GREASE INTERCEPTOR CLEANING IN DALLAS
Dallas Grease Interceptor Cleaning
Dallas TX Grease Interceptor Cleaning
Most imagine a grease interceptor to be just a large grease trap, similar to those found installed under any commercial kitchen sink. Grease interceptors are an integral part of any modern industrial kitchens sanitation system as well as crucial in the integrity of city’s water and sewage systems. Grease interceptors are installed outside, in close proximity to the kitchen, usually underground and out of sight. All grease, oil and food solids waste are trapped and stored in a 750 gallon, or even larger capacity, reservoir, protecting the city water supply and sewage system from harmful pollution and contaminants.
The design and efficiency of grease interceptors can vary widely. A thorough evaluation of many conditions and variables is needed before the installation can be initiated. An improperly installed system can reduce the efficiency to as little as a 30% interception rate; while a properly installed system will assure maximum efficiency of up to 85% or even more. While the latter is the highest achievable goal, it is also critical that you stay on top of required cleaning and maintenance to keep it that way, so it is always operating up to standard.
According to the experts, it is required to thoroughly hydro-jet the main components at a rate of least once or twice each year. Of course, this depends upon precisely the grease, oil and food solids content and quantity of the food being prepared. It’s better to clean the grease interceptor at shorter intervals than to possibly be too late, as the cost of being too late can be expensive and time consuming, often blocking of the plumbing or even needless and costly fines and/or closures by the Dallas city health department for violation of the health and safety codes.
What is the Procedure of the Pumping and Cleaning Process?
A novice may imagine a grease interceptor to be one big chamber to catch all the grease. But in fact, there are many components including many interconnected chambers, each with their own manhole. This greatly increases the efficiency of the system and makes it almost impossible for any overflow of waste to occur. However, with such a system of irregular chambers with nooks and crannies, the greasy and/or oily waste tends to accumulate on the sides and edges; this is by design. There is an issue that it does make the process of cleaning and pumping the grease interceptor a bit more complex than simply washing and pumping.
First of all, for a proper cleaning sequence, all contents must be removed from each chamber. As you can probably imagine, the most dense and thick grease deposits will naturally settle to the very bottom and the less dense water on top of all that. The use of state of the art pumps is utilized to quickly and efficiently remove all contents of the tank before the final hydro-jet cleaning process can commence. This makes use of a high powered spray of water, up to 3500 PSI, to blow away the thick, sticky waste from all affected areas of the grease tank.
Many of our competitors eliminate this needed step. Anything short of blasting away all of the deposits puts your city sewer system, your employees and especially your clients at great risk. Our commitment at Dallas Grease Trap Services is to diligently perform the most detailed and complete cleaning possible, without taking any shortcuts.
Keeping Abreast of Your Interceptor Content Limit
Many different sizes of grease interceptors are available in today’s market. While the standard is 750 gallons, it’s not uncommon for many food service operations to require 3000 or even upwards of 4000 gallons. You may be surprised to know that the majority of the larger fast food outlets may require as much as a massive 5000 gallon capacity grease interceptor. The reason for this, is that it would be a disaster for any such operation in the business of serving thousands per week to suffer any amount of downtime.
One of the most important functions of grease interceptors is to separate greases, oils and food particulates. This is accomplished by exploiting the fact that they all have different weights and viscosity, so each one will naturally find it’s own final resting point. The only time a grease interceptor is actually 100% empty is when it’s brand new or right after thorough, proper pumping and cleaning. So it’s important to maintain the recommended levels of waste to prevent costly and time consuming spills.
To answer the question of how to monitor the waste levels in your grease trap, the proper technique is to accomplish simple manifests. After some trial period, you will find just the right regular schedule in which you should perform this duty. Not many food service proprietors know this, but Dallas city regulations state that it is a violation of health and safety code for a grease interceptor to reach 100% capacity. In fact, you may be in violation if you allow it to exceed 30% in many areas.
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