Importance of Maintaining & Cleaning your Grease Traps
If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, you’re probably familiar with the grease trap. Grease traps are necessary for restaurants to ensure that the oil, fat, and grease from cooked food is disposed of properly. Although a grease trap is crucial for a restaurant, it is also just as important to clean it regularly for a number of reasons.
Damages From Waste
When grease traps harbor food waste for too long, sulfuric acid is produced in the tank. This chemical can cause damages to the tank itself if it is not regularly cleaned out.
The Rotting Smell
Grease traps must be cleaned out regularly as they are full of food waste. If it goes on too long, the rotting smell can travel back into the restaurant. This odor will certainly not sit well with restaurant guests.
Harder To Clean Over Time
As with most things, the longer you wait to clean out a grease trap the more difficult it can become to clean it. This is especially true for food waste as it can harden and adhere to the tank, making cleaning over a prolonged period particularly difficult.
It is easy to ignore the need to clean a grease trap. Many people allow the waste to build up and end up regretting it.
How Often Should Grease Traps Be Cleaned?
When you run a food service business such as a hotel, restaurant or even a small food cafe – you at some point will find yourself seeking an answer to the question “How often should grease traps be cleaned?”
Getting a grease trap cleaned is one of those necessary evils in life. But, like getting your car serviced on a regular basis, it will save you money and hassle in the long run and ensure no disruption to your business activities.
What happens when a grease trap is cleaned?
You will, of course, know that a grease trap is basically a box of water that filters and collects grease, food particles, and oils, etc. from food production when they go down the sink. This is important because, in a busy restaurant, the high amounts of oils and fats that go down the sink in liquid form could harden and cause a blockage either in your plumbing or in the municipal piping system.
A regular clean will see the oils, fats and grease sucked out and the trap functioning normally.
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