Grease is a problem. Not only can it lead to clogged arteries, but it can also lead to clogged sewage lines as well. Grease buildup in plumbing systems leads to an abundance of issues ranging from damages to property, loss of income due to kitchen shutdown and problems for city wastewater treatment facilities and sewer lines.

According the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), grease is the number one cause of sewer blockages. To ensure that grease buildup related problems don’t occur, grease traps are set up.

What a Grease Trap Does

A grease trap is essentially a container-like device that allows for the separation of fats, oils and grease (FOG), as well as other particles such as sediment, hair and food solids from liquid waste.

Typically grease traps are found in food service establishments. Their purpose is to contain grease from dishwashers, sinks, etc. from entering the sewer lines. Grease traps are comprised of two separate compartments, called the primary and the secondary tanks. A crossover pipe connects the two together. This device allows for the parting of grease from the liquid waste.

How a Grease Trap Works

All of the collected liquid waste is transferred into the primary tank of the grease trap. There, the FOGs begin to separate from the water. Since they are less dense than the water, they float to the top.

The liquid waste from the primary tank is then deposited into the secondary tank, leaving behind the FOGs that were displaced. In the secondary tank, the liquid waste is given another opportunity to separate from any remaining particles. The liquid waste then leaves behind those FOGs and is transported through a pipe, sending it into the city sewer

Grease Trap Maintenance and Services

Though the FOGs leave the liquid waste naturally, removing them from the grease trap itself takes a little bit more work. Overtime, the grease will begin to build up in the pipes and on the walls of the tanks, requiring the device to be cleaned and serviced regularly.

Signs that your grease trap needs to be cleaned include rank odors and/or the discovery of grease blockages. Grease trap pumping is a method used to remove the waste.

Front Range Septic offers this service. We can pump and clean your grease interceptor, removing the solids and disposing of them in a licensed facility. We are licensed and bonded with the State of Colorado for Waste Grease Disposal. We will provide the State of Colorado required documents for your records.

We want to work with our clients to provide a regular maintenance schedule that fits the need of their business based on usage and volume. We can help identify how often to service the grease trap and help prevent costly kitchen shutdowns due to full grease interceptor. In addition, certain counties require regular maintenance and will send out notification of violations requiring service. We can help prevent this from occurring.

Our grease trap services are reliable and affordable. Contact us today if you’re located in Northern Colorado and in need of grease trap pumping services.