Grease Traps & Cooking Oil2019-10-22T18:19:25+00:00

Services for Grease Traps & Cooking Oil


The last thing you want is to cut corners by not pumping your grease trap. If your grease trap is not cleaned properly nor maintained with regularly occurring services, it can cause huge problems. Some of these problems include backups, store closures, overflows and regulatory violations. These fines can be substantial if a city inspector gets involved.  If you need accountability, compliance, manifests and technical knowledge, you need SLM. We are the restaurant facility and waste management experts. We take on the ownership of services so that you lessen difficulties that are caused without scrutiny of the traps.


SLM hires vendors who provide services on behalf of the clients we serve. We have found vendors do not always provide accurate information on quantity, value of the used fryer oil collected, dates collected or offer accurate accounting of oil rebates. We scrutinize monthly vendor rebate reports and have obtained thousands of dollars in refunds, so you get your money back. SLM watches the weights, dates of service and cleanliness of the pickups. We monitor the weights of oil coming from your containers and compare your overall trends. We also compare all reporting against the Jacobsen with a very sophisticated tracking system to assure you receive every single penny you are entitled to.

How We Will Help

  • Jetting and snaking
  • Plumbing associated with grease traps
  • Drain line cleaning
  • Scheduled services
  • Equipment recommendations or purchase
  • Vetted vendors
  • Monthly reporting
  • Trend tracking
  • Benchmark against your competition

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my container moved?2018-02-15T22:09:55+00:00

You may run into an issue where you need the UCO container moved. In such an instance, SLM can coordinate with the vendor to have the container temporarily relocated and moved back as need be. Some containers do have wheels, but if they have a significant amount of oil inside, they will be heavy and dangerous to move. Our vendors can come out with their trucks to move the containers.

How do I get a container replacement if it is not leaking?2018-02-15T22:09:18+00:00

If your container is older or has not been replaced in a few years, your vendor may provide you with a new container at no cost. Depending on the circumstances, however, your vendor may charge a one-time fee to replace the container.

My container is leaking. What should I do?2018-02-15T22:01:44+00:00

Check to make sure that it is actually leaking. What looks like a leak can often just be a small spill down the side of the tank. Make sure the tank and grate are clean and then verify the leak. Take pictures of where the tank is leaking from. Put down product to soak up any oil that may have already leaked onto the ground. If possible, put down a tray or mat to contain the leaking oil to a small area. Contact SLM and provide pictures of the tank, and we will schedule to have it replaced ASAP.

What do I do in the event of a cooking oil spill?2018-02-07T21:06:40+00:00

There are steps you and your team can take to prevent a cooking oil spill from occurring, but sometimes spills do happen anyway. SLM has a cooking oil spill procedure that when followed, helps to reduce the impact of a spill until a vendor can get onsite to clean up. That procedure can be found under ‘Cooking Oil Removal.’ The first thing you will want to do in the event of a large cooking oil spill is to call SLM. We will walk you through it!

How do I obtain a cooking oil receptacle?2018-02-07T21:05:56+00:00

When setting up cooking oil service, it is usually up to the vendor to provide the receptacle. Most offer containers of different sizes, in both tank and drum form, and will choose a container based on your needs and the space you have available. However, if you opt for an automatic cooking oil unit, such as a Frontline tank, the vendor will usually charge for the installation and the unit will then belong to you.

How often should my used cooking oil be picked up?2018-02-07T21:05:03+00:00

This depends entirely on how much oil is used at your establishment. If you produce a lot of fried food, your oil will likely need to be changed more often, and therefore removed on a more frequent schedule. If you only use your fryers for a few menu items, your pickups will not be as frequent.

How can I keep track of my grease trap pumping schedule?2018-02-07T21:04:22+00:00

You should be provided with a dated service manifest following grease trap pumping. These can be saved in a log book (recommended) so that all the service history is in one place. However, if you did not receive a manifest or do not know your last or next service date, one call to SLM will give you all the information you need. Our system tracks your service schedule and we are able to provide you with an update at any time.

How do I know the size of my grease trap?2018-02-07T21:03:46+00:00

If you have access to building plans for your establishment, the grease trap is usually included in those plans with the sizing marked off. If you have had grease trap service previously, you may also have been provided with a service manifest that should tell you how large the grease trap is. If there is no information available, SLM can send a vendor with a grease trap verification form to ascertain the sizing of your trap to ensure we are providing the best service and pricing possible.

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