If you have a grease trap in your commercial kitchen, it is important to understand how to take proper care of your grease trap. In many states, there are legal rules you have to follow in regards to how you take care of your grease trap. Additionally, you need to know how to take care of your grease trap as a part of taking good care of your kitchen.
Stop Pouring Grease Down Your Drains
Just because your kitchen has a grease trap doesn't mean that you should be pouring grease down your drains. Your grease trap is there to catch accidental grease that goes down your drains. It is not there to act as a trash can for your grease.
You need to avoid pouring as much grease down your drains as possible. You should have a grease bucket in your kitchen where you pour the grease from pans. This will help reduce the grease that gets inside of your drains.
Use Alternative Trash for Your Food Scraps
Just like you should keep grease out of your sinks, you should keep food scraps as well. Food scraps can easily clog up your drain, and really clog up your grease trap. Allowing excess food scraps down the drain can cause your grease trap to get clogged up before it should.
Food scraps should be placed in the trash, not down your sink. You want to reduce food scraps in your sink as much as possible.
Use Strainers in Your Sinks
You can't prevent all grease and food scraps from getting into your sink; however, you can stop a large majority of grease and food from going down your pipes and into the grease trap by adding strainers to your sinks. Strainers are a great way to catch food waste. Strainers, especially in a commercial kitchen, will need to be removed and cleaned every few hours. However, it is worth the effort to keep the food out of your plumbing.
Schedule Regular Cleanings
Cleaning out your grease trap can be some really nasty work, which is why you should schedule regular cleanings. Regular cleanings will help ensure that your grease trap works properly. When you grease trap starts to fill up with oils, grease, and food scraps, it will eventually stop working. If you wait for the trap to be "full," the trap will also stop working properly. That is why you should get the trap cleaned on a regular basis so you never have to worry about it malfunctioning.
For more information, contact companies that offer commercial grease trap cleaning services.