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Grease Trap Cleaning: Why Is IT So Important for Your Food Business

Author: Sean Erik
by Sean Erik
Posted: Jan 10, 2020

It is because of the huge volume of grease produced in commercial kitchens, they are required to install a grease trap that separates the grease and oily substances from the wastewater and food remains before the water passes through its main sewer system. Having a grease trap is not only obvious for any food business that produces greases but equally, it’s a directive imposed by the municipal authorities and food department. Importantly, every grease trap has a certain capacity to trap grease in its interceptor which needs to be pumped by professional grease trap cleaning companies on a regular basis. If left untreated, the trap fails to perform its job of preventing grease and food solids which will contaminate the plumbing system and leads to a number of problems, which are stated below

Stinking Smells

Being a by-product of food produces, once untreated grease gets decayed over time in the grease trap, they start discharging foul odors. The noxious odor makes its way and comes back through the pipeline and first contaminates the air of the kitchen and then disperses in the whole setting. This could have an unpleasant effect on the customers who used to visit the restaurant and eventually upset the reputation of the business.

Damage to the Interceptor

On breaking down of the food remains accumulated with the FOG, discharges hydrogen sulfur gas, which then transforms into sulfuric acid in its decaying process. Sulfuric acid is an extremely harsh element which usually damages the steel walls of the grease trap system. Consequently, this may cause you to pay a considerable cost by forcing you to replace the costly grease trap with a new one.

Costly cleaning service

As food remains settle to the base of the interceptor, the food wastes harden and becomes more complicated to remove in due course of time. This will require your grease trap cleaning company to use more sophisticated pumping devices and highly specialized technicians. While by regular cleaning and maintenance of the grease trap, you can keep the job easier and faster to perform, under a complicated circumstance, naturally you will have to pay more to the grease trap company and the job also consumes more time while you may have to suspend your food business for those days.

Sewer Backup

Usually, a grease trap is installed in the sewer or typically in the drainage system of your restaurant. As the trap goes beyond its capacity to hold further grease, they go through the drainage system pipeline freely. The remaining grease with solids in the pipeline becomes solid and blocks the pipelines causing sewer backup throughout the entire plumping systems of the drainage system. Aside from dirty backups, this can also damage your plumbing system and you’ll likely face a heavy cost against repairing or replacing your plumbing tools and pipelines.

Attracts Penalties

Many municipalities and food departments in the US participate in regular or random tests of the outflow of drains of commercial kitchens. During this test, if it is detected that lots of greases are passing through your drainage system and mixing with the municipal sewer, you can be highly be penalized in terms of monetary fines together with suspension of services for a certain time or even cancellation of your business license.

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