If you have a grease trap in your restaurant, you should know that this plumbing device needs
regular cleaning and maintenance. A grease trap that is poorly maintained can lead to clogged
drains, fire risks, foul odors, and health problems for both customers and employees.
It is best to maintain a regular schedule for cleaning and maintaining your grease trap.
However, you should look to have your grease trap cleaned sooner rather than later if you
notice any of the following signs.
1. Clogged or Slow-Moving Drains
Professional plumbers will tell you that dirty grease traps often lead to clogged drains. This
happens because the grease, fats, and oils that accumulate in your grease trap solidify over
time. As the grease trap becomes fuller, the flow of water through the drain will get slower. A
clogged drain can result in a variety of more serious problems for a restaurant. The cleaning of
your grease trap should take place as soon as you or others notice that water is draining more
2. Foul-Smelling Kitchen
A foul smell that refuses to leave your kitchen even after a thorough cleaning is likely a sign of a
dirty grease trap. These foul odors are the result of sludge, food waste, and grease
accumulating within the trap over time.
3. Presence of Grease in Unusual Places
Are you starting to find grease in new places? When a grease trap is clogged, additional grease
may escape through water lines, sewer pipes, sinks, and other convenient exits.
4. A Lot of Time Passed Since the Last Cleaning
If it has been three months or more since your last cleaning, you should contact a professional
to tidy up your grease trap. You should also schedule service if you cannot remember the last
time you got a professional cleaning.
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