Using Grease Traps To Protect Your Restaurant's Plumbing

Posted on: 21 October 2019

The grease that is on the plates that your restaurant's dishwasher must clean can be a sizable plumbing threat. Large amounts of grease entering the plumbing can be extremely damaging to the plumbing by clogging it. Grease traps are able to reduce these problems, but restaurants will often fail to properly utilize or maintain these traps.

Limit The Amount Of Grease That Enters The Traps

While grease traps are able to intercept grease before it enters your plumbing, it is still necessary to take precautions to limit the amount of grease that they must intercept. This may seem odd, but it is still possible for the grease traps to become overwhelmed. This can limit their effectiveness, which can allow at least some grease to escape past. In addition to limiting the amount of grease, you should also avoid letting large amounts of food particles or debris enter the drains, as these could also interfere with the effectiveness of the traps by clogging them or causing other damage.

Have Professionals Empty The Traps

Cleaning the traps will need to be done on a regular basis, but you should avoid assuming that you or your workers will be able to handle this task. Cleaning a grease trap is an extremely messy and labor-intensive task, and those that lack the right equipment may find that it is essentially impossible for them to do. In addition to the challenges that directly come from cleaning the traps, you will also face the need to dispose of the grease that is inside the traps. Lastly, mistakes during this process can release large amounts of grease into the plumbing, which could cause immediate problems for your restaurant's plumbing.

Consider Upgrading The Grease Traps

If you find that you are needing to have your grease traps pumped very frequently or that they are otherwise encountering performance problems, it could indicate that the traps need to be upgraded. By installing larger traps with a higher capacity, you can reduce the need to have the traps emptied as they will be able to go for far longer, and you can also reduce the risk of clogs as the larger traps will be less likely to be clogged as a result of food debris or grease balls. Installing higher-capacity grease traps is a relatively simple upgrade that should not require major disruptions for your restaurant, as the new traps may be installed when it is closed.

For more information, reach out to a grease trap maintenance service.