Grease traps are an important part of any restaurant kitchen. Despite their functionality, many restaurant owners do not fully understand their importance. Knowing the facts about grease traps can ensure that your grease trap functions properly and receives proper maintenance. Here are some of the common questions people have about grease traps.
1. Why is Grease a Problem?
You might wonder why a grease trap is even necessary. Grease is a problem for your plumbing because it can collect and create blockage in your pipes. This blockage can lead to damage of the system and cause health problems due to wastewater buildup. Additionally when a blockage gets large enough, it can cause an overflow of wastewater, which can damage not only your plumbing, but your floors and other parts of your property as well.
2. How Does a Grease Trap Work?
Simply put, grease traps work by trapping all of the grease produced by food preparation in your kitchen. A grease trap will catch grease and solid waste, allowing only wastewater to pass through pipes. Once this wastewater is free of solids, it can be treated and released into the ground. Click here for a more in-depth look at how grease traps work.
3. Who Needs a Grease Trap?
If your kitchen does not cook greasy food or only prepares small quantities of food, you might think that you can do without a grease trap. However, any commercial establishment with a kitchen is required by law to have a grease trap. Even if your food is not particularly greasy, all food preparation introduces some level of grease or oil discharge. Therefore, if you have a commercial property with a kitchen, you need a grease trap.
4. How Often Should My Grease Trap be Pumped?
Regular maintenance is essential to the functionality of a grease trap. Your grease trap should be pumped on a regular schedule, depending on your usage When food and grease fill up 25-33% of your trap, it should be pumped to prevent overflow. Although the frequency at which your trap should be pumped depends on various factors such as the size of the trap, the amount of food prepared, the type of food prepared, and your dish cleaning practices, in general, a grease trap should be pumped about once a week.
ADB Septic | CT Grease Trap Services
It's likely that you don't often think about your grease traps, which is more than understandable considering the other priorities involved with running a successful restaurant. That's why our team at ADB Septic is more than happy to take care of your grease grap cleaning for you.We offer a wide variety of services including regular pumping and service contracts, accurate record keeping and reporting, hi-pressure jetting, and 24-hour emergency service. Whatever your grease trap needs are, we can help!