Restaurant Grease Trap Cleaning

Restaurant Grease Trap Cleaning

Grease traps can become a major headache for restaurant and commercial kitchen owners if they are not regularly cleaned. A routine schedule of grease trap maintenance helps keep your drains flowing uninterrupted. This helps prevent expensive plumbing repairs and keeps your restaurant operational.

The Functions of a Grease Trap

Grease traps are designed to stop fat, oil and grease from entering the sewer lines. Without a grease trap, once these fats and oils cool, they solidify and create buildup on the insides of the pipes, which traps food particles and other solids that are washed down the sink.
This blockage will continue to grow until the flow of waste water eventually stops and the sewage begins to back up.

How do Grease Traps Work?Commercial Grease Trap Cleaning Vancouver WA

Grease traps contain the wastewater that passes through kitchen drains before entering into the sewers. Since kitchen oils and grease are not water soluble, grease will float on the water’s surface and the trap will prevent it from entering the sewer main. As grease builds up, however, it will eventually no longer rest on the surface and could enter the wastewater system, which is why cleaning on a regular basis is important.

Most municipalities require monthly commercial grease trap cleaning. If you operate a large restaurant or commercial kitchen, more frequent service may be necessary. At True Plumbing, our job is to help you maintain compliance with the city without interrupting your business.

Grease trap maintenance keeps your restaurant operational.

How Can I Keep My Grease Trap in Good Condition Between Service Appointments?

It is a good idea to train your staff to scrape as much of the grease residue and food from plates before placing in the sink for washing. This will help ensure that our cleaning visits go smoothly without complications.

There are some very important things not to do when it comes to keeping your grease trap functional:

  • Don’t pour boiling water into the sink connected to a grease trap, as the grease and oils will liquefy and enter the sewer pipe.
  • Do not connect garbage disposals or high-temperature dishwashers to a trap.
  • Don’t put chemicals, bleach, or drain cleaners into a trap. These can destroy naturally beneficial bacteria and potentially harm the environment.

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