If you own or run a commercial kitchen, you know the amount of cooking grease discarded in a day is too much for the sewer system to handle, and if that amount of grease builds up day after day, week after week, your pipes could really be in trouble. In fact, yours are not the only pipes affected by too much grease. The pipes under your kitchen lead to the town or city sewer system and can damage the entire thing, including harming the surrounding ecosystem. Luckily, grease traps exist to collect that oily, fatty debris and keep it from harming your sewer system. Most of the time, you don’t have to think about them, but from time to time, you need to clean your grease traps to maintain their functionality.
An outdoor grease trap with a drain system
Here are five reasons why you don’t want to wait too long to clean your grease traps:
Over time, a grease trap will start to emit an unpleasant smell due to rot produced by decomposing FOG (fat, oil, and grease). The longer you ignore the smell, the stronger it will get and it can even start to drive away customers. The sooner you clean your grease trap, the sooner you can eliminate that disruptive foul odor.
2. FOG Build-Up
If grease traps are not cleaned regularly, the fat, oil, and grease waste will build up over time. They harden at the bottom of the grease trap, becoming extremely difficult to clean away. Additionally, they will fill the grease trap to its capacity, overflowing into the sewer system–an event the grease trap was installed in order to avoid in the first place. This overflow can lead to blockages and backups, causing damage and requiring expensive repairs. Your business may even be shut down for a while until repairs are finished.
3. Damaging Gases
As FOG sits in your grease trap rotting away, it eventually emits sulfuric acid, a harmful gas that can cause lasting damage to a variety of materials, including steel. Sulfuric acid can completely break down steel pipes and even the grease trap itself. Plastic pipes may put up more of a fight, but they will eventually become damaged as well. It’s better to just regularly clean your grease trap!
Runoff from your grease trap will enter the town or city sewer system and seep into the environment, causing harm to local animals. If you have an outdoor grease trap, make sure it is covered so animals don’t get to it and so rainwater doesn’t build up inside. If your grease trap fills with rainwater, it can overflow and release FOG into the surrounding environment.
FOG overflow into larger sewer systems can cause so much damage to the town’s infrastructure as well as the environment that most municipalities will actually issue expensive fines to those who either don’t have a grease trap installed or who don’t maintain their grease traps regularly.
Clean Your Grease Traps Regularly for a Healthy Kitchen and a Healthy Planet
We know cleaning your grease traps is not a glamorous job. The grease itself also needs to be disposed of properly and in an eco-friendly manner. The good news is that at All County Sewer and Drain, Inc., we can clean your traps for you while adhering to the strictest regulations of grease waste removal recommended by the state. Our experienced technicians will thoroughly clean your grease traps and dispose of the waste in our specialized grease removal trucks in order to protect the environment and ensure a brighter, cleaner future for our children. If you sign up for our preventative maintenance schedule, we will maintain your grease traps and sewer lines so that your commercial kitchen will be able to function to its best capacity.