If you have a commercial kitchen, chances are that you have a commercial grease trap. Grease traps are designed to prevent the majority of solid waste, and especially FOG (fats, oils, and grease) from entering the sewer line and eventually the city main. While grease traps are quite effective at protecting the pipes, they cannot operate forever without professional services. Let’s take a look at why you need to have your grease trap cleaned every few months.
How Grease Traps Operate
A grease trap is essentially a large, rectangular box that is installed in the sewer line of the building. Solid waste that is carried into the grease trap sinks to the bottom, while more buoyant material like FOG rises to the top. This only leaves liquid waste to flow into the sewer line. This works quite well, but there is a limit to the storage space available in the trap. Sooner or later, the grease trap will fill up and need to be drained. If this doesn’t happen, you’re going to run into issues.
The Problem of FOG
If the grease trap fills up completely, it will cause more backups in the sewer line. It will also cause what little waste that does make it through the trap to consist of all the things that normally shouldn’t go into the sewer line. FOG is often poured down drains in liquid form, but it congeals by the time it makes it into the sewer line. This restricts the flow of waste through the sewer line, which can be very expensive to fix. This is why you should get your grease trap cleaned out at least once every few months.
The Sunny Plumber installs and services grease trap systems throughout Phoenix, AZ. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.