If you have a commercial kitchen, you no doubt have a lot on your plate. Ha ha. Amusing puns aside, though, one of your primary concerns for your kitchen should be the installation of a grease trap. Don’t know what a grease trap is? Read on to find out why it’s so important that a grease trap be installed in your kitchen, and what can happen if it isn’t.
What Is a Grease Trap?
A grease trap is essentially a large rectangular box, often made of steel, which is installed at the junction between your building’s sewer line and the municipal sewer main. As water flows into this box, FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) will float to the top. Meanwhile, more solid waste will sink to the bottom. This clears the waste water before it enters the sewer main.
Why Is a Grease Trap Necessary?
FOG is a pretty big problem for the municipal sewer main, especially in the volumes coming out of commercial kitchens. If enough fog makes it into the sewer main and solidifies, it can cause massive blockages that are expensive and time consuming to fix. This has happened often enough that most cities in the country now require all commercial properties that prepare food to have grease traps installed. If your city has this requirement on the books, and you’re caught without a grease trap, it could mean a pretty hefty fine.
Grease Trap Servicing
Just like a septic tank, a grease trap needs to be cleaned out every once in a while to get rid of the waste buildup. If this isn’t done, the grease trap will cease to function properly and you end up with the same blockage problem as if you didn’t have a trap at all.
If you need a grease trap installed or serviced, call The Sunny Plumber. We provide grease trap services throughout Phoenix, AZ