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The Dangers of a Clogged Grease Trap

Posted by ADB Septic on March 20, 2018

Depositphotos_16354515_original-min.jpgGrease traps are an essential part of restaurant kitchens, as they help streamline the dishwashing process and keep your plumbing in working order. Most restaurant owners and managers know that pumping your grease trap is an important part of kitchen maintenance. However, you might not know the risks of missing your regular grease trap pumping. Read below to learn about the dangers of a dirty grease trap!


The most obvious issue that will occur is you fail to pump your grease trap is a clog. When grease, food, and other materials build up in your grease trap, your trap itself or the plumbing underneath can become clogged. These clogs will lead to a buildup of waste materials that can often overflow into your kitchen. Clogs will also obstruct your plumbing, leading to improper drainage.

Bad Odors

When grease, food, and other waste products build up in your grease trap, they will eventually lead to odors. These bad odors can make your whole kitchen smell, making it difficult to create successful food dishes as well as creating an undesirable work environment for your employees in the kitchen. Additionally, if these odors go unchecked, they can also seep into your dining area, leading to a bad experience for your customers. To avoid bad odors in your restaurant, you should be sure to pump your grease trap regularly.

Health Hazards

In addition to odors, a dirty grease trap can pose serious health concerns to your employees and your guests. The odors and fumes that come from your clogged trap can be unhealthy when your employees inhale them repeatedly. The constant exposure can make your employees sick over time. Additionally, wastewater can overflow when your grease trap is blocked, which can lead to contaminated water. When your water is contaminated, it poses a health risk to anyone who eats off of a dish that has been cleaned with the water or anyone who drinks the water.

Kitchen Fires

A clogged grease trap will lead to a buildup to grease. Because grease is highly flammable, a clogged grease trap will be a fire hazard. Grease fires spread quickly and are very difficult to control, making them very dangerous and likely to cause severe damage to your restaurant. Regularly cleaning your grease trap is a very easy way to reduce your restaurant’s risk of kitchen fires.

Extra Costs

A dirty grease trap can lead to a lot of unexpected costs for your restaurant. A clogged grease trap is a health code violation. As such, it can leave you susceptible to hefty fines. In some cases, you might even need to close down the restaurant to fix the problem, leading to additional loss in profits. When a clog becomes severe, it can lead to damage to your plumbing and your property, such as overflowing wastewater and damaged pipes. These issues will require repairs that are often very expensive.

Avoiding Grease Trap Issues

Fortunately, avoiding these dangers to your restaurant is easy. Pumping your grease trap regularly will alleviate any concerns about a clogged grease trap. Restaurant grease traps should be pumped when they are 25-33% full. The frequency of pumping will depend on usage, food type, and the size of the restaurant. However, typically restaurant grease traps should be pumped about once a week. In order to avoid issues with your grease trap, you should have a regular standing appointment to pump out your grease trap.


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!

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Topics: Grease Trap Pumping, Restaurant Grease Traps, Clogged Grease Trap

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