Cafe Restaurant Plumbing

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Grease Trap Installations. No Loss of Trade. Meet Regulations

Costs & Information for Grease Trap Installations.

Types of Systems:

Above ground or below ground.

Plastic , Concrete or Fibreglass. Possibility of Under sink Grease Traps.

What price can I expect to pay?

How Much Does A Grease Trap Cost To Install?

This is a very open ended question.  Of course the price of any grease trap installation comes down to the size of the grease trap and the position it which it will be install in.

Example a 5000 litre grease trap installed below a restaurant will be 10 times the cost of a 1000 litre grease trap being installed outside the back door of the local bakery.  The bakery could cost for a in ground grease trap tank system between $14000-25000 and the 5000 litre system could be anywhere from $25000-60000.  Each job is truly on a case by case bases.

Grease Trap Regulations

The main requirement involve the Water Authorities the Department of Fair Trading and the Health Department. Issues that are critical to a successful grease trap installation are the Venting system, Drainage and Backflow Prevention which is a water safety device that required on every grease trap install.

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Pictures of Above and Below Ground Grease Trap Installation Options

Grease Trap Fibre Glass 1000lt  Grease Trap Small Pizza Hut      

Grease Trap Sydney Repairs or New Cafe, Bakery or Restaurant Trade Waste Requirements.

Grease Trap Installations whether it be a replacement or a brand new installation need to comply with the regulations that are extensive. All Councils and Water Authorities are extremely concerned about grease traps being installed incorrectly. For this reason only use a plumber with proof of experience.

When a Grease Trap Needs Repair or a Replacement

Grease Trap Repairs and Replacements are very common as most of the Grease Traps in Sydney that were installed were made from fibre glass or concrete. Concrete and fibreglass grease traps breakdown and end up collapsing inwards.  There may be a better options or grease trap tanks available then the one you already may have.  In most cases we can reuse the existing location and make the hole larger and install a much better and sometimes a cheaper yet higher quality grease trap system. Read More

Common Concerns Regarding Grease Trap Installations

Installing the Grease Trap in Sydney whether above or below the ground plastic, concrete or fibreglass is only about 60% of the job completed when is comes to gaining an approval from the local Water Authority and the Trade Waste Inspector.

Extras in relation to gaining approval for your grease trap may seem unrelated but are 100% required. Some of these requirements are the designing of the drainage and the venting system which is always unique to any grease trap installation, Water safety or protection devices or what is called in the industry “Backflow Prevention Devices”, and certain floor drainage components such as “Basket Traps and Strainers” among others are also a requirement.

Our aim is to provide you with a quotation that includes all of the requirements that will meet all of the Local Water Authorities approval needs. You may feel that our quote is higher then others that have priced your job but we can assure you that we do not hide information with the purpose of gaining variations later or misleading you.

Variations that may come up are only if you change your plans or if we hit rock or obstacles like electrical pipes that prevent the work from carrying on as per plan during excavation work. These are mentioned in all of our quotations. All of our prices are open from the beginning so you are aware of the total cost to gain the appropriate approval.

We look forward to hearing from you soon. Call us for advice on sizing, diagrams, cleaning, details you require for your restaurants.  We are more then happy to help.

Scooper Plumbing has the experience to install a wide variety of Grease Traps in an array of different property configurations. Grease Trap Systems that you may be aware of are below ground to above ground tanks. We have also installed Grease Traps on the top of a building to others that are just behind the kitchen wall. We are able to work out the diagram and communication with the local inspectors to comply with there instructions in the best possible so as to have your Grease Trap installed at your business at a fast as possible and totally to the water authorities requirements.

Information on above and below ground grease trap option

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Above Ground Grease Trap or In-Ground Grease Trap?

Can I have an above ground Grease Trap tank instead of an in-ground Grease Trap?

Answer:     You can, but if the kitchen floor is lower then the top of the Grease Trap then in this case you will need a pump system to push the water into the top of the grease trap.  Pump systems are not aproved in every State. The pumps are costly and sometimes the installation costs are very similar between an above ground and an in-ground grease trap system.
If gravity fall is not obtainable on a below ground system then Risers can be an option in some councils.
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Property Owners Installing Grease Traps For Tenants

One Grease Trap Instead of Multiple Grease Traps on the One Property

If you need more then one grease trap at your property for your tenants you may be able to glean a little bit of information from this article.  This article is based on one of our latest jobs.

Lets say you own a six pack of shops and 3 independent shops require a grease traps. One for the Cafe, another a Pizza shop and a Thai Restaurant.  This will cost you say around $50k instead of I perphaps $45k for one big 3000 litre grease trap.

Please Note:  Not all Councils and Water Authorities allow one grease trap for multiple shops.  They don’t want tenants arguing over who produces the most grease and fats and should be paying more for the scheduled grease trap pump out.  In these cases they make a blanket rule to only allow one grease trap per business/ shop.

The benefit of installing one big one whether 3000-5000 litres is that any and all of your shops can be rented out as a food outlet. They yield higher returns as you well know. The Local Water Authority will require an application that will put your building on notice so to speak, but it is the only way to get them to allow you to install one large system.  Where you stand right now is that three grease traps are needed.  If you install one for the pizza shop Local Water Authority will need to inspect it. They will want to know where are the grease traps for the other two shops.  This puts you in a bit of a corner.  It’s always best to go to them then them come after you.

Having three separate systems will create a mass of pipes running up the outside wall.  It will get messy.  One system will allow for each shop currently requiring a grease trap to be connected and provisions will be made for easy connection for any cafe in the future. I believe this is the best long term solution.  It also will work out cheaper.

Points to keep in mind.  When dealing with your Local Water Authority that you must bring this across.

The best outcome is one that both you and the Water Authority are both happy with.  Most Inspectors and Water Authority Representative are good and reasonable.

This option may only be allowed if space is limited

  1. Potential of having all of your shops as food outlets.  Your argument needs to be that 3 of your shops are already food outlets and if another wanted to move in there is no more in ground room for another tank.  You want a maintenance free system and are aiming to avoid using pumps and above ground tanks. Local Water Authorities likes “gravity systems”.
  2. You want to strike a balance between the fact that not all shops will be cafes, restaurants, so you don’t want to have to get the biggest possible system which is 5000 litres.  3000 litre should be big enough for the low amount of kitchen sink litres used per day.  They may want though a 1000 litre allowance per shop up to a max of 5000 litres.  This is out of our hands and we can not decide on this ourselves.  It’s their decision.  They are reasonable sometimes though.
  3. Your Local Water Authority will send you a letter outlining what they will require and then we can go ahead.
  4. They may want to know who is responsible for the grease trap to be cleaned out.  This will need to fall onto your business.  You will need to express that the empting of the grease trap is built into each tenants rent.  They will put your grease trap on a empting cycle.  Could be 3-12 months between empting. The bigger the system the cheaper the cleaning companies charge to empty it per litre.
  5. Keep in mind that grease trap are required only for the cleaning of dishes.  Take aways and Cafes with few dishes have a small impact.  Sit down restaurants are greater in their need for cleaning.  A large shopping centre can have only a 5000 litre system.  The only utensils needing cleaning are the ones used for cooking.  No dishes.  Something to discuss with the Local Water Authority Rep/ Inspector.

Hope this info helps.  Sorry about the bad news.  It’s not cheap fitting these systems.  If you have any questions just send me a email.


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Grease Trap Pump Repairs

Emergency Grease Trap Pump Repairs or Replacements
Warning. Disgusting Grease Trap Pit image below.
In many of these situations urgency is high on the agenda.  Loss of trade can be costly and you also don’t want too many people knowing that the drains have overflowed in the kitchen either.  We aim to be as quick as possible with our grease trap pump repairs and in the process keep your feet dry.
The grease trap pit image here is of a Cafe that was unable to trade while the water was overflowing in their kitchen. We quickly came out and found that the pump had died.  We have very quick access to excellent replacement pumps. So out with the old and in with the new grease trap pump. Bobs your uncle and they were up and running again and I even got lunch and a coffee.
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