As a restaurant owner, you’re focused on making sure delicious food is leaving the kitchen to keep your customers happy and satisfied. But every once in a while, it’s a good idea to tend to some ingredients that didn’t make it on the plate and ended up going down the drain instead. Yes, we’re talking about the grease trap.
What is a grease trap and where it’s located?
A grease trap – sometimes called a grease interceptor – is a commercial plumbing fixture that catches fats, oils, and greases (FOGs) before they drain into the sewer line. It’s an important device that prevents costly plumbing issues and keeps odors out of the kitchen.
To find the grease trap, look under the sink, the exterior of the building close to the kitchen’s dishwasher station, or in the basement if you have one. If your grease trap is outside, it will likely be under a man-hole cover.
How to clean the grease trap
- Find the grease trap and gently remove the lid.
- Measure the depth of grease in the trap with a ruler. Record this number for future use.
- Using a bucket or small pump, remove the water from the grease trap. Put this water aside since you’ll be using it later.
- Scoop grease out of the trap with a bucket, shovel, or any type of scooper.
- Clean screens and internal parts
- Scrape and clean the sides, bottom, and lid of the trap.
- Pour the water you set aside back into the grease trap.
- When cleaning is complete, replace parts and tightly close the lid.
Before cleaning the grease trap, make sure your restaurant is closed and all your kitchen items have been cleaned for the day. You don’t want the smell of the cleaning interrupting your service. If cleaning the grease trap on a weekly basis isn’t up your alley, you can always hire a professional to do it for you.
At Reichelt Plumbing, we have the knowledge and tools to handle all your restaurant’s plumbing needs, including grease trap servicing. To take one more task off your plate, call us today at (219) 322-4906.