There’s nothing as unnerving in your restaurant as a clogged drain. Imagine your kitchen sink filled with settled water and an unavoidable halt to your kitchen activities. This is an experience no one wants to go through.
Greasy food remnants that get trapped into the drainage system your kitchen sink are perhaps the number one cause to clogged drains. Sure, you can thoroughly discard all the solids from your cookware and silverware in the trash, but chances are that the debris will remain and be unequivocally poured into your kitchen sink.
The good news is that you can invest in grease traps. For the most part, grease traps are normally installed in large settings such as restaurant kitchens with large food outputs, or venues with professional-style kitchens. However, if it fits your budget, they are excellent resources for your business.
To ensure proper installation and that all jurisdictional codes are followed, it is wise to have a plumbing expert on the job. Depending on the setting, whether it is a restaurant that produces a lot of food and grease waste or a venue with a smaller capacity, grease traps are installed then pumped when full by a professional plumber.
To efficiently function, a grease trap must be properly sized, fitted and installed into your plumbing system. In the long run, adding grease traps to your plumbing system can be very beneficial however, they are quite expensive to install.
If water waste is discarded into your tank without passing through grease traps, the greasy solids in the water settle to the bottom of the tank thus, forming scum. The scum is easily broken down and digested by bacterial activity in the tank.
However, large amounts of discarded food remnants such as those from restaurant kitchens can produce overwhelming amounts that become unbearable even for the storage tank. This results in blockage of drainage pipes and the rapid filling of the septic tank.
Additionally, large amounts of greasy and fatty deposits are also most likely to get hardened during the cold weather thus, enhancing the risk of blockages. Installing grease traps significantly reduces the risk of such problems.
Like with other components of the plumbing system, grease traps may also experience some problems. The common issue is clogging in compartment crossovers. A grease trap comes with two compartments – one compartment separates solids and liquids whilst the second one supports the release of water into your sewer system.
Debris commonly gets trapped in the crossover line that connects the first and second compartments. A clog can also occur elsewhere within the lines and compartment which easily affects their function. A grease trap may also not pump grease out effectively from either compartment thus, making it overflow and dysfunctional.
This is vastly due to delayed pumping of your grease trap. Grease traps are also prone to common smells. There are several common causes to this such as degenerated grease trap opening which allows food remnant gases to penetrate to the outside and delayed pumping and draining of your grease trap.
As simple as common grease trap problems may appear to be, it is still advised that you call a professional plumber – ideally one that is experienced in waste management to repair and maintain your grease traps. Doing it yourself will wield disastrous results.
Grease trap professionals will not only properly diagnose and maintain your system, but they are well versed with your local aerial laws stipulated on waste management. Violations of such laws and regulations will lead to penalties.
Cleaning and pumping out your grease trap at least every 90 days, or 60 for busy kitchens will significantly reduce the risk of damage and problems on your grease traps. Plus, it will also save you from potential penalties.
The number one reason for using a professional plumber is to ensure that your grease trap is properly sized and installed. Improperly installed grease traps will lead to problems with the traps function.
Avoid using enzymes or solvents to clean the grease trap. This is because these chemicals will separate the grease and fats from water, but they will not breakdown the grease. Thus, grease will keep flowing down and proceed to clog your drain.
Some chemicals may also be harmful to your pipes. Line jetting is an effective grease trap cleaning method used by many professionals – and it should be just that, let the professionals do it! A hose with jets is inserted into your plumbing system then water is flashed out at high pressure in a circular motion on the surface to ensure thorough cleaning. Up to 4000 pounds per square inch of fast-moving water is normally discharged.
And remember, whether you choose to clean out the grease trap or sought after services of a professional plumber, you must always call a licensed waste contractor to dispose off the debris. Although your licensed professional plumber and waste management contractor will know this, you must ensure proper preparations are made to clean your grease traps.
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