Often restaurants and other food service establishments are finding themselves facing more regulations regarding the disposal of grease trap waste. Aside from environmental factors, proper care in the removal and maintenance of grease traps ensures compliance plus prevents blockages and overflows.
Blockages and overflows are costly, time-consuming, and can damage your restaurant’s hard-earned reputation. That’s why scheduling professional grease trap cleaning services are important to meet regulatory requirements, protect the environment, and keep your business operating.
If you own a restaurant, take-out, or other commercial food kitchen, now is the time to schedule an appointment for commercial grease trap cleaning services from Action Plumbing. For decades, our commercial plumbing professionals have assisted businesses throughout New Jersey, the Philadelphia region, and northeast Delaware with their plumbing needs. We are efficient, thorough and will get your restaurant up and running in no time flat!
How Grease Traps Work
A grease trap is used to collect the excess fats, oils, and grease that are created through food processing. These waste products are often washed down the drain with the wastewater into the grease trap’s tank. The fats, oils, and grease rise to the top of the tank to keep from flowing down with the water into your sewer pipes.
When a grease trap is neglected or not properly cared for, the oils, grease, and fat will build up and create blockages in your restaurant’s plumbing, such as drains, lines, and even the sewer system. As you can imagine, this can be a hazard for your business and even lead to significant sanitary problems for your establishment, such as:
- A persistent odor emitting from the drains
- Clogged drains
- Sewage can overflow into your business’ plumbing system, causing expensive repairs
- Legal issues which can force your business to close until the problem is resolved
- Groundwater could be polluted by overflowing wastewater
When Should You Have Your Grease Trap Professionally Cleaned?
Chances are you and your employees are cleaning your grease traps on a daily basis. But how do you know when a grease trap should be professionally cleaned?
The answer to this question is it depends on the size and the use of your kitchen. On average, the time between cleanings should not exceed three months. But there are some signs to watch out for if a professional cleaning is necessary, such as blocked pipes, foul smells, and grease leaking onto floors and services.
How to Prevent a Clog
There are steps you can take to prevent clogs from occurring between commercial grease trap cleanings, such as:
- Try not to pour grease down the drain. Instead, collect it in bins or bottles to be disposed by a waste management company.
- Before rinsing your plates, make sure you scrape them to further remove grease.
- Install screens under your drains to catch any fats, oils, and grease.
- Wipe up grease spills with a paper towel to keep it away from the drain.
- Have your grease trap regularly cleaned by Action Plumbing.
Action Plumbing’s Grease Trap Cleaning Services
Action Plumbing has maintenance programs in place to meet your business’s specific needs. We offer an auto-schedule service that will come by to clean out your grease trap as needed. For instance, we will keep you updated with any potential problems that might disrupt the usual business, or be a hazard for your employees or customers.
When our team comes out we will also treat your system with enzyme treatments to help reduce and future problems from grease. The bacteria will eat away at any organic waste in food.
Using the food they will also reproduce to continue the maintenance cycle of waste digestion – leaving your grease trap free of blockages and odor-free.
Preventative maintenance of your grease traps will ensure safety and sanitary for your business and customers. Enroll in auto-service custom to your business’s needs to easily and thoughtlessly maintain your grease trap. Contact the commercial plumbing professionals at Action Plumbing at 1-800-ACTION-24 for your grease trap maintenance and removal needs.