Grease Trap Services for Restaurants

Western Washington is home to the most diverse array of exceptional Food Service Establishments (FSE) in the Pacific Northwest. From the 5-star restaurants of Seattle to the local cafés and gastropubs of Tacoma, there is no shortage of options for an incredible meal in the greater Puget Sound area.

Despite their differences, the one thing every FSE has in common is the need for proper management of food waste and FOG (fats, oils, and grease). This includes the installation and regular maintenance of grease traps.

Restaurants and FSEs are the largest and most consistent producers of fats, oils, and grease. FOG can cause a lot of problems for your business, such as obstructing pipes and sewer lines. This can result in waste backup, terrible odors, health hazards, and incur severe financial and operational penalties for your business from your city, all resulting in potential loss of business.


Does My Restaurant Need a Grease Trap?

A common misconception among FSE owners is that grease traps are exclusively for collecting grease. In fact, many FSE owners have asked us if they even need a grease trap, since their business does not serve fried food or use any cooking oil.

The truth is that whether you own a small café that serves coffee and salads or a drive-thru burger stand, most FSEs have food items that produce some amount of FOG. FOG does not only come from fried foods; in fact, FOG can be generated by a number of common sources you might not expect, such as:

  • Creams and Sauces

  • Dairy Products (Milk, Creams, Cheese, etc.)

  • Salad Dressings

  • Mayonnaise

  • Butter & Margarine

  • Cooking Oil

  • Meat Fats

  • Food Scraps

The fats, oils, and grease generated by these sources are normally not in their pure solid form when they are washed down the sink. Once they make their way down the drain and have time to cool, they can solidify and start causing problems. This is why it is a statewide requirement that all FOG-producing FSEs have installed an appropriately-sized grease trap.


How Often Should My Restaurant Clean its Grease Trap?

How often a restaurant has its grease traps cleaned varies from business to business. A functioning grease trap captures fats, oils, and grease as well as solid food waste, and separates them from the wastewater before it makes it into the sewer.

In order for it to do so effectively, the amount of FOG in your grease trap tank must never exceed 25% capacity, or else FOG may start being discharged into your sewer line. High FOG output FSEs may require cleaning on a weekly basis, whereas lower FOG output establishments may only need them cleaned on monthly basis.

Restaurant Grease Trap Cleaning

The Leading Grease Trap Cleaning and Repair Services in the Pacific Northwest!

Since 2011, West Coast Grease Traps has been providing comprehensive grease trap cleaning, repair, installation, and maintenance services for the many restaurants and FSEs of King and Pierce County. We are highly knowledgeable about the different municipal requirements facing restaurants and FSEs in the Puget Sound area.

We can help you identify the most appropriate grease trap for your business, and can install all above-ground grease traps. We also help restaurant owners develop detailed, custom-tailored maintenance plans and FOG Best Management Practices to ensure compliance with local municipal code, keeping your kitchen and grease traps operating uninterrupted!

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As Washington’s fastest growing grease trap service provider, we take pride in what we do. We want to be a part of your business’s ongoing grease trap cleaning and maintenance solutions.