Repairing A Cracked Or Damaged Grease Trap

Is Repairing A Cracked Or Damaged Grease Trap Possible?

Short Answer: No

Long Answer: Yes

Some grease traps can be and other grease traps can not.

Also depends on accessibility. Some commercial kitchens and restaurants have concrete, plastic or fibreglass grease traps in the most inaccessible place known to man. Having said that though, sometimes the only solution in this scenario is to repair. Please read and see if your system is repairable.

Concrete Grease Traps

Concrete Grease Traps are possible to repair.  It takes great effort and expense to do so though.  The cracked area needs to be cut away and patched up according the the best practices to bond concrete.  The whole concrete grease trap needs to be ground back to a rough surface and a very high quality resin needs to be used to bond to the concrete grease trap walls and base and to make a completely water tight seal.  Off course this procedure is more involved then what we have just mentioned but you may get the idea that this can be done but will be costly.  In some cases this is your only option and replacing the concrete grease trap system will not be possible.

Plastic Grease Traps

Plastic Grease Traps are less likely to need repairing as they are long lasting and durable.  But for this example lets look at how they can be repaired.  If there has been a break or crack in the plastic grease trap it needs to cleaned out thoroughly and sanded back to a raw plastic surface with no contaminates around the damaged area.  A large piece of plastic provided to you by the grease trap manufacturer can be plastic welded over the damaged area on the plastic grease trap.  If this is done correctly it will be a permanent repair.  This makes plastic grease traps long term friendly.

Fibre Glass Grease Traps

Like Plastic Grease Traps, Fibre Glass Grease Traps can be repaired.  In much of a similar way also.  The break or crack area needs to be thoroughly cleaned and sanded back to a raw fibre glass surface with no contaminates.  A large piece of fibre glass needs to be applied over the damaged area on the fibre glass grease trap.  If this is done correctly it can be a long lasting repair.  This would be a good opportunity to re glass the whole grease trap tank as they age and the fibres start to pull away from the walls.  But to answer the initial question, fibre glass tanks can be repair successfully.

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How To Choose A Grease Trap Plumber

How To Choose A Grease Trap Plumber

Whether you choose to use Scooper Plumbing or not, please make sure that you choose a plumber that has lots of experience installing Grease Traps. Here are some good sound reasons for this.

1:  If the plumber is not familiar with the extensive amount of regulations surrounding any grease trap installations, then in most cases the grease trap may be installed incorrectly.  If this is the case, your business will be unable to be opened until the Water Authority has given it’s approval.  In some cases you may be forced to have the non compliant grease trap installation rectified before they will issue you a final approval.  This may cost you thousands in lost revenue, plus a large extras bill for work that was not allowed for in the initial quote.

2: The plumber who is not so experienced may promote a system that is technically ok, but not the best or cheapest option for your business.  Sometimes a long term view and a minor change at the construction stage may save thousands over the next 5 year period as well as long into the future.

3:  The wrong choice of grease trap and the wrong sizing can be a thorn in the flesh.  Pump systems are great and in some cases they are the only possible option. But they come with a bitter twist as they fail when you are at your busiest period in the week.  We always seem to have to attend to grease trap pump failures at 9PM on a Friday or Saturday night to attempt to repair a blocked or burnt out grease trap pump system.  Try to visualise the kitchen floor with all your staff working with a few inches of drain water around their feet and everything now up off the floor and on the benches and you this are trying to serve customers ad not them know anything has gone wrong or the food is not contaminated in anyway.

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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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Rinnai Infinity 26 Installation

Rinnai Infinity 26 Installed $1850. $150 Rebate This Week Only

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Rinnai Infinity 26 Installed for $1899

Rinnai Infinity 26 Installation

Rinnai Infinity 26, 6.1 STAR Energy Rated Continuous Flow Gas Hot Water System Installed for Only $1850

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What is Included: 

  • Installation of the NEW Rinnai Infinity 26, 6.1 STAR Energy Rated Continuous Gas Hot Water Heater installed on the wall. All fixings Supplied.Other Rinnai system options are the b26 and the Rinnai 26 Touch and the Rinnai 32
  • Connections made to Water & Gas pipes.  Pipes must be at least a 20mm gas pipe and a 20mm water pipe.  The hot water pipe will connect on to the existing hot water piping system in the most efficient spot or where you prefer.
  • Delivery of the Hot water heater is included
  • Includes labour plumbing valves, fixings, Copper bends & parts and 4 metres of copper tube
  • Over 4 metres of copper tube is charged at an extra $49 a metre. Which includes labour, copper, parts, bends and Gas for Welding
  • Includes electrical disconnection.
  • electrical disconnection 
  • the system also comes with a manual for troubleshooting, not that you will have any problems. It’s a Rinnai after all.
  • What is Excluded:
  • Does not include Electrical work for a power point or the old electric hot water heater power being isolated at the meter.  An Electrician can be arranged if you wish.  Average cost $150.
  • Controller installation is not included in this package. Time to install a controller is about 1 hour each if accessible through walls or under the floor.  Some houses are to difficult or to costly to run one or multiple controllers.
  • Any questions, Please do not hesitate to Call me.

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