Grease Trap Cleaning
Commercial Grease Trap Cleaning Services
For most businesses, particularly restaurants, a grease trap is crucial to their success. No business should lose customers because of a septic back up, grease overflow or a drain issue. If a grease trap is becoming slow or worse has started to back up, then a business might have to shut down temporarily and potentially face a fine with the local health department.
A number of businesses rely on grease traps because of the amount of cooking they do. Hotels, retirement homes, school cafeterias, are just a few of the businesses in Baltimore that need smooth flowing grease. Grease and oil go through the grease trap and to think it will run without regular cleanings is wishful thinking.
The health department in your county will frequently inspect grease traps so cleaning them regularly will keep you in compliance. Depending on how much grease you dispose of, once a month is usually recommended.
Many commercial kitchens think they can clean the grease trap themselves. It’s a messy business and whoever does the work should wear old clothing, a mask, and protective goggles. You’ll need to have something to put the grease in such as a trashcan lined with at least two trash bags. Disassemble the grease trap and remove as much as the grease and oil as you can. Using a putty knife scrape the sides, the lid and the baffles. Then reassemble the trap.
One thing you don’t want to do is dump over the counter drain cleaners down into the trap. This can disrupt the normal procedure of grease breaking down from bacteria in the trap. When done cleaning the trap you must properly dispose of the grease. This isn’t something you can just haul to the curb for the trash man to take. Contact a hauler or recycler for interceptor waste disposal.
Record the date, the name of grease hauler or recycler and the volume of grease removed on a maintenance log.
Why Having a Grease Trap Professionally Cleaned Is Best
Doing the cleaning on your own can seem like a way to save money, but in the end it could cost you more than you save. First of all, grease has to be properly disposed of, something professionals can do on their own.
They also have power sprayers and other tools so that your trap isn’t just being emptied, it’s being thoroughly cleaned. They’ll not just clean the trap, but the Inlet-T’s and Outlet-T’s. If the tank walls are not thoroughly cleaned, when hot water enters the system, it will dissolve some of the grease and send it into the sewer system, costing you further money.
Also in cleaning the grease trap it can be easy to reassemble it incorrectly. A technician will not only assemble it correctly, but they will examine the parts during a cleaning and determine if anything is worn or broken. They can then replace that part immediately before it has caused a disruption in your system.
If there are cracks or breaks are in the baffles you may have future issues with grease passing through your trap and into the lines going to the city. If this happens the line past the trap may back up causing your trap to overflow outside. This is something a technician can determine while performing your cleaning.
Outside Grease Tank Services
Many restaurants have outside grease tanks that technicians will empty and legally dispose of the waste. A technician will also check the inlet and outlet pipes. Outside grease tanks are often quite large and if not serviced regularly, the tanks could have grease build up that becomes hardened. The result could be a backup or an overflow outside your business. A technician will suggest a schedule in which to have your tank emptied on a regular basis.
If you have a commercial kitchen and have concerns about your grease trap or need a cleaning then contact RooterNOW® to talk to a qualified plumber.
Grease Trap Cleaning is needed for the following commercial businesses:
- Nursing homes
- Apartment Complexes
- Grocery Stores