Grease trap pumping in Wilmington, NC is required at regular intervals for commercial businesses in order for them to comply with North Carolina’s new FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) regulations. The regulations were put in place because in the Tar Heel State, animal fats and vegetable oils from food handling facilities are the leading cause of sanitary sewer overflows.
How Does Pumping Grease Traps Help Control Sewer Overflows
Grease traps do just as their name implies – they trap grease, fat, oils and other non-human waste products and keep them from entering the public sewer system where it can contaminate and pollute the local ecosystem. When these systems become clogged, the waste will overflow into sink and floor drains and sewer lines. This will cause foul odors to leak into your restaurant or business and sometimes, repairing the problem can not only be expensive, but it can force one’s restaurant to have to shut down for a certain period of time.
In severe cases, the waste can build up in city sewer lines, causing a large scale blockage and sometimes the sewer lines can even break as a result of the strain, allowing dirty sewer water to enter the local waterways.
How Often Should a Grease Trap Be Pumped?
The length of time between grease trap cleanings is determined by the individual business or restaurant because different places have different waste criteria, but in North Carolina, no cleaning interval can exceed 30 days. When you schedule your grease trap to be cleaned out, the technician can provide you with a recommended schedule based on the tank’s capacity and the amount of business the restaurant has given days.
Failure to have a grease trap cleaned out regularly could place your business at an increased risk of being fined or penalized by the City of Wilmington and the State of North Carolina.
- Businesses found guilty of being the source of a sewer blockage can be fined a minimum of $500.
- Businesses found guilty of being the source of a sanitary sewer overflow can be fined a minimum of $1,000.
- Businesses found guilty of falsifying their grease trap pumping records can be fined a minimum of $1,000.
Fines in North Carolina for failing to follow FOG guidelines can be as high as, but no greater than $10,000.
Schedule Your Grease Trap to Be Cleaned Out Today
If it’s been longer than 30 days since your grease trap has been pumped out, protect your business or restaurant and schedule your grease trap to be cleaned out immediately. Don’t wait for your system to start showing signs of a clog or failure before you have it serviced. Contact Lewis Farms and Liquid Waste, Inc. today to schedule professional grease trap pumping in Wilmington, NC.
Lewis Farms and Liquid Waste, Inc. can be reached by calling toll-free 800-624-2979 or, if you have an emergency problem with your grease trap, please call our emergency hotline at 910-604-0049. We are licensed and insured and offer professional septic tank and grease trap maintenance and repair services in Wilmington, NC and throughout the eastern counties of the state.