Grease Trap Installation in San Diego
Ever since the summer of 1989, grease traps have been required in San Diego’s commercial restaurants and kitchens. Legislation was written because too many were sending large quantities of grease into the San Diego sewer system, blocking pipes and causing dangerous sewer spills.
As San Diego plumbers specializing in restaurant plumbing issues since 1980, we have talked quite a few restaurant owners out of sidestepping the grease trap in their kitchens. They often ask us, “do you think we can just get away with it?” and we deliver a resounding, “NO.”
Putting that amount of cooking oil and other grease down your pipes will create a blockage within months. A sewage spill follows. Once neighbors report sewage spills, the Food Establishment Wastewater Discharge program (FEWD) sends inspectors to the area to investigate every kitchen and restaurant. Using fiber optic video inspection and other technology, they determine which commercial establishments contributed to the blockage. The perpetrator then receives a Notice of Violation, fines, possible food permit revocations and even the termination of their sewer service.
Do You Need the Small Grease Trap or the Large Grease Interceptor?
About 3,000 San Diego restaurants and food service facilities have permits for the smaller grease trap, typically installed under kitchen sinks. Another 500 facilities have permits for grease interceptors, which are much larger units installed underground but close by. These permits typically go to high volume food service facilities like the military bases, the stadiums, hospitals and the San Diego airport. Fat, oil and grease (FOG) traps should be installed anywhere grease could enter the public sewer system: prep, pre-wash, and mop sinks, woks, trash compactors and floor drains.
Other Grease Trap Considerations for Restaurant Owners
We understand that there is a great deal of investment expenses involved in setting up a restaurant. Getting your grease traps installed correctly the first time will save you time and hassle in the long run.
Please keep in mind, too, that:
- Grease trap installation requires permitting;
- A licensed plumber with experience installing grease traps in commercial kitchens gets the job done right the first time;
- Purchase a grease trap large enough to accommodate growth in the business.
- Consider that pizza and burger restaurants may need a larger grease trap than specifications indicate. These restaurants create far more grease than a Japanese or vegetarian restaurant.
Perry Plumbing: San Diego’s Trusted Grease Trap and Interceptor Installer
For 35 years, Perry Plumbing has handled commercial grease trap installation for restaurants and other food facilities from Oceanside to Chula Vista and everywhere in between. There is no sink or floor drain too challenging for us to work with. Call us at 619-472-2112 or schedule an appointment here to start the permitting and installation process.