Shopping malls, food courts and restaurants often deal with grease traps found in basements, crawl spaces and suspended in ceilings. Without effective maintenance, these traps can lead to clogged drains and pipes, producing a foul odour. Our preventative maintenance will help keep your restaurant running to assist in avoiding costly operational downtime. Please contact us about our effective scheduled maintenance plans. Reaching these hidden traps is the job of an expert. A-1 Environmental Services, with our specialized equipment, can easily access those hard to reach pits, gutters, and grease traps in Winnipeg. We use our 50-gallon mobile vacuum units to pump up the liquid grease waste (vs liquid material) for those hard to reach grease traps. We use our specialized trucks to get the job done to pump and dispose of the easy to reach grease traps.


Please contact us about our line jetting service and grease trap cleaning to keep your drains and pipes healthy and flowing. If these services are combined on a regular basis, there will be no backups or stoppages. Our grease trap pumping and maintenance services are ideal for commercial kitchens where grease production is substantial. You can reach us now to save yourself from any trouble later on.

What is a Grease Trap?

A grease trap, also known as an interceptor, is a plumbing device. It is usually used to collect grease and prevent it from going down your drains. When it comes to grease trap installations, it is always advisable to get it done by a licensed plumber.

Per the law, if your business or company falls under commercial, institutional, or food service, you must have grease trap installed. Fat, oil, and grease harden upon cooling and get stuck at your sewer pipes' inner lining, eventually leading to a blockage.

When Do You Need to Clean Your Grease Traps?

According to the laws stated by Winnipeg, your grease traps need to be cleaned weekly. Once your grease traps are about 50% full, they must be cleaned more often. If you do not maintain a weekly routine of cleaning your grease traps, it can escalate to severe problems, including clogging the city's sewer system.

In most cases, the routine clean-up for your grease tarps depends on how much grease you are producing and the size of your unit. According to the city laws, it is recommended to clean your under-the-sink grease traps once a week. It is considered to be the best practice for you to follow to avoid severe plumbing problems.

Importance of Proper Maintenance for Grease Traps

When you are cleaning your grease traps, it is mandatory to keep a maintenance log to indicate how often you perform the process. The maintenance log contains information such as how full was your grease trap when it was drained, along with other essential details.

The law requires you to ensure that maintenance is performed regularly. By-laws also require you to keep the grease trap maintenance records for the past 12 months for inspection(s). At A-1 Environmental Services, we can help you reduce the amount of grease and oil that goes to your grease trap.

We also offer used oil recycling services. Proper maintenance of your grease traps limits the damage that is caused to our environment.

How Can You Limit the Amount Oil and Grease Going Into a Grease Trap?

You can follow the most basic practice by disposing of the grease and oil through garbage instead of your drains. Below are some tips to help reduce the grease and oil volume that goes into your grease trap.

  • Use dry paper towels to wipe the grease from your cookware before washing it in the dishwasher or sink.
  • Use strainers to catch food waste and empty it into the garbage later.
  • Always put greasy food in your garbage and not in the waste food grinders to prevent grease accumulation.
  • Do not pour your cooking oil or any greasy liquids down your drains. Instead, you can freeze it and throw it in your garbage.

Grease Trap Cleaning in Winnipeg

When was the last time you got your grease trap cleaned and serviced by an expert? We offer customized and scheduled maintenance to prevent sewer backups and costly downtime. Let our team look at your traps to ensure nothing is wrong! Schedule a service today.