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Phoenix Grease Interceptor Cleaning

Grease Interceptor Cleaning Services in Phoenix

A grease interceptor is like a grease trap on steroids. Instead of a simple 50 to 250 gallon capacity to capture greasy cooking waste products, a grease interceptor can contain from 750 gallons to a whopping 5000 gallons! This is to capture the amount of waste created by large commercial food serving establishments so that it cannot reach the main sewage line. As an established grease trap cleaning company in Phoenix, we get a lot of questions regarding this important part of any food establishment’s business. Read on to know how grease interceptor cleaning is done.

A proper grease interceptor system must be tailored to the kitchen it serves. There are many variables to take into account, to make up the perfect system that can catch the standard of 85% of all waste products. An inferior designed and installed grease interceptor can only capture perhaps 30%, which is totally unacceptable within today’s standards. While it is quite possible to create the perfect 85% efficiency, you will also need to ensure that your grease interceptor cleaning service is up to par with their maintenance and service schedule, to keep it that way.

To meet the requirements of modern grease interceptors, hydro-jet cleaning technology has been adapted as the gold standard in effectively cleaning the internal chambers. Generally, a grease interceptor must be hydro-jet washed at least every 6 to 12 months. However, it’s much better to be too early in your cleaning schedule than it is to be too late. Failure to maintain your grease trap frequently enough may lead to the clogging of sewer lines, or even overflows. Here in Phoenix, violations such as these usually result in heavy fines, and the total cost of resolving this emergency will far exceed the cost of simply maintaining your system well in the first place. 

The complete pumping and cleaning process explained

While a grease trap consists mainly of a single chamber which traps all oils, greases and food solids, a grease interceptor is a bit more involved. It generally consists of several chambers, each complete with a covered man access port. While each chamber allows for the next suspension of waste particles to settle, it does present a unique problem related to maintenance and cleaning of grease interceptors. The grease, oil and food solid residues have a tendency to settle in the corners, sides and nooks and crannies, making them more difficult to remove. But that’s what we have prepared for at Phoenix Grease Interceptor Cleaning Services.

The art of cleaning out a grease interceptor involves various stages. The first stage is to successively pump out the layers of waste from the top to the bottom. As a matter of natural physics, the denser, heavier and stickiest residues will find their way to the bottom, and the lighter water on top of that. Before any of these dense, sticky layers can be removed, all the lighter fluids and wastes must first be pumped out. Then, the final layers at the bottom, corners and the sides can be blasted away with hydro-jet washing.

We know that the final step is the most crucial and important process involved through our experience at Phoenix Grease Interceptor Cleaning Services. Many of our low cost competitors are able to do the service cheaper than us because they eliminate the most difficult (yet most important) step in the cleaning process. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, so don’t work with a company that takes shortcuts. 

Keeping a tab on the waste level of your grease interceptor

Grease Trap Cleaning Phoenix – The actual volume of a grease interceptor can range from a relatively small 750 gallons, to a not-so-small 3000 or even a 4000 gallon capacity. In fact, some big fast food establishments actually require a massive 5000 gallon system. While your establishment may require only one of the lower capacity grease interceptors, the importance of keeping it properly serviced is just as great.

The waste products a grease interceptor captures are denser and heavier than the water carrier, so they naturally settle at the bottom, at each successive stage of chambers. It has been discovered that after the waste products in an interceptor tank has exceeded 30%, the danger of an overflow or spill increases greatly. So, the closer your system is to being empty, the safer you are from unexpected spills and overflows.

A simple system of monitoring the grease and solids levels in your Phoenix grease interceptor is done by compiling detailed manifests. It will take just a few full cycles of pumping and cleaning before you begin to see a pattern of elapsed time between cleanings, and actual waste levels. You will soon get a feel for when your system is getting close to comfortable limits. Since we have worked with so many clients and traps of all sizes, we will have a good idea of how often yours will need to be maintained after a thorough inspection and consultation.  Don’t wait any longer to get your grease trap questions answered by a professional, call us now! 



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