3 Reasons To Be Concerned About Grease Trap Service
In order to help save the environment and keep toxic substances out of sewer systems, all restaurants have a grease trap. Grease traps are under restaurants and work to filter out grease and oil from water that gets disposed inside a restaurant. Grease traps, like anything else, require proper maintenance for a number of reasons.
1. Many Places Have Laws That Require Grease Trap Maintenance
These days, many cities and states have laws that regulate grease trap service. Keeping up on regular grease trap service will prevent you from getting fined by the government. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, many places like Madison, WI have come up with ways to make sewage costs cheaper for restaurants that regularly maintain their grease traps.
2. Regular Grease Trap Service Will Prevent Sewage Back-Ups
If you don’t clean out your grease traps on a regular basis, grease can build up inside the trap. Sometimes, grease can build up to the point where the drain gets clogged and water will not flow through it. Recently, according to the Palm Beach Post, Lake Worth, Florida had a grease trap overflow and flood a large area of the city’s streets.
3. Pumping Out Grease Traps Regularly Will Make Them Last Longer
If grease accumulates inside a grease trap, it will eventually clog but it also wears down the metal inside the trap. If a grease trap is not pumped out periodically, the grease trap will wear out and need replacement much more quickly.
Hiring a company to pump out your grease trap will save your business a bunch of money in the long run. Go to the Kline Services website to get more information about grease trap services. To get estimates on grease trap pumping services contact us to speak with one of our experts.
What Grease Thickness Means for Your Grease Tank
Grease is bad for your plumbing. Food service establishments should have a grease trap, especially if they have a septic tank. Oil and grease in wastewater can cause major pipe clogs and, yes, can cause septic systems to fail, with major implications for human and animal health. A septic tank failure can close your establishment for an extended period of time.
What To Do
The ideal solution, of course, is a grease trap that collects the kitchen grease and prevents it from entering the septic system. However, grease traps must be emptied regularly or they will stop doing their job. Grease thickness is the best sign that a trap needs cleaning and should be checked at least once a month, depending on how active your kitchen is and what cooking methods you use. You can, of course, save money by educating your staff on grease reduction procedures such as dry wiping pots and pans before dishwashing and recycling waste cooking oil.
If you allow grease thickness to build up too much then it will become harder and harder to remove, so it is better to have your trap cleaned more often than less. Ultimately, the grease will harden and you will not be able to scoop it out of the trap as you are used to doing, the sinks will back up and an unpleasant odor will ensue, possibly scaring off your patrons. At this point, your grease trap must be vacuum cleaned by a professional.
Do you have hardened grease? If so, then contact Kline’s Services – we can bring out our vacuum gear and get your grease trap back to its normal functioning. Then talk to us about a maintenance contract to prevent it from happening again.
Before the Dripping Pipe Leads to Deluge
Our unfortunate and imaginary client in this scenario has just learned a tragic and expensive lesson in watching for signs of clogging pipes and the importance of routine preventative maintenance. While the average person’s mind would not necessarily deign to wander of serious sewer clogs from a small leak, our trained professionals would have known to consider that the dripping from the pipe could be indicative of pressure building up inside due to the pipe being closed by something internally invasive. Our professional drain cleaners can clear the lines while maintaining the structural integrity of the system. We will also run cameras through your drains to ensure that the line has not been compromised by any invasive foreign bodies.
So don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today, and save yourself the time and headaches that could be coming your way. Our friendly, professional staff will be there to assist you along the way with all you need and nothing you don’t.
Regulations on Grease Trap Servicing
If you own a grease-generating business, such as a fast-food restaurant or a grocery store, you need to have a grease trap installed. This is a box-shaped contraption that attaches to drains and captures fats, oils, and grease (FOG) so they don’t infiltrate the public water system. Once installed, a grease trap must be cleaned periodically in order to work. Different states have different rules on how often this should be done. Due to the complexity of a grease trap and its components, it takes a licensed professional to properly pump out the FOG and wastewater and clean out all the parts.
States have an obligation to protect their citizens so they may send inspectors to your business to check grease trap compliance. The inspector will measure the amount of FOG escaping into water outlets, and if it exceeds regulations, you will pay expensive penalties. You can also face substantial fines if your trap is the wrong size, was installed incorrectly, has not been pumped or is not operating correctly. Worst-case scenario, your business could be shut down. However, an even more tragic scenario would be contamination to the public water supply. Think about that the next time you ponder skipping your scheduled maintenance.
Stay Compliant with Kline’s
With decades of experience in waste management, Kline’s has installed, cleaned and maintained every type of grease interceptor for every kind of business. Our goal is to keep up with all liquid waste issues so you can avoid penalties and focus on running your business. Contact Us for all your grease trap needs or ask about any of our other waste management services.
Grease Regulations in Your Zip Code
Access to clean water should be a fundamental concern for everybody. When sewer lines become contaminated with fats, oil and grease (FOG), waste becomes a big problem for the entire community. Even with residential septic tanks, failure to maintain FOG compliance will prove to be hazardous to the public because contaminants can enter groundwater. Everyone suffers when careless individuals do not take necessary precautions to protect drinking water. This is why states must set forth grease regulations and enforce wastewater maintenance.
If you own a grease-generating business, you need to have a grease trap installed. These are box-shaped contraptions that attach to drains. When wastewater enters the trap, the FOG is captured inside through a separation process aided by baffles and filters. Due to the complexity of a grease interceptor, you will need to hire a licensed company to install it. This ensures it will work properly, and a licensed plumber will be able to recommend the correct size for your establishment. Once installed, it is your responsibility to maintain the cleanliness and efficiency of your trap. Again, this requires the help of a professional waste management company who will routinely pump out the built up FOG. You should check laws in your zip code to see how often you need to have this service performed.
States have an obligation to protect their citizens so they may send inspectors to your business to check compliance. The inspector will measure the amount of FOG escaping into water outlets, and if it exceeds regulations, you will pay expensive penalties. You can also face substantial fines if your trap is the wrong size, was installed incorrectly, has not been pumped or is not operating correctly. Worst-case scenario, your business could be shut down. However, an even more tragic scenario would be contamination to the public water supply. Think about that the next time you ponder skipping your scheduled maintenance.
Stay Compliant with Kline’s
With over 50 years of experience in waste management, Kline’s has installed, cleaned and maintained every type of grease interceptor for every kind of business. Our goal is to keep up with all liquid waste issues so you can avoid penalties and focus on running your business. Contact Us if you have questions about grease regulations in your area or to schedule any of our grease trap services.
How Our Team is Trained to Deal with Confined Spaces
The safety of our employees is a huge priority at Kline’s, and the subject of confined space entry (CSE) is taken very seriously. Our technicians are placed in potentially life-threatening scenarios, so it’s important that they be well-trained and prepared for working in these small environments.
In case you’re unfamiliar with CSE, OSHA defines confined space as an area that has one or more of the following characteristics:
- Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere
- Contains material that has the potential to engulf an entrant
- Has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant
- Contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress
To qualify as the entrant in a CSE job, a technician must:
- Be knowledgeable of space hazards, including information on the means of exposure such as inhalation or dermal absorption, signs of symptoms and consequences of the exposure
- Use personal protective equipment properly
- Maintain communication with team members as necessary to enable them to monitor his status
- Exit from the confined space as soon as possible when:
- Ordered by the authorized person
- He or she recognizes the warning signs or symptoms of exposure
- A prohibited condition exists
- An automatic alarm is activated
- Alert team members when a prohibited condition exists or when warning signs or symptoms of exposure exist.
Working in Tight Conditions
We encounter confined spaces when working in tanks, pump chambers, manholes, or indirect waste pits. To ensure the safety of all involved, we only allow technicians with CSE licenses to work on these types of jobs. Furthermore, we require more than one licensed technician skilled in CSE be present to work collaboratively in these risky situations. So that Kline’s can accommodate the needs of our large customer base, we staff our crew with plenty of technicians carrying CSE licenses. With our well-equipped workforce, we carry the experience and manpower needed to safely get any job done. To have us evaluate your CSE project, Contact Us.
The Strangest Things We’ve Found in Grease Traps
We see some crazy things in the septic business, and some of the strangest appear in grease traps. Your grease trap has the important job of preventing fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from clogging up your drain lines and septic system. However, it’s amazing that items other than FOG end up in there. I’m talking about hairnets, rubber gloves, Brillo pads, you name it! We have even pulled a knife out of a grease trap before!
When these things end up in your trap, it malfunctions and results in messy backups and foul odors. Therefore, it’s important to keep up with the maintenance of your trap to avoid these issues and to stay compliant with health regulations. A simple and effective way to keep foreign objects out of your grease trap is by putting strainers in your sink. Strainers are inexpensive, and they are great at stopping food or other solid materials from flowing down the drain and into your trap.
Keep the Strange Stuff Out
Even with strainers, you still need a professional to completely clean out your grease trap on a regular basis. Kline’s employs a thorough 14-point inspection process that includes completely removing and cleaning baffles and draining out the dirty water. Watch out for companies that merely skim the grease off the top and do nothing to ensure the rest of the trap is equipped to perform well. Contact Us if you’d like for our guys to evaluate your wastewater use and design a customized grease trap maintenance plan to maximize the productivity of your kitchen.
Why Regular Cleaning is the Only Way to Avoid Replacing Your Grease Trap
Businesses in the food service industry are required to install and maintain grease traps. Unfortunately, business owners are not always diligent about the maintenance part. We understand it is an expense and other priorities get in the way, but you may not realize it is actually a larger expense to neglect having it serviced. Here are some reasons why regular cleaning should be a priority.
This is one that will affect your bottom line, so you’ll want to pay attention to this one. When you fail to clean your grease trap, the common results are backups and foul odors. A busy kitchen cannot function without unobstructed water flow, and think of the customers you’d lose when they smell sewage odors coming from the kitchen. You’ll quickly learn that the cost of repairs is higher than the cost of preventative maintenance. Depending on the severity, you could also suffer serious downtime if you’re required to close your doors while repairs are made.
Prolong the Life of the Trap
Consistent maintenance extends the life of your equipment. When a machine is properly cared for, it doesn’t have to work as hard to perform efficiently. This means you won’t have to purchase a new one as often. Trust us when we tell you preventative maintenance is always more affordable than replacements.
The Environment Matters
The Board of Health has the right to shut your business down if you pose a hazard to the environment, the general public or your employees. A corrupted grease trap has the potential to be very dangerous to all of these. FOG (fats, oils, and grease) contaminates wastewater which enters groundwater or public drinking water, making it unsafe to drink. State and local regulations can also charge hefty fines when you violate laws regarding grease trap maintenance. Take responsibility for your business so no one has to suffer for your negligence.
Keep It Clean
By applying routine maintenance to your grease trap, you can avoid wastewater issues and help your trap live a long, healthy life. Kline’s employs 14-point inspection criteria when cleaning your grease trap so you can be sure the job is done thoroughly. We can also keep track of when your equipment is due for its next service, so you can focus on other aspects of your business. We know you’ll be less stressed knowing your septic system and grease trap are in good hands and not at risk of clogging or health violations. Contact Kline’s or Request Grease Trap Cleaning Service today.
May’s Messiest Drain Award
Imagine the surprise when an alarm was going off in a local grocery store, and no one could figure out where it was coming from. It wasn’t the security system or the smoke alarm, so the staff called us for help when they finally gave up trying to find the source. We sent one of our technicians right away to investigate.
He discovered the alarm was connected to their indirect waste pit which was almost full, so he called a crew to come and pump out the pit. While working, the guys noticed the outlet line was also clogged with heavy debris and needed to be cleaned out. This required the services of our confined space entry team who was able to safely enter the pit and use the jetter to clear the outlet pipe.
Thankfully, the Kline’s team is capable of performing a variety of services, so these three tasks could be handled quickly by a single company. The manager of the store was grateful for our expertise and ability to prevent a potential disaster. We’d love to do the same for you. To learn more about our wastewater services or to schedule an appointment, Contact Us.
How Long Do Ejector Pumps Last?
If your bathrooms are below your main sewer pipe, you may have sewage ejector pumps in your home or basement. These pumps move solid waste from your toilets and sinks to a point in your plumbing system where gravity can take over. This is achieved using powerful water jets that break up the waste and then force it up and into your septic tank or sewage system. A good sewage ejector pump should last at least 7-10 years. However, with proper installation and routine care, your pump can last 30 years or more.
A common reason people need to replace their sewage ejector pumps is due to faulty installation where plumbers cut corners or used the wrong sized pumps. However, the licensed technicians at Kline’s will determine the correct sewage ejector pump you’ll need and will install it right the first time. As far as maintenance goes, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind. First, make sure you throw trash in the trash. Things like feminine products should not be flushed down the toilet because these items harm your pump. Secondly, you need to conduct yearly professional maintenance where one of our guys comes and cleans out the junk you cannot reach deep down in your system. Don’t wait for emergency situations to arise, allow Kline’s to handle all things related to your ejector pumps. Contact Us or Request Service Now.