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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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Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Grease Trap Cleaning Service

As a grease trap cleaning service with many years of experience working with restaurants and food establishments across the Louisville, Kentucky and Lexington, Kentucky region, we sometimes get asked what the benefits of hiring our services are as opposed to handling grease disposal in house.

While some businesses may opt to handle grease trap cleaning in-house, there are many benefits to hiring a company like Moon.  Follow along to learn more about the benefits of hiring a professional grease trap cleaning service to take care of your needs.

7 Benefits of Hiring A Professional To Clean Your Grease Traps

 

Let Someone Else Handle The Mess.

As you might expect, handling Fats, Oils and Grease aka “FOG” can be very messy. Fortunately we have many years of experience handling every grease trap cleaning scenario. Despite that, the job is messy and there is little way to avoid getting dirty while getting it done right.

Let Someone Else Handle The Stink.

Cleaning out grease traps is not only a messy job, but it is a smelly one too. Our grease trap cleaning pros know how to do everything possible to minimize odors during the cleaning process. They can also provide helpful tips to further assist with this in your normal operational day-to-day.

Use The Right Equipment.

Moon Grease Trap Cleaning has invested thousands of dollars in the best equipment for the job. This includes the top of the line provac machines made by Conde that we use to suction out the grease from your grease traps as well as the huge holding tanks we have on our vehicles to transport the grease for processing.

Get The Job Done At A Convenient Day & Time.

The Moon Grease Trap Cleaning team services companies at all hours of the day. Many of our customers prefer early morning appointments before customers are on the premises. Regardless of time of day, we can work to meet your schedule. This frees you up to do all the other jobs that need to get done to keep your business running effectively.

Make Sure Your Equipment Is In Good Shape.

We have seen thousands of grease traps over the years. With this experience, it is easy for us to tell if your grease trap has any potential problems. During our grease trap cleaning services, we are also inspecting your machine. You will be the first to get alerted if there are any damaged parts that need replacing.

Stay Compliant.

Grease trap cleaning is required for restaurants and food establishments in the Louisville and Lexington Kentucky region. Our experienced grease trap cleaning professionals make sure your grease trap practices are compliant with any regulations. This includes handling all required paperwork and appropriate disposal of the wastes. This saves you time and gives you peace of mind so that you can focus on other aspects of your job.

Get Grease Trap Advice From The Pros.

There are many different types of grease traps ranging greatly in size and materials. With our experience serving so many, our technicians can provide excellent grease trap related grease. This spans the gamut from helpful tips on simple things you can do to reduce the smell accumulating in your grease traps, to the best types of grease trap designs for your specific needs.

Moon Grease Trap Cleaning has been servicing restaurants and food establishments throughout the Louisville Kentucky and Lexington Kentucky area for many years. Our grease trap cleaning technicians service restaurants and food establishments of every size ranging from large national chains to one location businesses.

For additional information including a free quote, give us a call today at 502-776-2199.  We service grease traps throughout Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

 

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8 Tips Every Restaurant Should Follow For Cleaner Grease Traps

8 Tips Every Restaurant Should Follow For Cleaner Grease Traps

Regardless of the types of food and drink a restaurant offers, grease is an inevitable challenge.  Some restaurants have to deal with a lot of grease, while others manage lessor amounts.  Estimates from the National Restaurant Association (NRA) project that restaurants generate upwards of 5 billion pounds of grease a year. Knowing how to effectively handle grease to prevent problems is a very important task for every food establishment.

Every restaurant and food establishment can do certain things to help reduce the amount of fats, oils and grease that go down the drain. This is important since taking precautionary measures when dealing with grease saves restaurants time, money and hassles.

As an experienced grease trap cleaning company with many years of experience, here are our tips for cleaner grease traps!

1. Make sure your employees are informed.

Not everyone knows about the best practices to cut down on the amount of FOG that gets put down the drain. Train your staff so that they understand the problems that can happen when too much grease ends up into the sewer system. Not only can this lead to clogged pipes and the obvious problems that result from that, but this can also lead to code violations resulting in citations and fines.

2. Use the garbage disposal sparingly.

While garbage disposals are beneficial in that they can help you avoid clogged sinks, they are not meant to grind up and process large amounts of food scraps. Encourage your team to avoid using the dishwasher to manage food scraps, and use the garbage instead, or even composter.

3. Use signage.

Even people that know the rules sometimes need reminders. It is beneficial to have signage near every sink and dishwasher in your kitchen area reminding people not to put grease in the drain.

4. Train your dishwashers.

While running a commercial dishwasher may seem self-evident, it is not. Make sure to train your dishwashers on best practices. This includes wiping out any grease from pots and pans before washing. Getting rid of grease in garbage bags or even through recycling is a much more efficient approach than having your grease interceptor pumped out constantly.

5. Stay on a schedule for grease interceptor cleaning.

Even if you are following all the best practices, you still need to make sure your grease interceptors stay clean. Getting on an organized schedule is the best way to do this.

6. Schedule more regular grease interceptor cleanings if you process more grease.

The regularity of your cleanings should align with the amount of grease your food establishment processes. If you deal with a lot of grease, regular cleanings are a necessity. The frequency of your grease trap cleanings are based on things like the types of food you make, your cooking methods, the techniques you use for cleaning, whether you are sit down restaurant or carry-out only. Keep in mind that if you do not clean your grease interceptors on a regular basis, this can cause some very bad smells and lead to many other problems, too.

7. Keep detailed records of every cleaning.

Write down the grease level each time you have your interceptor cleaned and keep a log so you can see patterns and be aware if anything significant changes. Keep track of the date and time of the cleaning and the person who did your cleaning. You may want to track other things too including having an employee signature of the person from your establishment who handled the cleaning.

8. Hire a reputable grease interceptor cleaning company and be aware of what they are doing.

While this may seem obvious, not every plumbing company is as skilled at handling grease trap cleaning. Make sure you choose a company that has a lot of experience and the right equipment to take on this task. In addition to thorough grease trap cleaning, you should also make sure you receive routine maintenance services. Are your baffles in place and positioned properly? Do the covers fit securely on your grease interceptors so there is no leaking? If you have an in-ground grease interceptor, it needs to be examined regularly to make sure it is not leaking.

If you are looking for experienced grease trap cleaning in Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana, contact Moon Grease Trap Cleaning. Our dedicated team has many years of experience handling grease trap cleaning for restaurants and food establishments of every size. We’re MSD certified and have certification experts on staff. Our eco-friendly approach helps the environment while also saving you time and money. Contact us today at 502-776-2199 for a free estimate or more information.