The Importance Of Cleaning Grease Traps For Restaurants

Posted on: 26 July 2019


When it comes to commercial kitchens, grease traps are by far one of the most valuable pieces. The grease trap is designed to help prevent grease from entering the sewer system and creating clogs in the drains. If the grease traps are left uncleaned, the consequences can be disastrous for a restaurant. Therefore, as the owner of a restaurant, here are just three of the reasons why you should invest in routine grease trap pumping.

Avoid Strong, Unpleasant Odors

By far, one of the most obvious reasons a restaurant owner would want to invest in routine grease trap cleaning is because of the potent odor that an unkempt grease trap can give off. The odor comes from the bacteria within the trapped grease, which can spread quickly throughout the kitchen area, creating an unhealthy environment for your employees to work in. In addition, the odor can potentially seep into the dining area where your patrons may be able to catch whiff of it, causing them to be unable to enjoy the meal. With regular pumping of your grease trap, you can rest assured that bacteria buildup will be prevented and there will be no strong smells taking over your kitchen—at least not from the grease trap.

Make Cleanup Easier

Over time, grease will harden, and it will eventually clog up the drains. Generally, grease blockages should be tackled by a pumping service to avoid damage to your sensitive pipes. However, it is possible to prevent needing this type of service in the first place by having a service perform routine grease trap cleaning. With routine cleaning, there is minimal risk of grease hardening in your pipes and creating stubborn clogs for you to deal with.

Prevent Pollution

With an outdoor trap that fails to get cleaned out as regularly as it should, you can have a serious problem of grease runoff on your hands. This can be a huge problem if it rains; the water will flood your system, forcing excess fluid, including the grease, to run off to who knows where—parking lots, sidewalks, drainage ditches, etc. This problem can also occur if your grease trap isn't pumped frequently enough and the excess waste spills over. In either case, the grease—with bacteria in it—runs off and potentially pollutes water and nature in general.

The last thing that you want is for your restaurant to be shut down or face any kind of issues because of a clogged drain due to a filthy grease trap. Contact a commercial grease trap pumping service like Mountain Valley Pumping to learn more about grease traps.