Is My Grease Trap Full? New Orleans Grease Trap Cleaning and Used Cooking Oil Recycling is here to help you figure out if your grease trap or grease interceptor is full.
On a weekly basis we receive numerous calls and / or emails from our valued customers asking if their grease trap or grease interceptor is full. Usually this question is associated to a drain related issue, which more often than not is unrelated to the grease trap itself. With this in mind, and to answer the question of is your grease trap or grease interceptor full, we always have the same answer:
Yes, your grease trap is full (or at least it should be). A grease trap in operation is designed to be full at all times. If your grease trap or grease interceptor is not full, then you likely have a bigger and potentially costly plumbing problem on your hands.
With that being said, its very important to differentiate between a full grease trap and a grease trap that is at FOGs maximum capacity. A grease trap or grease interceptor is considered at capacity when it exceeds 25% fats, oils, grease, and/or food solids (also known as FOGs). If you haven’t cleaned your grease trap or grease interceptor in over a year, and the manhole cover or containment lid is overflowing with grease and waste-water, then it’s safe to say that you’re well past the FOGs capacity point.
To better explain, we’d like to give you a proper example:
a 500 gallon grease trap or interceptor CAN be deemed as being at maximum capacity (and in need of service) when 125 gallons of the total 500 gallons within CONSISTS of fats, oils, grease, and/or food solids.
The reality is that all properly operating grease traps and grease interceptors will be full at all times during operation. If you have a 500 gallon unit it will always have a combination of (roughly) 500 gallons of fats, oils, grease, food solids, and/or water within it at any given time. The important thing to always remember (and check frequently) is the Water to FOGs ratio. Maintaining a 25% (or less) FOGs contents within your grease trap or grease interceptor is crucial in maintaining your plumbing system.
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