If you are a restaurant owner keeping drain lines clean is essential. This is why understanding your grease trap, how to clean it, and signs of clogging are so important. In this article we will go over all the basics of grease traps.
Understanding your grease traps
What are Grease Traps?
Grease traps (grease interceptor, grease recovery device, grease capsule, and grease converte) is a plumbing device that is designed to prevent grease and solids from entering the sewer lines.
Where are they usually located
Most commercial grease traps will be located outside your main building near the wall of your kitchen dishwashing area. Though if your kitchen has a basement you may also find it down there.
Cleaning your grease trap
How often to clean
You should set up a weekly cadence of grease trap maintenance. Cleaning weekly will keep your establishment running safe and efficient. Usually want to do this on a day that the restaurant is closed or early in the morning before opening.
How to clean
- Remove the lid of the grease trap.
- Remove eater from the grease trap, either with a bucket or a small pump and set the water aside.
- Scoop out the grease from the trap using either a bucket, shovel, or your favorite tool for scooping grease.
- Scrape and scrub the lid, sides, and bottom.
- Flush the screens out
- Pour the water from previously back in.
- Put the lid back on
Warning signs of a clog
One of the most common signs of a clog is nasty odors caused by the clog because the fumes have nowhere to go. In addition back-ups and flooding are another major sign of clogging.
If you are having issues with your grease trap, drains, or want a quote for regular drain or grease trap maintenance call the experts at Smith Drain Solutions. You can reach us at 410-938-7642 or contact us here.