Grease Trap Basics: Installation, Maintenance, and Correct Disposal

At Clarence Valley Septics, we understand the importance of a well-maintained grease trap for any commercial kitchen. A functioning grease trap plays a crucial role in preventing blockages and protecting the wider sewage system, and in this article, we’ll delve into the fundamentals of grease traps, covering installation, cleaning, and the correct disposal of grease trap waste.

What is a Grease Trap?

A grease trap is a plumbing fixture typically installed below commercial kitchen sinks or drains. It acts as a physical barrier, separating fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from wastewater before it enters the sewer system. FOG can solidify and cause blockages in pipes, leading to inconvenient and costly disruptions, and a grease trap allows FOG to cool and solidify, collecting it within the trap for later removal.

Why is a Grease Trap Important?

There are several key reasons why grease traps are essential for commercial kitchens:

Grease Trap Installation

The installation of a grease trap should be undertaken by a licensed professional who can ensure that the trap is appropriately sized and positioned for your specific kitchen’s needs. Here are some factors to consider during installation:

Grease Trap Cleaning

Regular cleaning is essential for optimal performance of your grease trap, and the frequency of cleaning depends on the size of your trap, the volume of FOG produced by your kitchen, and local regulations. A general recommendation is to schedule professional grease trap cleaning every 3-6 months. Here’s what a professional cleaning service typically entails:

Grease Trap Disposal

Grease trap waste disposal is a critical step in the grease trap maintenance process, as improper disposal of FOG waste can have serious environmental consequences. We recommend partnering with a reputable liquid waste company like Clarence Valley Septics that adheres to all environmental regulations.

Here are some key considerations for grease trap waste disposal:

Clarence Valley Septics: Your Partner in Grease Trap Maintenance

At Clarence Valley Septics, we offer comprehensive grease trap services for commercial kitchens. Our services include:

We understand the importance of a well-maintained grease trap for your business, and our team is committed to providing reliable and efficient services that keep your kitchen running smoothly and in compliance with all regulations. Contact us today for a free consultation on your grease trap needs. We’ll be happy to answer any questions that you may have and help you develop a personalised grease trap maintenance plan.

Additional Tips for Grease Trap Maintenance

Here are some additional tips to help you maintain your grease trap effectively:

By implementing these practices and partnering with Clarence Valley Septics for professional maintenance, you can ensure your grease trap functions optimally, protecting your plumbing, the environment, and your business.

Contact Clarence Valley Septics Today

For a free consultation or to learn more about our grease trap services, contact us today on 02 6645 3100 or send us an email at: We’re here to help you maintain a healthy and compliant kitchen environment.