When grease traps are no longer working properly, it’s time to call in a professional—quickly. Malfunctioning grease traps allow excess fats, oils, and grease (FOG) to enter your sewer system, which can create foul odors, clogs, and backups.
Some grease trap issues can be resolved quickly and economically with just a few replacement parts. But if you need a completely new unit, a professional can help you determine the correct size and type. In addition, you should evaluate your choices based on:
- ease of maintenance
- availability of parts
- code compliance
Did You Know: When grease has accumulated to 25% of a trap’s capacity, it should be pumped out and completely cleaned—including scraping down the sides and bottom of the trap. More info here.
What’s this going to cost me?
Although it’s true that grease trap replacement costs can be significant, it’s important to think through your total cost of ownership (TOC), not just the sticker price of the unit itself. For example, if you choose a smaller, less efficient, less expensive trap, you may be at risk for failures and fines in the future. A plumbing professional can help you weigh a number of TOC factors, including:
- purchase price, which will depend on the type and size of trap you require
- ongoing maintenance/cleaning
- likelihood of failures/downtime
Regardless of the trap you choose, removal of the old unit and installation of the replacement requires professional experience. Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer has been replacing grease traps in St. Louis restaurants for more than 30 years. Contact us today at 314-645-6350 or here for more information or to request a bid.
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