Grease Trap Service

Grease Trap Cleaning and Pumping

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Highly-trained technicians use 3,000 psi of water to clean the interior of the trap after evacuation.
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Grease traps are maintained on a routine cycle within specified service windows.
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We maintain paperwork and relationships with local enforcement personnel concerning trap ordinances.
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24/7 response time for customers on a service cycle.

You Call. Southwaste Responds.

When an emergency happens, you can’t afford to wait. Every second translates into lost customers and revenue. Response time is what separates Southwaste from our competitors, and our round-the-clock emergency response is second to none. When you experience issues with your grease trap, our team gets to work resolving the problem so your business can stay open.


We also take compliance very seriously as failure to do so could lead to disruptions in operations until the issue is resolved. Establishing and maintaining key relationships with compliance professionals within each operational location provides our customers with peace of mind knowing they will always stay in compliance.


Included in our routine grease trap service package, our highly trained, seasoned technicians are properly equipped to clean interior traps using 3,000 psi water after the trap has been emptied. Southwaste’s attentive dispatchers and experienced technicians maintain your traps by keeping your business on a consistent cycle. Our maintenance of customer records is a lifesaver in the event that your original paperwork is misplaced, keeping you from experiencing any compliance issues.

The ability to problem-solve quickly and effectively separates the average grease trap service companies from the great ones. Plus, we service more than just grease traps! Most grease trap problems are really plumbing problems in disguise. As a full-service provider, Southwaste has experienced plumbers and vacuum truck drivers on staff to take care of a multitude of problems if they should arise. No matter how big or small, Southwaste is the one to call.


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This is a grease trap that has been pumped out but not cleaned. Notice the ring of dried grease built up around the trap. If not cleaned properly, this ring will get larger and harder.


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This is the trap that has been pumped AND cleaned with a 3,000 psi sprayer. After a grease trap service including cleaning the trap looks almost brand new.

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How Often Should I Schedule Grease Trap Service?

The cycle you should service your trap depends on several factors:

  • 1) the size of the trap
  • 2) what you are putting into the trap
  • 3) local ordinances/regulations and enforcement


Generally, municipalities with pumping ordinances will require a cycle of at least every 90 days. We have customers who opt not to follow those regulations, but they usually find that Johnny Law eventually catches on to them.


Traps generally fall into two categories: small traps and large traps. Small traps are usually located in the kitchen and are 50 gallons or less. Large traps, which are a thousand gallons or more, are typically located outside of the restaurant. Depending on how much waste is put into the trap, 50-gallon traps generally need to be cleaned more than every 90 days.


Most restaurant operators don’t realize that the number one source of grease for their restaurant is the dishwasher. A best practice is to scrape the food and grease off of plates, cookware, and utensils prior to washing in the dishwasher. This can reduce the amount of grease the grease trap catches, sometimes significantly. Restaurants with smaller traps might find that they can go longer between cleanings by changing these kitchen practices.


Types Of Grease Traps


If you have a smaller trap, you might get a feel for how often a trap needs cleaning based on your history with the trap. Generally, after it gets too much grease in it, it will either start to stink or the sinks will start to drain more slowly, especially if you dump multiple compartments at once. If you are having problems, try adjusting your service cycle to occur before problems arise, which will cut down on kitchen emergencies.


Larger traps are designed to go at least 90 days between services. That said, you might need to go more frequently than 90 days if your trap sees significant amounts of grease or food solids. As mentioned above, this varies by kitchen practices and the kind of food that is prepared. For example, a sandwich shop that does not serve its food on plates will accumulate a lot less grease than most Mexican food restaurants.


Ready to get started? Give us a call and our account managers will set you up with service and determine a cycle that is best suited to your establishment.

How a Grease Trap Works

Watch this animation below to see why it’s important to service your grease trap and your kitchen plumbing.

Animation of How a grease trap works

Give us a call, and our team will set you up with grease trap services that help you stay open and in compliance with all applicable regulations.

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