Grease traps play an important role in the function of any commercial kitchen. Like any other piece of equipment, they need care and attention in order to do their job. Grease trap cleaning is a necessary part of maintenance and care.
Grease traps catch oils and fats so they don’t end up in the sewer lines where they can clog up plumbing. However, when a grease trap accumulates a certain amount of oils, fats, and other solids, it can cause a number of issues. Poor drainage, backups, and foul odors are all signs your grease trap is overfull.
To prevent these issues, periodic and regular maintenance is imperative. Emptying out and cleaning the traps before blockages and drainage issues occur saves time and money. The frequency of needed cleaning varies depending on the size and busyness of your business. With very light use of the grease trap, simply paying attention to the function of the trap and cleaning when necessary may be sufficient. For heavier use, and especially if you notice frequent odor and backup and drain problems, you might consider a routine cleaning schedule. It could be monthly, weekly, or even bi-weekly.
Grease traps are a necessary evil in the restaurant world. Preventative maintenance of grease traps can greatly reduce the risk of costly emergency plumbing repairs. It saves time, money, and the inconvenience of service interruption.
If you notice the signs of an overfilled grease trap or would like to schedule an inspection and cleaning, contact us today.