Four Risks of Uncleaned Grease Traps
Having a grease trap that is not regularly cleaned and maintained, poses more than just a risk of bad-tasting food, but serious safety risks, as well as expenses. Here are four things a dirty grease trap can create:
Visible grease build-up on kitchen hoods, ducts, other ventilation systems, and kitchen surfaces are obvious, but industrial grease traps post a not-so-obvious threat to the safety and cleanliness of commercial and industrial kitchens.
Over half of restaurant building fires come from hazardous cooking conditions, resulting in millions of dollars in damage, as well as lost revenue.
It takes only a few ounces of grease to be a severe fire risk and a grease fire can burn through a typical fast food restaurant in as quickly as five minutes.
Old grease holds odors that can travel and contaminate the flavors of your foods. Not only can the smell permeate the food, but the building as well, making the atmosphere feel thick and unclean.
As grease traps do their job, they separate grease from liquids, allowing for grease to stay trapped instead of seeping into sewage and pipes, causing blockages.
However, if your grease trap is not regularly cleaned (or has not been properly inspected and cleaned for a while), you can develop blockages that could lead to stiff fines and penalties for damages.
If you weigh the cost of fire damage, lost customers, possible fines and property loss, against the cost of regularly scheduled maintenance of your grease trap, the conclusion is simple. By making arrangements to keep your grease trap clean and clear, you avoid potential disasters that could cost you in the long run.
Contact us today and ask about our proven 14 Point Inside Grease Trap Preventative Maintenance Program. By grease pumping, we can ensure your grease trap is clean, maintained and up to all health regulations.
What Grease Thickness Means for Your Grease Tank
Grease is bad for your plumbing. Food service establishments should have a grease trap, especially if they have a septic tank. Oil and grease in wastewater can cause major pipe clogs and, yes, can cause septic systems to fail, with major implications for human and animal health. A septic tank failure can close your establishment for an extended period of time.
What To Do
The ideal solution, of course, is a grease trap that collects the kitchen grease and prevents it from entering the septic system. However, grease traps must be emptied regularly or they will stop doing their job. Grease thickness is the best sign that a trap needs cleaning and should be checked at least once a month, depending on how active your kitchen is and what cooking methods you use. You can, of course, save money by educating your staff on grease reduction procedures such as dry wiping pots and pans before dishwashing and recycling waste cooking oil.
If you allow grease thickness to build up too much then it will become harder and harder to remove, so it is better to have your trap cleaned more often than less. Ultimately, the grease will harden and you will not be able to scoop it out of the trap as you are used to doing, the sinks will back up and an unpleasant odor will ensue, possibly scaring off your patrons. At this point, your grease trap must be vacuum cleaned by a professional.
Do you have hardened grease? If so, then contact Kline’s Services – we can bring out our vacuum gear and get your grease trap back to its normal functioning. Then talk to us about a maintenance contract to prevent it from happening again.