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Pop-A-Lid provides a wide range of pumping services that include septic tanks and grease traps. We also specialize in septic installations and repairs. Along with providing portable restroom rentals.

Grease Traps


Grease trap maintenance is vital to the smooth operation of a commercial kitchen. Neglected grease traps not only smell really bad, but also can be a safety hazard to those around it. Grease traps are tanks with baffles that are designed to allow the grease and wastewater from kitchens to be separated from the water. It is important that the grease is removed from the water before the water escapes into the municipal sewer system, but it is even more important for the grease to be removed from water that is going into an onsite liquid waste system. Periodically pumping the grease trap is the only way to keep the grease trap in working order. If the trap becomes overfull with grease it will allow the excess grease to be released into the sewer. Once the grease is in the system it clogs the pipes and causes major backups that cost more money to clean up, and some hefty fines from the municipality in which it is located.


The City of Austin requires “all grease traps be cleaned at least once every three months. Furthermore, the requirement states that all traps must be cleaned when grease and solids accumulation in the final compartment reaches 50% or more of the wetted height of the grease trap, meaning that many traps will have to be cleaned more often than the once every three months minimum.- Chapter 15-10 of the Austin City Code”

*If you are not in the City of Austin limits please check with your local municipality to verify the required minimum length for grease trap pumping.


We offer maintenance contracts for grease trap services!


Septic Systems


There are many types of septic systems today. The one form of maintenance they all require is regular pumping . Think of this service the same as having the oil & filter changed in your car. The septic tank functions as a filter for separating the liquids from the solids. As solids enter the tank they initially float on the top (scum layer) until they eventually break down and settle at the bottom of the tank (sludge). The water layer between the sludge and scum layer (effluent) is allowed to exit the tank with properly placed baffles at the top of the tank which blocks the scum layer. Failing to have your tank pumped regularly allows the sludge layer and the scum layer to buildup to a point where the baffles become ineffective. Solids may then be forced out to the field and cause premature failure of your septic system; which can lead to having to replace the system or very costly repairs.


If you are a new septic system owner and have no idea of the prior maintenance; we always advise starting with septic pumping. Our licensed technicians will then give you recommendations for future maintenance.


“Septic systems are ones of the most important appliance, and not to mention expensive to replace; and it’s the one people pay the least attention to.” Alex Vargas

And many more...

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