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.