GREASE TRAP PUMPING IN HOUSTON
Houston Grease Trap Pumping
Grease Trap Pumping Services in Houston
Pumping out the contents of a grease trap may not be the only part of grease trap hygiene, but it is definitely the task that requires the most power. After all, disinfecting and sanitizing the tank requires it to be empty first!
By its very nature, the grease and fatty solids stored in your grease trap are dense and slow to move around. That should be reason enough to recruit a powerful engine for the task. However, if you want to perform this chore thoroughly and without creating a mess beneath your sink, then you will also need the services of a savvy operator.
Is it time to call for grease trap pumping?
According to Health Department regulations, grease traps and interceptor tanks need to be fully sanitized at least twice a year. This is, of course, the bare minimum – and as we mentioned before, the tank needs to be pumped empty before it can be cleaned.
Unless they have a very large interceptor, most businesses require more frequent pumping services. The consequences of a clog or a massive oil spill are too large to take the risk. For most food entrepreneurs, the main priority is to ensure this kind of emergency never happens. The exact frequency with which you’ll need your grease trap pumped will depend on:
- The size of the tank
- The complexity of the internal pipe and/or air valve systems
- The number of people you serve per day or week
- Your kitchen’s average grease production
As a good rule of thumb, the industry standard is to ensure the tank is pumped out as soon as it is filled to 25% of its total capacity.
What does grease trap pumping involve?
At its most basic level, the job is exactly as it sounds: we take a large, engine-powered pump and use moving air to ensure the tank is left completely empty. This is called a “dry pump” method; however, it is sometimes regarded as insufficient.
For Houston Grease Trap and Interceptor Services, no pumping gig is complete without a “pump and return.” This requires using water to separate the different types of FOGS inside the tank, and then filling it back with water immediately after emptying. This extra step requires the use of an additional machine, but it also offers significant advantages: it makes subsequent hydro-jet cleanings easier and will prevent the development of any unpleasant smells or plagues from the dry traces of grease left around the tank.
So, how do I get a quote?
No two grease traps are designed the same way!
The main aspect to consider is the size of the tank. Usually, pricing for pumping services is calculated per gallon, whether you are going for a simple dry pump or taking the pump-and-return route. In addition, we may need to take into account the building structure and ease of access that your tank and/or kitchen offers. Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to offer you a preemptive, no-strings-attached quote anywhere in Houston, TX.
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