Grease Traps are designed to trap and separate fats, oils and grease (commonly referred to as FOG) from wastewater before it enters the main sewer system. It is commonly used in commercial kitchens, restaurants, and food processing facilities where large amounts of grease are produced.
In our blog, we go into why it is important to have a grease trap and also how you can help with the maintenance of a grease trap.
Why should my commercial kitchen have a grease trap? Here are 6 reasons why:
1) Prevents Drain Blockages:
Grease and fats from cooking operations can solidify and accumulate in drains and pipes, leading to blockages. A grease trap intercepts and captures these substances before they enter the plumbing system, preventing blockages.
2) Protects the Plumbing System:
Grease can cause significant damage to pipes and plumbing infrastructure over time. It can coat the interior of pipes, reducing their capacity and causing corrosion. By installing a grease trap, you protect the longevity and functionality of your plumbing system.
3) Compliance with Regulations:
Many jurisdictions have specific regulations and codes that require commercial kitchens to have grease traps. Compliance with these regulations is essential to avoid penalties, fines, and potential closure of the business.
4) Environmental Benefits:
Grease, when improperly disposed of, can find its way into the wastewater system and eventually contaminate rivers, lakes, and other water bodies. Grease traps help to minimise this environmental impact by capturing grease before it reaches the wastewater treatment facilities.
5) Reduces Odours and Pest Problems:
Accumulated grease can emit unpleasant odours, attracting pests such as rats, cockroaches, and flies. A grease trap helps control these issues by containing and preventing the release of foul odours, thereby maintaining a cleaner and more hygienic environment.
6) Improves Kitchen Efficiency:
By preventing blockages, a grease trap ensures that the kitchen operations can run smoothly without interruptions. It reduces the downtime required for plumbing repairs, allowing the staff to focus on food preparation and service.
In summary, a grease trap is crucial for maintaining a functional and compliant commercial kitchen while protecting the environment and promoting food safety and hygiene.
What are the best practices for ensuring effective maintenance on Grease Traps?
Regular inspection: – Schedule routine inspections to assess the condition of the grease trap. Check for signs of grease buildup, such as a thick layer of grease or a reduced capacity for trapping grease. Regular inspections allow you to identify issues early and take appropriate action.
Follow a cleaning schedule: – Develop a regular cleaning schedule based on the size of your grease trap and the volume of grease generated by your business. Larger grease traps may require more frequent cleaning. Consult with United Drains to determine the appropriate cleaning intervals.
Proper disposal of trapped grease: – When cleaning the grease trap, ensure that the trapped grease is disposed of correctly. Grease should be collected and disposed of in accordance with local regulations. Avoid pouring grease down drains or disposing of it in the bin, as this can lead to environmental issues and blocked pipes.
Train staff on proper waste disposal: – Educate your employees about the importance of proper waste disposal and its impact on the grease trap. Provide clear instructions on what should and should not be poured down the drains. Discourage the disposal of oils, fats, and solid food waste in sinks and drains, as these can contribute to grease buildup in the trap.
Maintain records: – Keep a record of grease trap inspections, cleanings, and any maintenance or repairs performed. This documentation can be useful for demonstrating compliance with regulations and can help track the condition and performance of the grease trap over time.
Seek professional assistance: – While basic maintenance tasks can be handled internally, it is advisable to engage a professional grease trap service provider for regular cleanings and inspections. United Drains have the expertise and equipment to thoroughly clean and maintain the grease trap, ensure its optimal performance.