Business owners, particularly restaurant owners, know that regular grease trap maintenance is extremely important. Grease traps are installed between the sink and the wastewater disposal system to capture floating fats, oils and grease (FOG) before they can enter the sewer or septic tank and cause problems.
WHY TAKE PROPER CARE OF YOUR GREASE TRAP?
According to the EPA, grease accounts for nearly half of all reported blockages in the United States, which is why ongoing maintenance is essential. If your business has one or more grease traps, here are four good reasons to keep them clean:
- ODOR. Grease buildup in your grease trap can cause a foul odor that can drive away guests and create an unpleasant working environment for your staff.
- CLOGS. Over time, clogged lines resulting from improper grease trap maintenance can result in a failure of the overall disposal system.
- SAFETY. Dirty grease traps are a potential fire hazard, especially since fats, oils and grease are extremely flammable.
- COST. If FOG from a full grease trap spills into the community water system, your business could face significant fines. Not only that, but the costs involved with fixing issues after they happen far exceed the expense of regular maintenance.
SIMPLE TIPS FOR GREASE TRAP SAFETY
Clean and well-maintained grease traps will help prevent clogging and extend the life of your septic system. First and foremost, hire a professional to perform routine maintenance, including continually monitoring the grease level and pumping the grease trap at least quarterly.
Second, train your staff on simple but important steps to cut down on the amount of grease in your wastewater. These include thoroughly rinsing dishes, conserving water to prevent “surge loading” during busy periods, using detergents that quickly break up oil and water, and replacing liquid vegetable oil with shortening (which separates more easily in grease traps).
Finally, if you are concerned your current grease trap is not powerful enough for your needs, consider installing a larger grease trap or several smaller grease traps to allow adequate time for wastewater to cool and grease to separate.
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Let Paradise Valley Septic take care of all your grease trap maintenance needs so you can focus on running your business. Our skilled technicians can answer all of your questions and give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have a professional in your corner. Call or send us a message today to find out more!