Grease Trap Basics
Animal fats and vegetable oils are much thicker than water. You know from experience that oil and water do not mix. Grease traps are designed to stop FOG — fat, oil, and grease — clumps from entering pipes and subsequent waste systems while allowing water to pass through.
Even hot fats in temporarily liquid form will cool and solidify in drains and pipelines if you do not effectively strain them out from the get-go. Proper placement and maintenance of grease traps are imperative for any establishment that handles food on a regular basis, including hospitals, schools, corporate cafeterias, nursing homes, hotels, and even small coffee shops or bakeries.
How to Clean a Grease Trap
To clean out your grease trap you will need to remove the lid and have a bucket ready to remove any standing water and waste. You will then need to clean out the inside of the grease trap and then, depending on your status, you may need to complete the required FOG report issued by the EPA. Make sure to include your current volume measurement, the date and the name of the employee conducting the procedure.
If you are unsure of any of these steps, be sure to call a professional plumber to help you.
Grease Trap Inspections
In upstate New York, you should have your pretreatment systems inspected as often as bi-annually. Grease trap inspectors will examine the following:
- Trap Size: Is it proper for the establishment's waste capacity?
- Flow-Control Valve: Does it protect the system from overload?
- Air-Intake: Does it allow enough air to mix with the fluid to maintain adequate pressure?
- Location Clearance: Is the trap easily accessible for cleaning and inspection?
- Intact Construction: Is the trap free of cracks?
- Water Tightness: No groundwater should be absorbed.
- Single Purpose: Grease traps should never be re-purposed to serve sanitary systems or toilets.
How to Prevent Grease Trap Problems
Establishments that allow FOG accumulation of more than 25 percent by volume risk drain and system inefficiency, as well as leakage and flooding. Maintain a strict maintenance schedule and be proactive about altering it as needed during busy seasons.
Remember that scraping dishes, pots, and pans thoroughly to remove food scraps will decrease how often you need to clean your trap.
24-Hour Emergency Grease Trap Repair
In the restaurant business, every day you can’t be open is one that can seriously eat into your profitability. If a backed-up or broken grease trap threatens to shut you down for the day, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for immediate emergency service. Our team is available around the clock for emergency service that gets you back up and running as quickly as possible. Simply call our dispatcher, and we’ll send a team over right away. No more waiting around for the plumbers to show up – only Mr. Rooter Plumbing has the capability to offer grease trap repairs this quickly in the Syracuse area.
Get Discounts on Regular Maintenance by Signing up for an Advantage Plan®
Let Mr. Rooter Plumbing be your exclusive provider of commercial grease trap service, and you’ll save big! Businesses that sign up for an Advantage Plan get priority scheduling, special discounts, and unique loyalty rewards. Best of all, we’ll develop a grease trap cleaning schedule that takes the hassle out of regular maintenance – when you’re due for a cleaning we’ll call you and set up the appointment at a time that’s convenient for you. Focus on serving your customers better with Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Be sure to ask about multi-site coverage if your restaurant has more than one location.
Customer Service Is Our First Priority
Just like you, our principal commitment is to serve our clients as best we can at all times. This means fair pricing, convenient scheduling, and service that goes the extra mile. Our team of plumbers is among the most qualified in the Syracuse area, with years of experience troubleshooting grease traps and other repairs. As part of the nationwide Mr. Rooter Plumbing chain, we’re able to offer innovative products and services other contractors can’t, including video plumbing inspections, environmentally-friendly GreaseAway® commercial degreaser, and HydroScrub® drain cleaning.
For everything your restaurant needs, from common plumbing problems to grease trap maintenance and repair, make Mr. Rooter Plumbing your first choice in Syracuse, Auburn, and beyond.
Contact us to schedule service today!