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Grease Trap Cleaning Services

American Grease and Septic cleans and maintains grease traps for restaurants and food service businesses in the industry. Restaurants and food establishments must have a grease trap.

The purpose of the grease trap is to separate fats, oils, grease, and solids from the water leaving the building. The water then is returned to the city wastewater and sewer lines. If you don't clean your grease trap and dispose of fats, oils, and grease correctly, you could face costly fines. It can also cause unpleasant odors, blockages, and potentially force your business to close.

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Expert Grease Trap Services: Professional, Reliable & Fully Compliant

American Grease and Septic provides top-notch grease trap cleaning services. These services can assist you in meeting regulations and ensuring that your grease lines function properly.

Compliance with regulations is important for maintaining a safe and efficient kitchen environment. Keeping your grease lines in good working condition is essential for preventing clogs and backups. Our services are hassle free so you can focus on what is most important – your customer.

  • Timely service windows

  • Photo documentation

  • Automatic service reports

  • Appointment reminders and notifications

  • Customized grease maintenance programs

  • Service checklist emailed

  • Compliant waste manifests

  • Services provided during non-peak hours

Licensed Professionals for Trusted Grease Trap Services

It is important to consult with a licensed and knowledgeable professional like American Grease and Septic to help you determine the best frequency for your grease trap service.

American Grease and Septic restaurant grease removal

High Quality Grease Trap Services

American Grease and Septic is a regional leader for cleaning and maintaining grease traps in the food service industry. We pride ourselves on exceeding expectations to ensure we do the job right.

  • 100% evacuation

  • Scrape and clean walls and baffles

  • Pressure washing

  • Grease lateral jetting

  • Check water flow

  • System condition inspection and reporting

Industries We Serve


Churches and Community Kitchens

Schools and Colleges

Commissary Kitchens


Concert Venues and Stadiums


Movie Theaters

Daycare Facilities


Experienced technician cleaning grease trap

Experienced Technicians Offering Professional Grease Trap Services

American Grease and Septic works with different teams to provide various services associated to your grease trap cleaning. When you work with American Grease and Septic, you receive advice from experts. These experts have over 40 years of experience in the industry.

In addition, we work with local government agencies to execute your needs on the highest level. We pride ourselves on staying 100% compliant with city ordinances and have built a reputation for doing the job right.

We know our service is essential for your business, not just a luxury. Our team will keep you informed about the newest policies to help you stay up-to-date. We provide you with peace of mind by maintaining a recurring schedule of your grease trap maintenance and cleaning.

24/7 Emergency Grease Trap Service: Always Ready When You Need Us

Dedicated Grease Trap Cleaning

American Grease and Septic offers 24-hour emergency response 365 days a year.

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What is a Grease Trap?

A grease trap is a plumbing device that is installed in a drainage system to intercept fats, oils, and greases (FOG) before they enter the sewer system. FOG can build up in sewer lines and cause blockages, backups, and overflows. Grease traps help to prevent these problems by slowing the flow of wastewater, allowing the FOG to cool and solidify, and then collecting it in a separate chamber.

Grease traps are required by law in many jurisdictions for businesses that generate large amounts of FOG, such as restaurants, food processing facilities, and car washes. They can also be used in homes with large kitchens or that do a lot of cooking.

Grease traps must be regularly pumped out by a licensed professional to prevent them from overflowing. The frequency of pumping will vary depending on the amount of FOG that is generated.

AGS grease solutions service truck

Why Does A Grease Trap Need To Be Cleaned?

The frequency with which a grease trap needs to be cleaned depends on several factors, including the amount of FOG that is generated, the size of the trap, and the type of business. In general, grease traps should be cleaned at least once a month. However, some businesses may need to have their grease traps cleaned more often.

Here are some of the reasons why a grease trap needs to be cleaned:

  • To prevent backups and overflows. When FOG builds up in a grease trap, it can solidify and clog the trap. This can lead to backups and overflows, which can damage your plumbing and property.

  • To prevent health problems. Bacteria can grow in grease traps, which can lead to health problems. For example, bacteria can cause food poisoning.

  • To comply with regulations. In many jurisdictions, businesses are required to have their grease traps cleaned on a regular basis. This is to help prevent sewer backups and overflows, which can pollute the environment.

Grease Trap Pumping FAQ's

What is a grease trap?

A grease trap captures fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from commercial kitchens and prevents them from entering the wastewater/sewer system.

How often should I get my grease trap pumped?

The frequency of grease trap pumping depends on the size of the trap, the amount of FOG generated by your kitchen, and any mandates enforced by your local environmental management agency. Typically, it is recommended to have it pumped every 3 months for outdoor gravity grease interceptors and 1-3 months for indoor hydromechanical grease traps.

What are the consequences of not pumping a grease trap regularly?

If a grease trap is not pumped regularly, FOG can build up and cause blockages in your plumbing system, leading to backups, odors, and potential kitchen closures. Additionally, prolonged exposure of grease will deteriorate concrete (common outdoor tank material).

How do you pump a grease trap?

Our technicians will first locate and safely uncover your grease trap. Then, using vacuum trucks and pressure washers, they will fully evacuate the grease trap waste, wash and scrape the tank, inspect for system issues and dispose at a wastewater treatment facility. A service checklist and photos from the job will be sent to your email.

Can I dispose of FOG myself?

It is not recommended to dispose of FOG down the drain or in the trash. Our company offers specialized services to keep you compliant and your system operating correctly.

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