Stenciled metal grease trap sign on metal coverOregon Oils offers area businesses in Oregon and Western Washington grease trap maintenance and cleaning services. Our team ensures that grease trap interceptions comply with industry and environmental standards while protecting your business’s plumbing. Whether it’s a 30 or 30,000-liter tank, learn how we repurpose oil, fat, and grease into new products at Oregon Oils today.

Why Cleaning Grease Interceptors Matters

The grease interceptor is an essential part of the plumbing and helps filter out harmful fats and oils from cooking byproducts before they enter a local sewer system. Most businesses and restaurants are aware that they face regulations, follow protocols to meet food safety inspections, and must adhere to the local health codes.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is in charge of regulating grease traps and follows ASME A112.14.3 when evaluating the efficacy of a grease trap. In order to pass a potential inspection, a restaurant or business must have a working grease trap that eliminates a high percentage of grease with working plumbing with respect to the grease interceptor or tank.

Health and Environmental Concerns

Besides failing compliance with these strict codes about grease trap maintenance, a faulty grease interceptor causes a multitude of problems for small businesses and restaurants. It impacts business owners, their staff, and the surrounding community. Inside a restaurant, a clogged grease trap can cause noxious bacterial growth and unpleasant odors. Outside a business, a broken grease interception allows harmful fats, oils, and grease to enter public sewage or wastewater systems, where the same bacterial processes wreak havoc on the environment.

Whether one is working in a kitchen with a clogged grease interceptor or in charge of maintaining one for their business, the impact of a broken tank has a hazardous impact on everyone’s health and the environment. Due to these concerns, Oregon Oils, Inc. strives to collect, clean, and maintain grease traps. Our business helps collect cooking oil from other businesses and synthesizes it into new fuel sources.

Steps to Clean a Grease Interceptor

We strongly advise businesses to contact us because we are part of the Preferred Pumper Program and follow strict national guidelines regarding grease trap maintenance. In general, it is best to pass these inspections with the help of cooking oil disposal experts. There’s a science to cleaning grease traps and a basic approach that involves cooling, skimming, and disposing of waste products.

Here is a brief overview of how we perform maintenance on grease traps and what to expect:

  1. Our technicians arrive with the requisite materials and immediately cease the supply of waste products into the trap.
  2. Using a crowbar, we carefully dismantle the enclosure of the tank.
  3. We follow the procedure of cooking and skimming the trap, which entails waiting for the liquids to meet a temperature threshold that’s cool enough for a technician to safely handle the substances.
  4. Next, a layer of FOG (fat, oil, and grease) formulates and our crew will remove it.
  5. Our crew will drain the grease trap and remove everything except the necessary amount of liquid.
  6. We examine the intake/ outtake pipes, use our hi-tech vacuums, and scrape away each harmful layer of grease.
  7. We douse the system with a large amount of water to test whether it’s flowing properly.
  8. Oregon Oils replaces the components of the grease interceptor, cleans up any debris, and handles the waste disposal.

Why You Need Professional Help

While the concept of cooling, skimming, and disassembling grease traps seems straightforward, many businesses lack the high-powered vacuums, scraping tools, and time to perform these tasks themselves. Grease maintenance is a requisite part of operating a kitchen and our technicians help many local businesses adhere to the codes in their area for restaurants. For instance, Oregon Oils, Inc. is able to ascertain the local ordinances, understand the ASME standards, and help local businesses meet these objectives.

When we are done with the work and the system is up to code, we file paperwork for you on behalf of the city and provide records of our repairs, findings, and compliance. In cases of large tanks and operations, it’s important to bring in professionals since the task is beyond the ability of a single business owner, maintenance technician, etc.

Let Us Handle the Grease Instead

Oregon Oils, Inc. is a family-owned, operated, local business with a dedication to environmentally friendly practices. We have the technology to not only dispose of the FOG but take it to a place where it can be recycled and repurposed into biodiesel. If you are in Greater Portland or Southern Washington, then contact Oregon Oils for a free quote.

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