Commercial kitchens produce a huge volume and a wide variety of food on a daily basis. To ensure that these kitchens function properly, grease traps are essential to capture the large amounts of fats, oils, and grease that result from this large volume of cooking. If your kitchen has a grease trap, or if you know you need to install one, you’re probably familiar with the general concept. However, we’ve compiled a list of the top questions that grease trap owners ask to make sure you’re properly informed about maintenance and owning and grease trap.
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. What are the Risks of a Clogged Grease Trap?
As stated above, when your grease trap is clogged, it can lead to blockages that can cause damage to your plumbing and to your kitchen that can be both expensive and frustrating. However, these clogs can also lead to foul odors in your kitchen and your restaurant that will negatively impact the experience of your customers and employees. It can pose health hazards for your employees and guests as well, because of the fumes that result from the clogging grease. Finally, the buildup of grease in a grease trap can be a huge fire hazard and lead to dangerous and damaging kitchen fires.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. What Should I Know About Grease Trap Maintenance?
The most important part of grease trap maintenance is to regularly pump your grease trap. However, pumping your grease trap is not the only aspect of maintenance. When your grease trap is first installed, verify proper installation to avoid costly problems down the road. Watch for grease buildup in your trap to ensure it is pumped at the optimal frequency. Install strainers in your kitchen sinks to present large solids from entering and clogging your grease trap. Dispose of your food waste in compost or trash to avoid the same issue. Avoid pouring grease directly down your drain, as it will clog your pipes and overwork your grease trap. Finally, call in professionals if there are any problems with your trap avoid DIY maintenance at all costs to avoid expensive damage. Following these tips will help improve the longevity of your grease trap and maintain your kitchen as a safe and healthy environment.
6. 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.
7. What are the Signs That I Need to Pump My Grease Trap?
Sticking to a regular grease trap pumping schedule is a great way to ensure that your grease trap never becomes clogged. However, during busy times of the year, or particularly slow ones, you might need to alter the frequency of pumping. In these cases, it’s important to look for the signs of a full grease trap to keep your trap functioning optimally. First and foremost, check visually to see if it’s more than ¼ full. Bad odors in your kitchen and slow drainage in your plumbing, particularly your kitchen sinks, can also be signs that it’s time to pump your trap, as they are results of clogging. When you keep an eye out for these symptoms, you can prevent your grease trap from ever becoming an expensive and time-consuming problem to be fixed.
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 trap 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!