Whether you own a commercial business or home in Northern Colorado, if you have a grease trap, it needs to be cleaned. Our technicians at NoCo Septic understand the purpose of grease traps and how to best maintain them.
What is a grease trap?
A grease trap, also commonly known as grease interceptor, is a plumbing device that intercepts grease and solid waste before entering your wastewater system. While your septic system is made to hold a certain amount of grease and waste, a trap helps preserve the functionality of your system and protect local waterways. To catch the grease, the trap works in a series of “baffles” that are made to separate the grease away from the water.
When should you have your grease trap cleaned?
Depending on use, you should generally get your grease traps cleaned every few months. If you are operating an especially busy business, getting your traps pumped more frequently may be beneficial. Another good way to tell if it is time to call a professional at NoCo Septic is if a quarter of its contents has filled with fats, oils, grease, or solids. If you are unsure if your trap needs to be pumped, then contact our team and we will come take a look for you.
How grease trap pumping works
Once the grease buildup becomes too thick, it is time to get it pumped or cleaned. At NoCo Septic, we are skilled in providing quality cleaning services and will restore your grease trap, so it is working like new.
Here is how the process works:
- One of our technicians will be dispatched to your property with a large holding truck.
- We will locate your grease trap and bring hoses attached to the truck inside.
- Our technician will begin the pumping process where we will empty the trap’s contents into our truck’s holding tank.
- You’re grease trap will be emptied and ready for use
What happens when you skip cleaning appointments?
It may be easy to put off getting your grease trap cleaned, but there are some serious consequences that can occur when it becomes too full.
- Foul smells – a grease trap holds a lot of rotting matter that will smell overtime. While these traps are often outside, the foul smell will build up and can make its way through the pipes and into your property.
- Damage to your tank – sulfuric acid that is created as a result of food breaking down can be especially toxic to the walls of your tank.
- Clogs – if your grease trap is not cleaned regularly, you risk impeding the flow of water throughout your drains.
- Makes cleaning more difficult – skipping cleaning appointments means that materials will solidify and become harder to clean
If you need to get your grease trap cleaned or simply want to learn more about our grease trap services, a NoCo professional is standing by to help. Call us today to learn more about our process or to schedule an appointment.