Grease Trap Maintenance and Compliance in Florida:
All restaurants have and need a grease trap. To illustrate, wastewater flowing from restaurants or other types of commercial facilities that produce fats, oils, and grease are required to have a grease trap or multiple grease traps in line to the sewer system. The design of a grease trap intercepts the flow of FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) to the wastewater treatment plants. The goal is to prevent these products from entering the waste streams. A grease trap is 70-90% effective in capturing the FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease).
These grease traps/interceptors are usually about 1,200 gallons in size and made of concrete or plastic. Some grease traps can be as large as 3,200 gallons. A grease trap is installed underground, just outside the commercial facility using them. Sometimes there is a series of 2 or 3 tanks, depending on the facility requirements. However, grease traps are always full, except after pumping has occurred. As the wastewater flows through the grease trap it impacts against an inlet tee designed to decrease stirring up the wastes in the tank. Then, as the wastewater flows in, an equal amount flows out of the other side through the outlet and on through the sewer system. In between this area is a baffle in the tank which keeps most of the solids and floating scum on the inlet side of the tank.
Grease traps are required to be pumped and cleaned at least every three months.
We accurately complete a hauler manifest on every occasion to keep you in compliance with city, county, and state regulations. See our Compliance section for more details. Restaurants need to pump out and clean grease traps/interceptors and oil/water separators at least once every 90 days. In addition, a professional company, such as Lapin Services, can inspect your grease trap and remove excessive solids, fats, grease, and oils. As a restaurant owner or manager, the county requires an inspection at least once every 7 days. If you would like to find out more information on this process, check the Orange County website, or give us a call at 407-841-8200.
Orange County, Florida grease trap/interceptor design guidelines can be found here. Lapin Services would be happy to schedule your ongoing maintenance of your grease traps so you remain in compliance. Call us at 407-841-8200 to get on a regular schedule and have us pump your grease trap right away.