Grease poses one of the biggest risks to your plumbing system and needs to be managed carefully. If you own a restaurant, you likely deal with a large quantity every day, and the best solution is installing a grease trap. This easy-to-use system handles proper disposal. With regular grease trap cleaning and maintenance, you can be confident no oils or fats lead to serious clogs.

Everything You Need to Know About Grease Traps

How They Work

grease trap cleaningA grease trap, or interceptor, is a tank system integrated into your plumbing system. When water containing grease, fats, and oils flows down the drain, it comes to a primary tank. There, grease cools in the water and separates and floats to the top of the tank. The remaining cooled water then enters a secondary tank where a vent system controls the flow of water. Any remaining grease or solids are then separated, and the clean water passes through a filter and into the sewer system.

General Maintenance

To get the most from your grease trap, you need to use it properly. Always install strainers on your sink drains to minimize the number of solids that are flushed. Also, never dump grease directly down the drain, as it can still create clogs. It should be stored in a metal container instead. A grease trap is only designed to remove grease and oils already mixed in with water. Check pipe connections for leaks and other signs of damage regularly, and look in the grease trap to ensure it’s working correctly.

Professional Care

Most states require restaurant owners to schedule monthly grease trap cleaning services. During this, a septic solutions company will empty accumulated grease. They’ll dispose of it safely and then clean your grease trap so it continues functioning optimally. It’s important to stick to a schedule so you don’t face fines and also get lasting use from your grease trap and septic system.



If you’re overdue for a grease trap cleaning, the professionals at Great Bear Septic can assist. They bring over 31 years of septic experience to their clients across New York’s Westchester, Putnam, and Southern Dutchess counties. They take an environmentally conscious approach to system maintenance. Owner and operator Michael Milo aims to build lasting relationships with his customers and takes every measure to ensure their satisfaction. Call (845) 621-0250 to schedule a septic inspection and visit their website to learn more about their grease trap cleaning services.