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Why Trust Diamond Certified Grease Trap Cleaning Company Rated Highest in Quality?

You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a grease trap cleaning company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified grease trap cleaning company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated grease trap cleaning company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you’ll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Sonoma County – Grease Trap Cleaning CATEGORY

Blaine Cristando is owner of Environmental Pump Services, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (707) 785-6584 or by email.

Blaine Cristando

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Blaine Cristando: Pumped

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

HEALDSBURG — After a decade in the waste removal business, Blaine Cristando had grown tired of working for big companies that didn’t care about customer service. So, when a friend suggested they go into business together, he was pumped about the idea. “My business partner, Eric, and I met while working for Waste Management,” he recounts. “Later, after we’d both moved on to other companies, he approached me about starting our own business. In an industry dominated by large corporations, we knew there was potential for a smaller company that provided quality work and customer service, so we founded Environmental Pump Services in 2008.”

Blaine and Eric started out small, but with steady effort, they were able to build a positive reputation and a loyal customer base. “We grew the grease trap side of our business by going door-to-door to restaurants and grocery stores, and we relied on phone book advertising and word of mouth for the residential septic side,” explains Blaine. “Ultimately, I think it was our commitment to quality service that drove our business to where it is today.”

Today, as owner of Environmental Pump Services, Inc., Blaine says his favorite part of his job is educating his customers. “One thing we do that our competitors don’t is explain to our clients how their systems work. Whether it’s a septic system or grease trap, we tell them all the do’s and don’ts so they can avoid problems in the future. It makes me feel good to leave our customers feeling cared for and better informed.”

A resident of Healdsburg (where he lives with his wife, Cindy), Blaine expresses his appreciation for life in Sonoma County. “The way I look at it, we live in paradise,” he says. “We have the best weather you could ask for; there’s always something going on in the community; and we’re just a short drive away from the ocean, the mountains, and San Francisco.”

Outside of work, Blaine spends the bulk of his time with his family, which includes his and Cindy’s sons Tanner (20) and Austin (18). “Being a small business owner, a lot of my time goes to my business, so when I’m not working, I’m usually with my family,” he says. “We’re all very active and enjoy sports, as well as going to San Francisco to hang out and explore.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Blaine says he’d go on an extended vacation. “It’s hard to imagine myself retired, but I suppose I’d start by doing some traveling. I’m Italian, so maybe I’d go to Italy and try to trace some of my ancestry.”

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INDUSTRY INFORMATION AND RESEARCHED ARTICLES BY THE DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESOURCE

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Cotati
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Roseland
Russian River
Russian River Meadows
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Santa Rosa
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The following associations and agencies may have more information about and for grease interceptor installation, cleaning, maintenance, and service companies.

Contractors State License Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)
International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA) (www.ikeca.org)
Restaurant Facility Management Association (RFMA) (www.rfmaonline.com)
National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT) (www.nawt.org)

Know What You Want
Know What You Need from Good Grease Trap Cleaning Companies in Sonoma County

Before you begin calling Sonoma County grease trap companies, it’s smart to start by asking yourself some questions and establishing a list of wants and needs. That will enable you to make the same presentation to each of the grease trap services you interview and find the one that can best help you now and in the future.

The following questions will get you started: 

  1. Do I want a Diamond Certified grease trap cleaning service that is rated highest in quality and helpful expertise, and that is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  2. Do I need residential or commercial grease trap cleaning?
  3. Do I need a local company to provide grease trap cleaning, grease interceptor cleaning, or another grease removal service?
  4. Will I need regular cleaning and maintenance for my grease trap and/or grease interceptor, or is this a one-time service?
  5. Are there any job specifics I should share with the candidates? (This may include the location of the grease trap or grease interceptor, challenges with the location, business hours or service hour requirements, past problems, etc.)
  6. What professional and personal qualities and characteristics am I looking for in my Sonoma County grease trap company and its employees?
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What To Ask In Person
Questions to Ask of Sonoma County Grease Trap Services In Person

Interviewing Sonoma County grease trap contractors in person is the next step. Once you have narrowed down your list to only the best companies in Guerneville, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Cotati, Cloverdale or your area of Sonoma County that offer exactly the services you need, you’ll want to make an appointment with them so they can see your facility and equipment and offer you a bid for services.

This may also be a good chance to do a trial run to see if the company meets your expectations and whether you can rely on them for routine grease trap cleaning and maintenance.

The following questions will get you started. Again, be sure to add questions that you might have and to take notes of the answers you get.

  1. How long will the grease removal services take?
  2. Who will be performing the grease trap cleaning services (is it the same person every time, or will there be a new technician each time? How is this person vetted, trained, and monitored?
  3. Can you help me decide how often my grease trap or grease interceptor needs cleaning and maintenance?
  4. Will we be able to work around the grease trap cleaning professional or use the water while the grease interceptor is being cleaned? If not, can you offer a variety of hours that won’t conflict with business hours or that work best with my schedule?
  5. Can we set up regular maintenance and cleaning appointments?
  6. Do you have other clients in Cotati, Windsor, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Guerneville, Healdsburg or my area of Sonoma County?
  7. Do you have a list of recent customer references that I can call?
  8. What kind of access will you need in order to perform the grease trap services?
  9. If I have questions or concerns about the grease trap cleaning, who should I talk to?
  10. Is there anything I can do to make the grease trap cleaning services easier or go more smoothly?

Never feel pressured to hire or do business with grease trap companies in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Cotati, Cloverdale, Rohnert Park or other areas. You should always feel comfortable making the decision to hire a company. If the company can’t meet your needs or if the technicians are unable to answer your questions or give you the service you deserve, feel free to move on to a different company that can meet your needs.

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  • What To Ask References
    Learn About the Experiences of Sonoma County Grease Trap Cleaning Clients

    It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified grease trap service because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass.

    If you want quality grease trap cleaning in Sonoma County and the greater Bay Area, including those services in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Cotati, Cloverdale, Rohnert Park and your area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies, including local grease trap cleaning and installation companies.

    And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers who have actual experience dealing with the companies and can attest to the quality of their work and services.

    If you can’t find Diamond Certified grease trap services within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. In that case, it’s wise to call references provided by your top companies.

    It is important to note that references provided by the companies are likely not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process.

    That’s because references given to customers by companies are usually cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from a company’s full customer database. So chances are good that the Sonoma County grease trap cleaning and grease trap installation services will give you contact information for a few customers that they know are satisfied, and you won’t get unbiased reports. Still, it can be useful in learning what previous clients have to say about the companies in question.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the Sonoma County grease trap cleaning service’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied. Then call those clients and ask some questions.

    Sample questions you may want to ask include these:

    1. Were you satisfied with the service from _(grease trap cleaning company name)_?
    2. What was the type and scope of job they did for you (grease trap cleaning, grease interceptor cleaning, grease trap or interceptor installation, grease trap maintenance, grease trap repairs, troubleshooting, etc.)?
    3. Were the employees prompt and personable?
    4. Did the grease trap cleaning staff explain the status of the work and inform you of any problems or issues with your grease trap or grease interceptor system?
    5. Did they arrive and complete the work on time and as promised?
    6. Were there unexpected costs associated with the grease trap cleaning or maintenance? If so, what were they for and were they avoidable? Did the contractor explain the charges or problem before doing the work? Or were the extra charges a surprise?
    7. Did the Sonoma County grease trap service charge extra to travel to your home or business if it is in Agua Caliente, Asti, Bodega Bay, Duncans Mills, Glen Ellen, Monte Rio, Penngrove, Rio Nido, Roseland, Sheridan, the Geysers, Villa Grande or outside of their immediate area?
    8. Did the contractors clean up after finishing the job?
    9. Would you recommend this grease trap cleaning services?
    10. Will you hire this company again?
    11. Is there anything I should know before hiring this company?
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  • Review Your Options
    Find Good Grease Trap Installation and Cleaning Services in Sonoma County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Before deciding on the best grease and fat trap cleaning in Sonoma County for you, consider the following questions.

    1. Is there a grease trap service on your list that can meet your needs for grease trap cleaning, installation or repair?
    2. Are the Sonoma County grease trap cleaning service staff knowledgeable about the repairs and maintenance your grease trap or grease interceptor needs?
    3. Can they explain which services and maintenance suggestions best fit your needs?
    4. Is the contractor sensitive to your budget? Can they give you varying bids that address your resources?
    5. Is the grease trap service able to fit your schedule or offer a variety of days and times to better fit your personal or business schedule?
    6. Do the grease trap cleaners guarantee their work?

    Did one company stand out above the others as your best option?

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  • How To Work With
    How to Encourage Sonoma County Grease Trap and Grease Separator Cleaning Companies to Want to Help You

    Since you will likely have a long working relationship with your Sonoma County grease trap cleaning service, it’s important that you like the company, feel their technicians care about you and your building, and that the company has your best interests at heart.

    For that reason, many Sonoma County business owners and homeowners like to test out companies by hiring them for a single cleaning service before making a final decision. This is their chance to prove they deserve and value your business.

    Conversely, many grease separator services in Cotati, Windsor, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Guerneville, Healdsburg and throughout Sonoma County also are choosy about the clients they do work for. Time is limited, and many companies prefer working for clients who value them, are honest and trustworthy, and who see the value in the service they provide. So while you’re vetting the company, be aware that they may also be evaluating your actions and reactions.

    How can you be the kind of client Sonoma County grease separator and grease trap services are happy to do work for?

    • Prove your interest in good value, not just the lowest bid. Avoid the temptation to start your discussion with local grease interceptor services by asking about price. Instead, show your interest in quality by asking questions techniques, materials and equipment, warrantees, regular services, and lasting value rather than simply price. After all, you usually get what you pay for, and shopping for rock-bottom prices is usually a recipe for dissatisfaction and frustration.
    • Be honest if you’re entertaining multiple bids. Companies understand that it’s the customer’s prerogative to find the contractors that can best meet their need. But only shop among carefully selected local grease trap service companies that offer quality work, and don’t accept more than three to five bids.
    • Tell your contractor exactly what you want done and every specific direction or request you have. This will allow them to give you the most accurate bid possible and gives them insight into exactly what you want and expect. If they can’t meet your needs, it’s better to find out before you’ve wasted your time and theirs.
    • Interview and choose among local grease removal services in Sonoma County. Most companies prefer to work within a local radius, as this allows them to provide faster service and reliable emergency repairs.

     

    What To Do Once You’ve Found a Grease Trap Service That Meets Your Needs
    Once you’ve done your due diligence in checking out the best grease separator companies near you, you should feel confident choosing among the companies you’re interviewed. Review your notes, think about the services and unique offerings of each company, and consider which one made you feel most comfortable.

    Did they answer your questions? Is their schedule flexible enough to match yours? Are their fees fair and value-based? Are their employees professional, trained, and insured? Do they guarantee customer satisfaction? Do they have a variety of satisfied customers that have hired them for the same services you need done?

    Once you have found the best grease trap service in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Cloverdale  or near you, you’ll want to ask for a contract. Good contracts should include details about the scope of the work, products or equipment to be used, payment terms, the expected timeline for the job, and any guarantees that will cover the grease removal services.

    The company representative should provide the contract to you and allow you to read through it and ask any questions you may have before signing it. This agreement protects you, your property and the contractor, so it’s important that you understand all terms and exclusions. Never sign an incomplete or blank estimate or contract.

    If there are items you verbally agreed upon with the grease separator cleaning service, you may write in those terms. These may include specific expectations and instructions, contract start and end dates, the frequency of cleaning, clauses that stipulate when the work must be completed, and any other details pertinent to your job or your agreement.

     

    Tips for Successfully Working with Sonoma County Grease Trap Services
    There are a few things you can do before your local grease trap cleaning service arrives and while they’re working in your home or business that may help the work move along more smoothly and foster a better working relationship.

    • Have a list of specific work or repairs you need done, if the services you need are out of the ordinary or beyond simple grease trap cleaning or grease interceptor services.
    • Write down any questions or concerns. This will ensure you get the service and answers you need and may shorten the length of time the job takes, reducing billable hours.
    • Clear unnecessary items from the area where the Sonoma County grease trap cleaning contractor will be working. You may also need to clear the way to the grease trap access panel or ensure the grease removal company’s grease interceptor pumping vehicle has a clear and accessible path to the grease interceptor access.
    • Keep people out of the work area. Make sure the grease trap service employee has room to work and isn’t interrupted by employees or others.
    • Ask if there is anything you can do to help speed the job along or make the work easier. There may be simple steps you can take to increase the efficiency of the grease removal, thereby cutting down on the amount of time spent and the overall cost of the job.
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  • Be a Good Customer
    How You Can Be a Good Sonoma County Grease Trap Cleaning Services Client

    Your actions and reactions play a big part in the success of your grease interceptor and fat trap cleaning services. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer.

    • Be clear and upfront with the grease trap cleaners. Let them know what you want from them, the outcome you’re expecting, and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a grease trap cleaning service in Sonoma County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local companies occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times. The work will move along more smoothly if your company representative can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the services on schedule.
    • Pay for the work promptly.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Grease trap services in Sonoma County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Review Your Invoice for Grease Trap Services

The invoice from your grease trap cleaning contractor should include the following:

  • The contractor’s name, physical address and license number.
  • A complete list of all work performed.
  • An itemized list of all materials used (if applicable).
  • The total cost for the grease trap cleaning services, including the itemized amount charged for labor.
  • A written explanation of any warranties or guarantees..
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Written Warranties
Get Warranties and Guarantees in Writing

Not all grease trap cleaning services in Sonoma County offer warranties or guarantees on their work, but those that do should be willing to give you proof in writing in case there is any problem or questions after the work is complete. If you have a new grease trap installed, you should insist on proof of warranties from both the installer and the manufacturer.

The following items should be included in any written guarantee document:

  • The Sonoma County grease trap contractor’s name, physical address and state license number.
  • A description of what exactly the warranty covers. This should include whether the contractor will repair or replace faulty materials or redo unsatisfactory workmanship.
  • Any exclusions must be explicitly stated.
  • Your responsibility in the case of a problem and what you need to do in order to redeem the warranty.
  • How long the warranty is valid, and whether it expires on a specific day or is prorated.
  • Any actions on your part that may invalidate the warranty.
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Top 10 Requests
Most Common Grease Trap Services Performed in Sonoma County

Grease Trap Cleaning
Grease traps can be installed in commercial and residential kitchens to prevent grease, oil, and fat from getting into water pipes and creating clogs, slow drainage, and even water backups. These grease traps are usually installed under kitchen sinks or other areas where grease and fats enter the waste water pipes.

Grease Trap Installation
Homes and businesses that have never before had a grease trap or that need a new grease trap installed (grease trap replacement) should rely on a professional grease trap installation expert in Cotati, Windsor, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Guerneville, Healdsburg or elsewhere in Sonoma County. This may be a plumber or another contractor who is well-versed in plumbing and plumbing systems, since grease traps are installed into the piping, particularly the kitchen area plumbing of sinks or near areas where grease is prone to entering the waste water line.

Grease Interceptor Installation and Cleaning
Grease interceptors have a much more in-depth installation and cleaning process than do grease traps. While grease traps are located in the buildings they protect, grease interceptors are installed in a trench with concrete footing outside of the building, between the building and the main water waste line. This means that restaurants, hospitals, industrial buildings, and other commercial buildings with grease interceptors must hire a licensed, knowledgeable contractor who is able to provide the necessary trenching, concrete, and installation of the grease interceptor.

Grease Trap Maintenance
Grease trap maintenance can include cleaning the actual grease trap and maintaining the components of the system. It may also include jetting or clearing the attached water lines leading into and out of the grease trap.

Commercial Grease Trap Services
Commercial buildings like restaurants, hospitals, food service locations, food preparation plants and other commercial and industrial buildings that have a high concentration of fat, oil, and grease leaving their buildings via their water plumbing systems often have grease traps installed beneath their kitchen sinks or the location where most of the fats and grease enter the water system. These grease traps have to be cleaned out more often than the underground grease interceptors, but it is easier for employees to monitor these systems from inside the business, restaurant, or commercial building.

Restaurant Grease Trap Cleaning and Service
Restaurants are one of the main businesses where grease traps and grease interceptors are installed. That’s because many restaurants and food service kitchens have an excess of grease, fats, and oils that enter the waste water pipes and can cause blockages and sink backups. Most grease trap cleaning companies regularly service restaurant grease traps and grease interceptors, offering installation, cleaning, maintenance, repairs, and other service.

Kitchen Grease Trap Installation and Service
Grease traps can be installed in commercial and residential kitchens to prevent grease, oil, and fat from getting into water pipes and creating clogs, slow drainage, and even water backups. These grease traps are usually installed under kitchen sinks or other areas where grease and fats enter the waste water pipes.

Grease Trap Pumping in Sonoma County
Grease trap pumping services in Petaluma, Windsor, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati, Guerneville, Rohnert Park and throughout Sonoma County pump fat, oil, grease, and waste water from grease traps and grease interceptors. These companies should be licensed and insured, and they should have vacuum systems that allow them to completely pump and remove all of the waste from grease traps and interceptors.

Septic Grease Trap Service
Grease traps can be installed in the piping before waste water reaches the septic tank, septic system, or sewer system exit. This prevents grease and fats from getting into septic systems and septic tanks or sewers, where it may collect in sheets and balls and create problems for water flow and emptying.

Commercial Grease Interceptor Services
Commercial buildings such as restaurants, processing plants, food packaging plants, and more often have commercial-grade grease interceptors as part of their FOG (fat, oil, and grease) filtration systems. These systems need regular cleaning and servicing to remove grease build-up and keep them functioning well. Grease interceptor cleaning services can provide grease removal, interceptor cleaning, routine maintenance, repairs, and more. Since grease interceptors are below ground and require professional pumping and cleaning, most commercial buildings and restaurants have a grease trap cleaning company they regularly rely on for these services.

Grease Trap Brands Available in the Greater Bay Area and Sonoma County
There are many brands of grease traps and grease interceptors on the market. The following are some of the most popular brands installed by and serviced by grease trap cleaning and grease interceptor cleaning services in Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Cloverdale , Cazadero, Camp Meeker, Bloomfield, Temelec, Stewarts Point Rancheria, Schellville, Two Rock, Jenner, Eldridge, Fetters Hot Springs and other areas.

  • Trapzilla Grease Traps
  • Zurn Grease Interceptors
  • Rockford Grease Traps
  • BK Resources
  • Thermaco Grease Removal Devices
  • Grease Guardian Grease Interceptor Traps
  • KTI
  • Canplas-Endura Grease Traps
  • Watts-Dormont Grease Removal Devices & Grease Traps
  • JR Smith Grease Interceptors
  • Dayton Small Grease Traps
  • Krowne Grease Filters and Grease Traps
  • Josam Grease Traps
  • Ashland Polytraps & Grease Traps
  • Goslyn Automatic Grease Recovery System
  • John Boos Grease Traps
  • Canplas Grease Traps
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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms Associated with Grease Trap Cleaning

baffle
Baffles in grease traps and grease interceptors are usually metal slabs or grates that have holes or openings through which the water and other liquid can pass through. Grease and fats are solid and don’t mix with water, and they are lighter than water, so they float at the top of the liquid within the grease trap or grease interceptor. They become lodged in the baffles and stay there until they can be removed. This allows the water and other waste liquid to flow through the grease trap and grease interceptor and through the waste water piping without containing oils, fats, and grease that can clog and cause blockages within the grease traps.

Also known as: grease trap strainer, grease trap basket, T-baffles, straining baffles, grease interceptor basket, grease interceptor strainer

commercial grease interceptor services
Commercial buildings such as restaurants, processing plants, food packaging plants, and more often have commercial-grade grease interceptors as part of their FOG (fat, oil, and grease) filtration systems. These systems need regular cleaning and servicing to remove grease build-up and keep them functioning well. Grease interceptor cleaning services can provide grease removal, interceptor cleaning, routine maintenance, repairs, and more. Since grease interceptors are below ground and require professional pumping and cleaning, most commercial buildings and restaurants have a grease trap cleaning company they regularly rely on for these services.

Also known as: restaurant grease interceptor cleaning, restaurant grease interceptor installation and repairs, grease interceptor maintenance

commercial grease trap services
Like with grease interceptors in commercial buildings like restaurants, hospitals, food service locations, food preparation plants and other commercial and industrial buildings that have a high concentration of fat, oil, and grease leaving their buildings via their water plumbing systems, many similar buildings also have grease traps installed beneath their kitchen sinks or the location where most of the fats and grease enter the water system. These grease traps have to be cleaned out more often than the underground grease interceptors, but it is easier for employees to monitor these systems from inside the business, restaurant, or commercial building.

Also known as: commercial building grease trap cleaning, commercial grease trap installation, commercial grease trap repairs, restaurant grease trap emptying

FOG
When referring to grease trap and grease interceptor services, FOG refers to fat, oil, and grease, the three main components caught by grease traps and grease interceptors. FOG (fats, oils, and grease) present in waste water runs through the grease trap system and gets caught in the baffles or filtration system before the water exits the building through the waste water main. This helps prevent pipes and water systems from becoming clogged with grease and fats, and it keeps fats and oils from coagulating in the septic system or sewer system tied to the home or business.

Also known as: fat, oil, and grease; fats, oils, and grease

grease interceptor
Grease interceptors are large containers located underground near restaurants, factories, production plants, and other locations were a large quantity of grease, fat, and oil is produced or created as a byproduct. Grease interceptors are buried within excavated trenches with cement footings and are accessed via manhole or other large covers. The must be inspected, cleaned, and maintained by specialty grease removal companies and grease haulers with the right pumps, hoses, and other equipment to do the job.

Also known as: FOG interceptor, grease and fat interceptor, underground grease trap

grease trap
Grease traps are smaller than grease interceptors and are installed in a building near the location of the grease production area (usually a kitchen). They are easily monitored by employees or staff of the restaurant or commercial building, and they are more easily cleaned.

Also known as: fat trap, oil trap, FOG trap, grease converter, grease recovery device, grease removal units, grease separator

grease interceptor installation services
Grease interceptors have a much more invasive installation process than do grease traps. While grease traps are located in the building, grease interceptors are installed in a trench with concrete footing outside of the building, between the building and the main water waste line. This means that restaurants, industrial buildings, and other commercial buildings with grease interceptors must hire a licensed, knowledgeable contractor who is able to provide the necessary trenching, concrete, and installation of the grease interceptor.

Also known as: grease interceptor installation, install new grease interceptor

grease trap installation
Homes and businesses that have never before had a grease trap or that need a new grease trap installed (grease trap replacement) should rely on a professional grease trap installation expert. This may be a plumber or another contractor who is well-versed in plumbing and plumbing systems, since grease traps are installed into the piping, particularly the kitchen area plumbing of sinks or near areas where grease is prone to entering the waste water line.

Also known as: grease trap installer, grease trap reinstallation, grease trap replacement services

grease trap maintenance
Grease trap maintenance can include cleaning the actual grease trap and maintaining the components of the system. It may also include jetting or clearing the attached water lines leading into and out of the grease trap.

Also known as: grease trap service

grease trap pumping/grease interceptor pumping
Professionals who pump the fat, oil, grease, and waste water from grease traps and grease interceptors offer grease trap pumping and grease interceptor pumping services for homes and businesses. These professionals should be licensed and insured, and they should have vacuum systems that allow them to completely pump and remove all of the waste from grease traps and interceptors.

Also known as: grease removal, grease interceptor pumping services

kitchen grease trap installation and cleaning
Grease traps can be installed in commercial and residential kitchens to prevent grease, oil, and fat from getting into water pipes and creating clogs, slow drainage, and even water backups. These grease traps are usually installed under kitchen sinks or other areas where grease and fats enter the waste water pipes.

Also known as: grease traps, grease trap installation

restaurant grease trap cleaning and service
Restaurants are one of the main businesses where grease traps and grease interceptors are installed. That’s because many restaurants and food service kitchens have an excess of grease, fats, and oils that enter the waste water pipes and can cause blockages and sink backups. Most grease trap cleaning companies regularly service restaurant grease traps and grease interceptors, offering installation, cleaning, maintenance, repairs, and other service.

Also known as: food service grease traps, restaurant grease interceptor cleaning, food production grease trap cleaning service

septic grease trap service
Grease traps can be installed in the piping before waste water reaches the septic tank, septic system, or sewer system exit. This prevents grease and fats from getting into septic systems and septic tanks or sewers, where it may collect in sheets and balls and create problems for water flow and emptying.

Also known as: septic grease interceptors, septic tank grease removal

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions About Grease Trap Cleaning

While every company may have its own answers to the following questions, the answers below can give you some basic information about grease traps and grease interceptors, the companies that install and service them, and grease trap cleaning services.

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified grease trap cleaning service near me?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a grease trap cleaning company near you with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only grease interceptor cleaning services rated Highest in Quality and Helpful Expertise earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee.

Q: What is a grease trap?

A: Grease traps, also known as fat traps and grease interceptors, are appliances that wastewater from kitchens flows through before exiting the building through the wastewater or graywater lines. Grease traps trap grease from animal fats and vegetable oils and prevent them from flowing into the wastewater pipes and causing build up and clogs.

 

Q: Where does the grease come from?

A: Animal fats, vegetable oils, and other food products and byproducts can be a source of fats, oils, and grease that can clog pipes and wreak havoc in septic systems and sewage systems. Restaurants, food production facilities, and other food-handling facilities are usually required to have grease interceptors, also called grease traps, installed in kitchens and other building plumbing lines to collect the grease, fats, and oils coming from sinks, dishwashers, processing equipment, drains, and more. These grease interceptors stop oils, fats, and grease before it enters the wastewater system.

 

Q: How often should I have my grease trap cleaned and serviced?
A: Grease traps in homes and kitchens should be serviced approximately every three months, depending on usage and the size of the grease trap. Commercial grease traps, commercial kitchen grease traps, and restaurant grease traps should be cleaned even more frequently, every six to 12 weeks and up to once a month. Your local grease trap service should be able to recommend a regular cleaning and service schedule based on your specific needs and their observations during your grease trap cleaning appointments.

Q: What are the signs that my grease trap needs to be emptied and cleaned?
A: Grease traps will begin to emit a bad smell when they are full or becoming rancid; that is a definite sign that the trap should be cleaned and serviced. However, it is a good idea to schedule regular cleaning to avoid the grease beginning to smell bad. Build-up grease can also clause blockages in pipes and in the grease trap, and this can cause sinks and the grease trap to overflow, which can create a mess and cause the loss of the use of the sink or pipes until the grease trap is cleaned and the pipes are unblocked. In restaurants and commercial buildings, grease backups and pipe overflows may require a full sanitizing of the kitchen and other areas impacted, which can cause delays and shutdowns of the business or restaurant.

Q: Should I get routine maintenance on my grease trap?
A: Your grease trap specialist should be able to recommend a cleaning and maintenance schedule based on your specific trap and the amount of use it gets. Restaurants and businesses with a higher volume of grease and waste fat as well as homes and other buildings with delicate plumbing systems or other issues may need regular maintenance beyond simply cleaning out grease traps. This may include jetting of interior lines to reduce drain line clogs, system and grease trap equipment inspections and repairs, and more.

Q: Can I clean my grease trap myself?
A: Grease trap cleaning is something you can do yourself if you’re somewhat handy and don’t mind the nature of the project. You’ll also need all of the necessary tools, including a filtration mask, gloves, clothing and shoe protectors, tools to open the grease trap, a scooper and bucket for the old grease, and possibly a shop vacuum or other device to remove the waste grease and liquid. Experts recommend waiting for the water inside the trap to completely cool to avoid the risk of burning yourself. You’ll need to carefully pry off the grease trap lid before removing the grease sludge at the top of the tank and then the liquid that’s contained in the rest of the grease trap. You’ll want to make sure the grease baffles are completely clean and that there is no grease in the intake and outtake pipes located in the tank. All grease must be disposed of appropriately; it should never be disposed of down a drain, in a wastewater container, or dumped outside. Because the process can be tricky as well as very messy, most businesses and homes rely on qualified, professional grease trap cleaning services to do the dirty work for them.

Q: Who can install a new grease trap or grease interceptor and service grease traps?
A: Plumbers and other plumbing professionals are generally the ones to install new grease interceptor traps. Since grease traps connect to plumbing systems, it’s a natural fit. However, not all plumbers are able to install grease traps. As for cleaning grease traps, plumbers, pump services, and restaurant specialty services often provide grease interceptor cleaning and service.

Q: What does it cost to install a new grease trap?
A: That depends on the size of the grease trap and the specifics of your plumbing and location of the installation. Small grease traps, those under 100 gallons, can usually be installed for $200 to $1,500. The fee for installing larger grease traps and commercial or restaurant grease traps may cost as much as $4,000 to $9,000. Good grease trap installation services should be able to give you an estimate for your job.

Q: What’s the difference between commercial or restaurant grease traps and residential or kitchen grease traps?
A: Home or kitchen grease traps tend to be much smaller and easier to care for than commercial restaurant grease interceptors, which tend to get much more use and need more frequent cleaning and care.

Q: What will my grease trap contractor do with the waste?
A: Good grease trap cleaning services will remove the grease and other waste and dispose of it at a licensed facility where it can be processed and disposed of correctly. Grease should never be dumped down pipes, into wastewater areas, or outside. It should always be processed by a legal and licensed waste facility.

Q: Is there a difference between grease traps and grease interceptors?

A: Yes. While many people use the terms interchangeably, there is a big distinction between grease traps and grease interceptors. Grease traps are smaller and are installed in the building near the location of the grease production area (usually a kitchen). They are easily monitored by employees or staff of the restaurant or commercial building, and they are more easily cleaned. Grease interceptors are large containers underground near restaurants, factories, production plants, and other locations were a large quantity of grease, fat, and oil is produced or is a byproduct. Grease interceptors are buried within excavated trenches with cement footings and are accessed via manhole or other large covers. The must be inspected, cleaned, and maintained by specialty grease removal companies and grease haulers with the right pumps, hoses, and other equipment to do the job.

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