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Grease Traps vs. Grease Interceptors

Grease traps and grease interceptors are grease collection systems that many establishments use. There are a few key things that differentiate the two systems. Here’s a look at some key similarities and differences.

Grease traps

Grease traps are typically small metal boxes located inside of the business they are used for. They help remove greases and solids from wastewater before it enters the wastewater disposal system. Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) that are commonly disposed of in food-producing businesses can build up in wastewater treatment facilities and septic tanks. When unaddressed, this can overwhelm infrastructure and lead to the release of untreated sewage. These oils can also cool and solidify, combining with other solids in the waste system to block pipes. Grease traps help prevent all of this from the getgo by removing FOG before they enter the system. 

Since grease traps are small, several are often used in larger establishments, one per sink. Liquids from sinks flow into the traps, and solids that are more dense than water drop to the bottom while greases (less dense than water) float to the top. The remaining water, which is mostly grease free, is then piped into the waste system. Businesses typically service grease traps on a monthly basis. Health code regulations specify cleaning schedules and procedures. 

Grease interceptors

Grease interceptors perform the same function as grease traps. However, they are much larger, with a single interceptor serving an entire establishment. Given the size of the interceptors, they are often located outside of a business and accessed through a maintenance hole cover. 

The function and mechanics of grease interceptors are similar to those of grease traps. Dirty water from a business flows into a large container that separates out solids and grease. Interceptors do this with a series of retention reservoirs and baffles (walls). They then pipe cleaned water into the waste system. Given their large size, grease interceptors are usually cleaned once every two or three months. 

Cleaning Grease Traps and Interceptors

Both the floating FOGs and the solids at the bottom of the grease traps and interceptors must be regularly disposed of. Professionals like Moon Grease Trap Cleaning can thoroughly pump out, clean and dispose of all grease, wastewater, and solid material from your grease trap system. Plus, they can help keep track of your maintenance schedule and adherence to regulations. 

It’s important to regularly schedule cleaning for both types systems. For one, properly functioning systems prevent a negative environmental impact from sewage overflow or blockage. Plus, it can save time and money by preventing a backed up system that can shut down business. Professionals can also make recommendations about cleaning commercial kitchens to mitigate the impact of FOGs on your grease trap or interceptor system and the environment. 

Schedule your next grease service by contacting Moon Grease Trap Cleaning at 502-453-0154. We are happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

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10 Things to Look For in a Grease Trap Cleaner

10 Things to Look For in a Grease Trap Cleaner

If you’re new to grease trap cleaning, the process of maintaining your business’s grease traps can seem overwhelming and complex. However, by hiring a professional to do the job, you can rest assured that your business will remain up and running. Here are 10 things to look for in a grease trap cleaner:

1. Specializes in Removing Grease.

As a grease trap cleaner, Moon Grease Trap Cleaning is comprised of experienced and professional experts. Our technicians are trained to thoroughly remove, clean and dispose of all grease, wastewater, fats and oils from your system.

2. Knowledgeable about Industry Standards.

For any business that prepares food, it is mandatory by law to have a grease trap installed and cleaned regularly. As a Kentucky Restaurant Association Member, Moon Grease Trap Cleaning stays up to date with the latest regulations and always follows the industry’s best practices when servicing grease traps.

3. Maintains Records on Your Behalf.

We know what it’s like to run a business. When you hire Moon Grease Trap Cleaning, we’ll keep every record of a grease trap cleaning on file so you don’t have to.

4. MSD Certified.

We work directly with the Metropolitan Sewer District so you can rest assured that your business is compliant with local, state and federal laws.

5. Provides Annual Service.

Moon Grease Trap Cleaning schedules routine grease trap cleanings so your business regularly meets area regulations.

6. Can Clean on an As Needed Basis.

Some businesses require more servicing than others. If the scale of the operation requires it, Moon Grease Trap Cleaning can provide service on an as needed basis to help prolong the life of your equipment and prevent costly repairs.

7. Locally Owned & Operated.

Moon Grease Trap Cleaning is owned and operated right here in Louisville, Kentucky. We visit and enjoy area businesses ourselves and understand the importance of maintaining sanitary conditions. As a result, you can always count on Moon for timely and friendly customer service.  

8. Offers Grease Interceptor Cleaning.  

In addition to traditional grease trap cleaning, Moon also offers grease interceptor cleaning. Similar to that of a grease trap, interceptors are commonly located outside of the building and may need to be serviced as much as every 2 to 3 months.

9. No Service Request is Too Big or Small.

Whether you are a large restaurant chain, a single location restaurant, or food preparation site, no service request is too big or too small for Moon Grease Trap Cleaning.

10. Eco-Friendly.

At Moon Grease Trap Cleaning, we make every effort to operate in an environmentally conscious manner. Any non recyclable material is always safely disposed of for public health and environmental reasons.

Schedule your next grease service by contacting Moon Grease Trap Cleaning at 502-453-0154. We are happy to answer any and all questions you may have.