GREASE TRAP PROGRAM

Grease interceptor (GI) maintenance, which is usually performed by permitted haulers or recyclers, consists of removing the entire volume (liquids and solids) from the GI and properly disposing of the material in accordance with all Federal, State, and/or local laws. When performed properly and at the appropriate frequency, grease interceptor and trap maintenance can greatly reduce the discharge of fats, oil, and grease (FOG) into the wastewater collection system.

The required maintenance frequency for grease interceptors and traps depends greatly on the amount of FOG a facility generates as well as any best management practices (BMPs) that the establishment implements to reduce the FOG discharged into its sanitary sewer system. In many cases, an establishment that implements BMPs will realize financial benefit through a reduction in their required grease interceptor and trap maintenance frequency.

WARNING! Do not use hot water, acids, caustics, solvents, or emulsifying agents when cleaning grease traps and interceptors.

 

GREASE TRAP MAINTENANCE
A proper maintenance procedure for a grease trap is outlined below:

Step
Action
1.
FCS will show up at a pre-determined time to provide no interuptions to your daily operating.
2.
Remove baffles if possible and clean.
3.
Pump out and remove all grease from interceptor.
4.
Scrape the sides, the lid, and the baffles with a putty knife to remove all grease.
5.
Call for an inspection by a representative if possible.
6.
Replace the baffle and the lid.
7.
Record the volume of grease removed on invoice for proof of pumping service.


GREASE INTERCEPTOR MAINTENANCE

Grease interceptors, due to their size, will usually be cleaned by grease haulers or recyclers. Licensed septic haulers can also pump out grease interceptors and haul the waste to the treatment plant. That hauler must notify the municipality when hauling grease.

A proper maintenance procedure for a grease interceptor is outlined below:

NOTE: Since the establishment is liable for the condition of their pretreatment devices, the establishment owners/representatives should witness all cleaning/maintenance activities to verify that the interceptor is being fully cleaned and properly maintained.

Step
Action
1.
FCS will show up at a pre-determined time to provide no interuptions to your daily operating.
2.
Remove the lid and pump out all water in the trap or interceptor to facilitate cleaning.
3.
Pump out the settled solids and then the remaining liquids.
4.
Scrape the sides, the lid, and the baffles with a putty knife to remove as much of the grease as possible.
5.
Call for an inspection of trap by a representative (from establishment if possible).
6.
The trap will be left totally empty.
7.
Record the volume of grease removed and manifest the load.