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How Often Should Restaurant Grease Traps Be Cleaned?

Posted by ADB Septic on August 24, 2017

Grease Trap PumpingIf you own a restaurant or commercial kitchen, it’s likely that you are familiar with your grease trap and the basics of how it functions. In fact, local health and safety regulations in your state mandate that all commercial kitchens have processes in places to manage excess cooking oil and grease trough the use of a grease trap system.

If you own a restaurant, your grease trap needs to be pumped at regular intervals, if you want to ensure that it remains functional for all of your cooking and kitchen preparation needs.

Be sure to get in touch with your local septic services company right away, when you notice your grease trap showing signs of clogging or overflowing. Professionals will be able to safely and effectively remove any blockages from your grease trap system, allowing you to rest assured that your restaurant’s kitchen will pass your next health inspection.

So, how often should grease traps be cleaned?

First, Consider How Grease Traps Work

Grease traps work by giving fats, oils and grease time to separate from water and rise to the surface. The clean water escapes through an opening near the botton of the trap but the fat, oils, and grease stay in the trap until it's emptied. If the flow of water is too great for the trap, the fats, oils and grease won't have enough time to sepearate, and it will follow the water out of the trap and into the plumbing system

Consider the 1/4ths Rule

Certainly, there’s a variety of different grease trap systems; however, due to their mechanics, there’s a general rule of thumb that can allow you to assess if your trap needs to be serviced. Internally recognized standards dictate that a trap must be emptied after 1/4th of its contents has filled with FOGS (Fat Oils Grease & Solids).

Here’s the reasoning behind this: After 1/4th of the trap has filled with this grease, the trap is rendered ineffective. When a trap is ineffective, the grease and oils you’re attempting to keep out of the pipes start to escape, increasing your chances of blockages and overflows.

Determining Your Maintenance Cycle

In order to keep your grease trap working properly, you will want to have your grease trap cleaned by a professional at lease once every 90 days. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it all depends n how quickly your trap reaches that 25% capacity with FOGS. That will depend on both the capacity of your grease trap and the amount of grease your restaurant produces.

If you find that your restaurant is filling up your grease trap faster than a month, it may be time to look into resizing your grease trap to meet needs. Beyond the prevention of foul odors and avoiding fines, regular grease trap cleaning can also keep your grease trap pumping as it should, as long as it can.

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!

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Topics: Grease Trap Pumping, Restaurant Services, Grease Traps

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