Grease Traps: What They Are & How To Maintain

Grease Trap used for kitchen fryer

According to the EPA, grease is a major cause of the 23,000 – 75,000 sanitary sewer overflows that happen each year. Not only is a grease trap necessary to follow your state’s fats, oils, and grease (FOG) regulations, but it can play a vital role in keeping your commercial kitchen and business running smoothly. In order to maintain a good condition, it will require regular cleaning. Here’s all you need to know about grease traps.

What is a grease trap?

A grease trap is a tank that can be found under your sink in a metal or plastic box, in your kitchen floor under a metal sheet, or outside your restaurant under manhole coverings. This device is where your kitchen’s wastewater flows through on the way to the sanitary sewer. Before water reaches the sewer, the grease trap will separate the grease and other fatty wastes. Just as the name would suggest, this device essentially ‘traps grease’ to stop it from entering the sewer system and causing backups.

Benefits of having a grease trap:

Restaurants, bakeries, cafeterias and any business that produces fats, oils, and grease can benefit from having a grease trap installed. Some of these advantages include:

  • Prevents sewer damage
    The number one advantage of grease traps is their ability to stop grease from entering the main sewer lines. If the FOG from your kitchen is improperly disposed of, it can solidify and block sewer and plumbing systems.
  • Cost effective
    One of the reasons to have a grease trap is to avoid future problems for your kitchen and sewer system. When you use a grease trap, you are helping to prevent kitchen shutdowns and costly repairs. By properly disposing waste, you also avoid paying possible fines, making it a great investment for your business. Many counties and some cities require grease traps to protect the municipal sewer lines.
  • Environment friendly
    Grease substances can cause major harm to our environment. With the help of a grease trap, you can prevent FOG from entering rivers and streams and contaminating our drinking water.

How to clean and maintain:

With a great piece of equipment comes great responsibility. In order for your grease trap to properly function, it will need regular maintenance. Grease traps can fill up fast depending on how big the tank is and how often you’re using the kitchen. A good rule of thumb is getting it cleaned every 1-3 months, but you should consult with a professional to develop a maintenance plan that fits your needs.

An easy way to slow down the buildup in your grease trap is by removing excess grease before putting waste down the drain. You can do this by wiping off dishes, installing screens under your sinks, and throwing away grease.

In addition to daily kitchen practices, you’ll need professional cleanings for your grease trap to remain efficient. Remember, the longer you go without cleaning your grease trap, the greater chance of waste hardening and becoming more difficult and expensive to remove.

What makes Supeck Septic the best choice for the job?

Supeck Septic is Northeast Ohio’s commercial grease trap cleaning specialist. Unlike other companies, we believe that completely emptying the grease trap and not returning the “separated water” is the most effective way of preventing future grease trap problems. Contact us at (888) 725-0209 to discuss a maintenance plan for your grease trap.