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Top 5 Do’s and Don’t’s of Grease Trap Maintenance


A grease trap can be a life saving device when it comes to keeping your pipes from getting blocked. But, you need to maintain it for it to work. Here are the top 5 do’s and do nots of grease trap maintenance.

If you own a restaurant, then you should have a grease trap in the kitchen.

A grease trap can be a life-saving device when it comes to keeping your pipes from getting blocked. It must be maintained in order for it to work properly.

Grease trap maintenance is so important that, depending on where you live, you can be charged a hefty fine for not complying with the grease trap guidelines.

Check out the top five do’s and do not’s of grease trap maintenance.

Do Get the Grease Trap Cleaned Regularly

It’s very important that the grease trap gets cleaned regularly. They should be cleaned every three months in order to prevent grease from entering the sewer system. Don’t wait for signs to have your grease trap cleaned.

If you don’t have regular maintenance and you get a grease back up, you can expect your restaurant to be shut down for at least two days.

Do Make Sure the Grease Trap Is Properly Installed

Make sure that the grease trap is installed properly. If you notice that the grease trap isn’t collecting grease like it should, there’s a good chance that it’s not installed correctly. Call a professional right away.

Do Hire Professionals for Maintenance

Professionals are a must for maintenance of your commercial grease trap. You may think that it’s silly to spend money on professionals every few months, but they know what they are doing.

Professionals make sure that grease trap cleaning is done correctly and are compliant with federal and state laws.

Do Have Professional Perform Line Jetting

Line Jetting removes debris from pipe walls. This type of work should only be performed by professionals. Line jetting is a preventative maintenance measure.

Do Be Sure the Hired Company Properly Disposes of Grease

You may not think about it, but you should know how the company you hire disposes of the grease. You want to be sure that they are disposing of the grease according to state and federal regulations in a safe, environmentally friendly way.

Don’t Use Solvents to Clean Grease Trap

Don’t pour chemicals into the grease trap in attempts to clean it. This will destroy the active enzymes that are meant to break down grease. It will also ruin the trap itself.

Don’t Allow Employees to Clean Grease Trap

Employees should never clean the grease traps. Even well-meaning employees can cause damage to the grease trap. It’s best to leave this task to the professionals.

Don’t Pour Boiling Hot Water into Grease Trap

Boiling, hot water should not be poured into a grease trap. The hot water liquefies grease and makes it easier for the grease to escape from the trap.

Don’t Have the Grease Trap Connected to Garbage Disposal

A grease trap is for grease only. If it’s connected to a garbage disposal, you run the risk of food getting into the grease trap. A grease trap is not designed to handle food, just as a garbage disposal is not made for grease.

Don’t Connect Dishwasher to Grease Trap

Don’t connect the dishwasher to the grease trap. Just as pouring boiling water into the grease trap liquifies the grease, so does the hot water from the dishwasher. It will get through the trap and into the sewer system.

Grease Trap Maintenance Is Important

Proper maintenance is very important for your kitchen to run smoothly. Knowing the do’s and do not’s of grease trap maintenance can help ensure that your grease trap runs effectively.

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