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How Often Should You Clean Your Grease Trap?

Jun 17th 2015 at 12:58 AM

Your grease trap provides sanitation for your business. It’s important that it be kept clean.

A grease trap keeps the oils and fats that get into your water from going down the sewer system. The trap slows the water from going down the drain, giving the fats and grease time to solidify and float to the top of the water. The water is filtered out, and the grease stays in the trap. This keeps the sewer system clean. Many municipalities have large fines for businesses that go over the minimum amount of fats, oils, and grease that can go through the drain lines.

Your grease trap should be cleaned when it’s at 25 percent or more of the trap’s capacity. This will depend on a number of factors, how busy your restaurant is and how much oil goes into your drainage. Busy restaurants may need weekly service to maintain the drains. The material in your grease trap must be disposed of correctly by a licensed and permitted professional pumping company. It’s vital to keep good records about your drain cleaning and any procedures that are done.

Encourage your staff to make sure all solids and waste is thrown out before washing dishes. This prevents a lot of the fats, grease, and oils in the water system that goes through your grease trap. Using bacteria in your system will also help break down these substances, which reduces the need to have cleanouts. Your pumping company can also offer suggestions about your system based on your own business needs. Don’t rinse out the grease trap with hot water because the water will be too hot to allow the grease to cool in the trap. It will go down the sewer system, and your business could be fined.

The size of your grease trap is based on the amount of water flowing out of your facility. Measure the volume of each sink in your business. Then add them all together and multiply by 0.003 to get the gallons per minute that can be flushed down your system. This final number is the minimum size of the grease trap that you will need. If you increase your sink size, you should make sure to upgrade your grease trap.

Always check with the local regulatory agency to ensure you meet all requirements to avoid any citations. Some counties have limits about the enzymes you can use in your system. You have to stay on top of grease trap maintenance for your business for the sanitation of your business and the health of your customers. To learn more about grease trap maintenance in Santa Cruz, please visit this website.

Author Bio

Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at Weebly blog.

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