Does my Business's Grease Trap Need Cleaning?

What is a Grease Trap?

A grease trap is an interceptor, or a plumbing device that catches and collects grease, fat, and other solids before they enter your septic tank or wastewater system.  Restaurants and commercial businesses often have grease traps that need to be frequently cleaned, but are often overlooked. 



Why Should I Clean my Grease Trap?

Would you rather prevent damage or repair damage? Regular grease trap maintenance is the key to avoiding potential problems. A neglected grease trap can be very dangerous for your business. 

  • Grease is very flammable, and grease fires are not easy to contain. A clogged grease trap is a very serious fire hazard. 
  • Dirty or clogged grease traps can compromise your water system. Improper cleaning of utensils, dishes, and food poses a serious health risk to your customers and employees. 
  • A damaged grease trap can cost you up to $8,000. Repairing a damaged trap or cleaning a clogged one can save you thousands. 
  • A grease trap that is not regularly clean and pumped will begin to smell!

If your grease trap clogs, begins to smell, or fills up, CALL ASAP as soon as possible! We will send a licensed technician to your business where they will pump the grease from your trap and into our truck's holding tank. After our thorough and efficient cleaning, you are free to immediately return to business as usual! Our regular maintenance services will provide you instant satisfaction and make it possible for you to keep your business open. 

We want you and your business to be as successful as possible! ASAP will provide high-quality grease trap cleaning and pumping services for your businesses in Melba, Boise, Cascade, Mountain Home, and surrounding areas throughout Southwest Idaho. We love to help our customers gain confidence that their restaurants and commercial businesses can continue running safely and smoothly!

Whether it's an emergency grease trap cleaning or a scheduled maintenance visit, you can rely on ASAP to keep your business's grease trap and septic tank clean and functioning.

Buying a House with a Septic Tank

Buying a new home is exciting, whether it’s your first house or your twelfth. Finding a house that meets your needs, suits your lifestyle, and fits your budget in the Boise area can be a bit of a challenge.

Let’s say you’ve found the perfect property. You are looking over the property disclosure and you find out that it is on a septic system. You’ve heard rumors like, “Never buy a house with a septic tank,” and you know nothing about septic systems. It can feel a little scary.

Before you decide, learn about the pros and cons of a septic system.

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Septic Tank

Advantages:

1)                 You won’t pay expensive sewer fees.

When you are hooked up to the city sewer, you are sharing a system with the entire city. That means you pay the local government for sewer services. When you have a septic tank on your property, you service your own septic tank, as opposed to paying monthly fees that could increase at any time. If you pump and maintain your septic system properly, it can last from 25-50 years.

2)                 Septic systems last a long time when properly maintained.

A professionally installed, well-maintained septic system can last up to 50 years. Rarely will you have to replace the entire system. As long as you have your septic tank pumped every 1-3 years, depending on the size of your household, schedule annual inspections, and clear thegrease out of your drains, you will have a well-functioning system for a long time.

Disadvantages:

1)                 You have to be careful with what you flush.

If you have ever been on a public sewer system, you were able to flush just about anything with no trouble. With a septic tank, however, you need to be more careful of what you put down the drains. Paper towels, tampons, sanitary napkins, cotton balls, kitty litter, Clorox wipes, “flushable” wipes, household chemicals, and oils can be extremely damaging to septic systems. This can lead to sewage back-ups, putrid odors, and a host of other problems, and call for expensive repairs. It may take time to adjust, but flushing only toilet paper will keep your septic tank functioning at its best and save you money down the road.

2)                 Conserving water.

Shorter showers and alternating laundry days with the days you run the dishwasher might seem like a big adjustment, but there are advantages. It’s better for the environment and less taxing on your septic system and drain pipes, especially if you have several people living in your home. When you have a septic system, you should conserve water by running full laundry and dishwasher loads, and don’t do all your laundry on the same day.

Your dream home can still be a dream, even with a septic system. With the help of ASAP Septic, you can be sure your system will run well for years to come. For septic inspections and services, contact us at  (208) 991-7184 today.