. It is also important that the grease trap be inspected with each cleaning. The grease trap cleaning contractor can provide this service. If a grease trap has been neglected it may need to be pressure washed to break up solid soap like grease. The plumbing lines going in and out of the grease trap should be jet cleaned often to prevent grease blockages.

Why Grease Traps Need to be Cleaned

Grease traps that are full to capacity can cause a number of problems, they include:

  • Sending grease into the sewer lines due to the grease trap no longer being able to effectively separate grease and water.
  • Clogs and slow draining of sinks caused by grease in the sewer lines; these problems can cause a kitchen to slow down and a slow kitchen can be fatal for a business that depends on fast turnaround times.
  • Strong and unpleasant smells, which may come back up through the pipes into the kitchen. Obviously, bad smells emanating from the kitchen can destroy a restaurant’s reputation.
  • A business or institution may be liable to the municipality for the sewer line clogs caused by their full grease trap.

The reason municipalities make grease traps mandatory is to prevent the above problems. We provide the grease trap cleaning Miami businesses and institutions need. We can provide both emergency grease trap pumping as well as scheduled maintenance. We have the experience and the skills to take care of any job.

Miami Grease Trap Facts

Pumping Frequency

Grease traps over 750 gallons depending on usage pump every 3 months.

Small grease traps usually found indoors should be pumped every 2 weeks to every 2 months.

Line Cleaning frequency

Inlet lines and outlet lines should be jet cleaned at least every 6 months depending on usage.

Grease Trap Services:

  • Grease Trap Pumping
  • Grease Trap Pressure Cleaning
  • Indoor Grease Trap Pumping
  • Water Jetting
  • Floor Drain Cleaning
  • Camera Inspections
  • Solid Grease Removal