Food Grease Trappers has been servicing grease traps for Massachusetts and New Hampshire for over 20 years. While service is our primary line of work, we also like to consider ourselves as a total grease solutions company. We’ve encountered food grease problems of all kinds, and we’re happy to help you with yours!
A grease trap is made to collect anything that flows down the drains. Cities generally call this FOGS, or Fats, Oils, Greases, and Solids. Your local wastewater treatment plant hates FOGS, and for good reason. When FOGS escapes into the main sewer line, it hardens in the pipes. The hardened grease builds up over time, acting like a glue and collects stray solids. Because of restricted water flow due to excessive grease buildup, these waste water plants cannot operate at their peak capacities. Cleaning and fixing these pipes can prove VERY costly, and many times the burden will fall back on the business owner, or the property manager.
Food Grease Trappers can properly arm you with the knowledge you need to protect against FOGS. The best method for protecting your facility’s drain system against FOGS is through a regular servicing schedule with Food Grease Trappers. We can recommend a schedule that fits your needs, meets municipal requirements and offers the best protection for your business. We can also train your staff on best management practices (BMP) to help improve your waste disposal procedures.
What can you start doing to improve your FOGS using the Best Management Practices?
- Scrape plates and utensils for excessive grease and solids and put this in your compost receptacle before washing them.
- Grease should be disposed of in a properly marked container.
- Have a protocol for spills, including having a spill kit for such emergencies (many hardware and auto parts stores sell Oil Dri, a powerful oil absorbent).
- Be sure that your grease trap is in the best shape it can be. Grease traps should be free of holes, have intact baffles, a proper inlet and outlet, a securely fastened lid, and should be in accordance with local and state plumbing codes.
- Food Grease Trappers will maintain a manifest for your grease trap waste and the conditions of your trap, which will be left on site so that you or a food service inspector can see how often the trap is cleaned, and the amount of FOGS we remove. Preliminary warning can be your best defense against emergency situations.
- We only work in areas where we have proper permitting. Many cities will require you to follow procedures for having your grease trap serviced. We work closely with food service and grease trap inspectors to ensure that everyone is protected. If your current grease trap vendor is not permitted with your city health department, you could be held accountable for spills or other emergencies.
- Avoid using chemicals to treat smell or “disintegrate” grease within the trap. These rarely work and are strongly discouraged by waste water plants.
- New food service establishments should ensure that the grease trap is placed in a spot that is easily serviced, that promotes health and safety for all. Contact Food Grease Trappers and we will do a survey of your facility, offering the best advice for placement and installation.
We will recommend the best service for your facility, but ultimately it’s up to you and your staff to use Best Management Practices to help control your FOGS.
And of course, we offer a free consultation for new customers. Contact us today for yours!