Restaurant Grease Trap Maintenance 101

Restaurant Grease Trap Maintenance 101

Grease traps, also called grease interceptors, are devices that prevents fat, oil, and grease from entering the sewage system. It’s an essential device because if these items enter a local sewage plant, it can cause serious problems in the plant’s ability to treat wastewater effectively. Grease traps are connected to any drain, pipe, or fixture that could discharge fat, oil, or grease. Once this waste enters the grease trap, fat will harden and float to the top. Scheduled cleanouts will remove this debris and keep the system running as it should. First, let’s take a look at some maintenance tips to ensure your grease trap never fails.

Proper maintenance goes a long way

On-going maintenance provided by a trusted third-party contractor will pay huge dividends and help you avoid costly repairs and fines from local governments.

1. Scheduled ongoing maintenance of your grease traps is the number one maintenance tip we can give. Set up a schedule with a professional who can ensure the job is done right and that the waste is disposed of properly.

2. Train staff on proper food handling and disposal. For example, ensure your staff scrapes food scraps into the garbage before rinsing in sinks. This will keep unnecessary debris from entering the grease trap. Also, it will ensure large chunks of fat don’t end up there causing a potential clog.

3. Install screen covers over drains. This will ensure employees do not put unwanted debris into the drain. Also, clean these screens regularly to prevent backups in the sink.

4. Do not pour extremely hot water down the drain. This could disrupt how the grease trap functions by melting any fats collected into a solid form.

Maintaining your equipment is the top way to have a successful commercial kitchen. This includes any grease traps. By taking these four simple steps listed above, you will be well on your way to protecting the environment and being in compliance with local regulations. Not only that, but you can also save significant money by avoiding costly repairs and, in some cases, pre-mature replacement of your grease trap systems.

Perhaps the biggest issue you will face with your grease trap are potential violations of local government regulations. Every local government has regulations in place requiring that the total volume of grease in the trap/interceptor stays below 25% volume. To ensure this they require routine cleanouts. If you miss these or exceed grease volumes you could face hefty fines.

If you are looking for a trusted, local expert to help maintain your restaurant’s grease traps, call us! Not only do we clean your trap but we make sure you stay below the required 25% threshold. AJ McDonald Company, Inc; has a history of satisfied customers for over 40 years. We want to be your go-to source.¬†Contact us¬†today to get set up on a regular pumping schedule!