How to Clean Your Restaurant’s Grease Trap
Anybody that works in a kitchen understands there is going to be grease – a lot of it too. That’s the reason grease traps exist in commercial kitchens. They reduce the amount of waste that builds up in the plumbing system. A common misconception for restaurant owners and managers is that pouring Draino down the sink will help reduce clogs and build up. However, this is not the case. In order to prevent build-up (which eventually leads to backups), you must regularly and thoroughly follow up with King of Prussia grease trap cleaning.
In the instance a grease trap doesn’t have proper continual maintenance done to it, grease can enter the sewer line and your septic system. A grease blockage in your septic can be detrimental to your restaurant. This leads to your restaurant needing to close for proper cleaning. This can take two days and lose a ton of business and tarnish your business’s reputation.
Cleaning your grease trap is not only a messy task but it is time-consuming. It’s recommended to work with a local King of Prussia professional to maintain your grease trap on a set schedule. However, if you choose to care for it yourself – check out these tips.
Locating Your Grease Trap
In a commercial kitchen, you can often locate your grease trap on the opposite side of your kitchen’s dishwashing station. It can resemble a manhole. For instance, another place it might be located is in your basement.
How To Care For Your Grease Trap
Choosing to clean your own grease trap is often time consuming and messy. As you can see, it also needs to be cleaned properly to avoid future trouble for your King of Prussia food establishment. Most traps must be maintained.
In order to conduct King of Prussia grease trap cleaning, you must have your restaurant closed for business and equipment must be shut down. You may choose to do this at the start of the day or the end of the day.
- First, remove the lid from the trap and use a ruler to measure how many inches of grease are inside the trap (note – this must be logged in your DOG report)
- After that, remove any water located inside the trap and place it to the side in a bucket.
- Scoop out all the grease from the trap and place it into a different bucket. (Be sure to also scrape the sides and bottom to remove excess)
- Scrub all pieces of the trap and rinse the screening.
- Finally, pour the water you had previously set aside back into the trap and replace and removed parts.
If you are unable to clean your own grease trap or would like the assistance of a plumber in King of Prussia – contact Action Plumbing at 1-800-ACTION-24 for all of your plumbing needs.