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Grease Trap Emptying

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Universal Tankers regularly assists commercial properties with grease trap cleaning, and our drainage system experts can offer advice on environmental law compliance.

Regular and professional emptying of grease traps is essential to prevent overflows and maintain system efficiency. At Universal Tankers, our cleaning service ensures you comply with your legal obligations. Our processes are meticulous, involving complete traceability with waste transfer notes to verify that all FOG is disposed of in accordance with regulation guidelines. No job is too big or too complicated.

Our extensive network, spanning 19 depots across England and Scotland, guarantees that our grease trap emptying services are accessible to you. If you are seeking general advice or need immediate assistance with a grease trap, we are just a call away.

For more information on how we can help you, or to get a quote, call our England team today on 0800 180 4474 or our Scotland team on 01236 434422. Alternatively, fill out our fill in our contact form and we will call you back at a time best suited for you.


Why Choose Universal Tankers for Grease Trap Emptying Services

With over 25 years in the wastewater and drainage systems management industry, Universal Tankers offers expertise and understanding of residential and commercial needs. As a family-owned business, we pride ourselves on offering a professional and personal service. We tailor our services to meet the unique needs of each customer, from individual homeowners to large commercial establishments, ensuring a solution that is both effective and budget-friendly.

We adhere strictly to environmental laws and regulations, helping you comply with legislation to avoid potential fines. Our commitment to environmental stewardship is demonstrated by our adherence to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), and other accolades that emphasise safety, efficiency and environmental awareness.

Universal Tankers invests in the latest technologies and maintains a fleet of advanced equipment, including tankers that can traverse even the most rural parts of the UK. Whether handling an automatic grease trap or servicing an external grease trap, our tools and techniques are designed to provide the most efficient service possible, minimising disruption and maximising effectiveness.

Our operators are extensively trained to ensure that we are prepared for every job and ready to be thorough, with full compliance with health and safety standards. Each service includes full traceability with a waste transfer note, ensuring that your waste is disposed of responsibly and according to regulation.

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Why Are Grease Traps Necessary?

Nearly half a million tonnes of grease and fat enter the UK sewerage system every year. Grease sticks to pipe walls, which can eventually lead to blockages, while fats and oils damage wastewater treatment equipment, costing municipalities millions in repairs every year. If allowed to enter a natural water course, fats, oils and grease (FOG) can cause serious damage to the environment.

For these reasons, legislation ensuring that the correct FOG management is used by foodservice operators is heavily enforced. Polluters can face large fines or even closure for businesses if FOG waste is not managed effectively. 


Grease traps and gravity grease traps are readily available, and both businesses and residential properties should make use of them to limit their FOG pollution contribution to the sewers.

Our Grease Trap Services for Commercial Needs

Effective wastewater management is a must for commercial enterprises, especially in industries such as hospitality, where food waste can mix with wastewater and lead to drain blockages. If your establishment prepares hot food, it is likely your operations produce FOG waste that may end up in your water. To avoid this, your premises must have a grease trap installed, and you will need to arrange for its cleaning.

Commercial premises are also likely to deal with higher volumes of wastewater that can lead to significant system strains. Grease trap blockages can cause disruptions, potentially halting operations and attracting hefty fines due to non-compliance with health and safety regulations.

Universal Tankers provides comprehensive wastewater management services tailored to the needs of commercial clients. Our offerings include regular grease trap emptying, customised maintenance plans, and swift emergency response to keep your operations running without interruption. We cater to all sizes of commercial facilities, providing scalable solutions that ensure your wastewater management systems are efficient and compliant with all regulatory standards.

Ensure your business is backed by the best in wastewater management. Contact Universal Tankers now to discuss your commercial grease trap needs. Let us help you design a service plan that keeps your operations smooth and compliant. Schedule an expert consultation today for professional waste management by calling us.

FAQs About Grease Traps 

What is a grease trap? 

A grease trap is a plumbing device designed to intercept greases and solids before they enter a wastewater disposal system. Commonly used in commercial kitchens and restaurants, grease traps prevent fat, oil, and grease from clogging and damaging the sewage system. By capturing these substances, grease traps maintain the functionality of the wastewater system and prevent environmental pollution.

How does a grease trap work?

A grease trap works on the principle that fat, oil, and grease are less dense than water and will separate from it when given the chance. Here is how it typically functions:


  1. Inflow: wastewater containing FOG enters the grease trap from the kitchen’s sinks and dishwashers.

  2. Cooling and separation: as the wastewater cools, the oil and grease begin to solidify and float to the surface, forming a layer of scum. Meanwhile, heavier solids settle at the bottom of the trap, forming a layer of sludge.

  3. Retention: the grease trap retains the wastewater long enough to allow this separation process to occur. The size of the trap and the flow rate of the water through it dictate the efficiency of the separation.

  4. Outflow: the middle layer of relatively clean water then exits the trap and proceeds into the sewage system, leaving the separated FOG and solids behind to be periodically cleaned out and disposed of properly.


Proper maintenance and regular cleaning are essential to ensure that a grease trap continues to operate effectively, preventing overflow, minimising odours, and reducing the risk of blockages or back-ups in the plumbing system.


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To get a free quote from our experts, contact our team today. Simply call us on 0800 180 4474 (England and Wales) or 01236 444322 (Scotland), or fill out our contact form and we will call you back.

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