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Understanding the Role of Grease Trap Cleaning in New Orleans, LA

October 6, 2018

If you are the owner or operator of a restaurant or a facility that has a commercial kitchen, you probably know just how important of a role your grease trap plays. This means you also know that if you don’t stay on top of your grease trap cleaning in New Orleans, LA, you could very well suddenly find yourself in a situation in which you have to shut down during peak service hours because you’re dealing with a backup in your sinks and drains. Regular grease trap cleanings are important to help you prevent problems from developing in the drains... View Article

Grease Trap Maintenance 101

September 22, 2018

When you have a commercial kitchen, it’s important you stay on top of your general maintenance, including grease trap cleaning in New Orleans, LA. A grease trap (also referred to as a grease pit or grease interceptor) is a piece of equipment connected to a sink in an area designated for food prep. These traps could be above or below the ground and are made out of plastic (or, in some cases, metal). The idea is that the grease trap will collect any grease that runs down the sink, preventing it from entering the drain lines. This is important because... View Article

What Is FOG Pollution?

September 7, 2018

Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are produced in commercial kitchens and restaurants in abundance. FOG encompasses the leftover grease and fatty substances from cooking oil, butter, meat, milk and other fatty products. While they are natural, FOG materials can have hefty consequences on sewer systems if they are not disposed of properly. FOG pollution occurs when fats and oils are dumped down the sewer system with water and the oils and fats cause problems within the pipes and wastewater treatment facilities. FOG pollution can have disastrous and costly consequences, which is why FOG waste removal is now so heavily regulated... View Article

How Grease Trap Contents Are Reused and Resold

August 24, 2018

In restaurants and food processing facilities, oils and fats used for cooking would ideally be separated out and stored for recycling before they ever reach the kitchen sink. Stored cooking oil, also known as “yellow grease,” has immense value because it has very little water content and can be recycled into biodiesel. Unfortunately, not all fats, oils and grease (FOG) are able to be stored in this way. Some inevitably ends up being directed to the sewer system. When FOG goes down the drain, it ends up in a restaurant’s grease trap. The FOG mixed with water enters the grease... View Article

How Grease Traps Work

August 3, 2018

You’re probably familiar with the negative effects associated with pouring grease down the drain. In your kitchen at home, you’re probably used to pouring grease and oil from cooking into a jar and throwing it away, but disposing of grease can be far more complicated at a commercial facility or restaurant. Because of the high volume of grease, fat and oils that’s produced in restaurants, commercial kitchens are equipped with grease interceptors, or grease traps, to collect the oily substances that go down the drain. Understanding a little bit more about how grease traps work and why grease trap cleaning... View Article

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