If you're in the restaurant business, chances are you know what a grease trap is. But other commercial industries also make use of grease traps, perhaps just not as frequently. A grease trap is a plumbing device that intercepts most solids and greases before they enter your sewage system lines. But like all plumbing parts, grease traps require regular maintenance.
Why do you need regular grease trap service?
Grease can build up quickly in your pipes and cause a backup – something you absolutely do not want, especially during a busy mealtime. Not having preventive grease trap service could cost you a lot in lost income if you are unable to serve customers due to a plumbing backup. Restaurants are especially at a risk for backups if they run food down the garbage disposal, as food particles can fill up the grease trap and create a sewer line clog.
What does grease trap service involve?
Essentially, grease trap service means a professional plumber completely drains, scrapes, and removes additional solids and greases from the trap. At Roto-Rooter, we ensure all odor is eliminated and all hardened grease is totally gone. We then dispose of grease trap waste at licensed processing facilities, which means we protect the environment from any related health or safety risks.
How often should grease trap service be scheduled?
It's suggested that your staff do a cursory cleaning of the grease trap every week to reduce maintenance costs and lower the risk of a backup. However, some city or state regulations require that restaurants do a full cleaning at least once a month.
What are some grease trap best practices?
Here are three basic tips for using your grease trap properly:
Don't pour grease down your sinks or toilets. It will harden and stick to your pipes. In addition, food particles will stick to the grease and together they'll create clogs.
Recycle waste cooking oil. If you're wondering what to do with the grease you'd normally pour down the sink, simply recycle it. It can be turned into biofuel and used to heat and generate power for your business – saving you money and being kind to the environment at the same time.
Avoid or limit garbage disposal usage. Food particles can fill up your grease trap, so the less you put down your sink, the slower it fills up – and the less often you need maintenance.