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postheadericon Grease Trap Pumping Frequency

Do you know what the major cause of pre-mature commercial septic system failure is?

 Lack of Pumping of The Exterior Grease Trap


Exterior grease pumping frequency uses similar guidelines as septic tank pumping:

  • When the grease depth is equal 25% of the depth of the water level in the grease trap.
    •  for example in a 1000 gallon grease trap that is 4 feet deep- you would pump the total grease dept in the tank- floating on top and the sludge on the bottom of the tank- is 1 foot deep.
  • Water temperature- if the water temperature in the grease trap is greater than 110 degrees.
    • When the water tempature is too hot, the grease stay suspended in the water and will flow to the septic tank and can damage the drain field if the grease moves beyond the septic tank.

Many local health departments on Cape Cod require the grease trap to be completely pumped twice per year even if the grease trap depth is less than the 25% rule.

Property Owners and Property Managers with Septic Systems and or Grease Traps.

  • The Rooterman of Cape Cod- and the Septic Doctor recommend that you do not leave the grease trap pumping and septic pumping to the restaurants leasing your property.
  • We are called to many commercial properties, where the restaurant operator, was responsible for pumping that was not done as required in the lease and or required by the health departments only to find the leaching field is failed because the grease trap has not been pumped as required.

If septic drain field fails- the restaurant can’t operated and they will not be able to pay you the rent!

Protect Your Property and Septic System!

Order The Pumping of the Grease Trap for the Tenant of Your Property

Call Rooter Man of Cape Cod or the Septic Doctor for Septic and Grease Trap Pumping


postheadericon Cape Cod Septic System Pumping Frequency

We are often asked how often should septic tanks be pumped on Cape Cod?

The technical answer to pumping frequency is when the level of solids at the bottom of the tanks- sludge- and what is floating on top of the water- scum- is 25%  the depth of the water level in the septic tank.  As an example- if the tank is 4 feet deep and the sludge and scum in the septic tank is 1 foot in depth it should be pumped.

These are general guide lines for the average home owner:

  1. Homes with garbage disposals- yearly
  2. Summer Homes and Seasonal Usage- every two to four years.
  3. Homes with cesspools- Yearly-at the end of the season- it is very important to remove the solids from the system and let it dry out and rest over the fall and winter months.
  4. Septic Systems younger than 8 years old- every two years,
  5. Older systems- yearly.

Do you know that the septic system is probably the most expensive mechanical system attached to your home. It is just as important to pump on a regular basis, as it is to change the oil in your car.  If you dont pump often enough the system will fail prematurely.

Call the Rooter Man of Cape Cod for all your septic pumping-