Make Grease Trap Woes A Thing Of The Past By Avoiding These Nasty Habits

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All grease traps need to be pumped and thoroughly cleaned regularly or they will cause problems. In addition to emanating foul odors, under-serviced grease traps may allow grease to enter your main sewer line, resulting in a major backup that shuts your restaurant down for hours or days. If you want to avoid these problems and more, you have to maintain your trap and avoid doing anything that might make your trap less reliable. Following are some nasty habits you should avoid. 

Do Not Put Off Maintenance

To keep your trap working properly, you must have it serviced regularly. The frequency that's right for your business depends primarily on how quickly your trap gets full and the laws in your area. Most municipalities require businesses to have their grease traps pumped and cleaned monthly. However, you may have to do yours more often. You should clean your trap once 25 percent of the volume consists of solids or liquids. 

Do Not Put Hot Water in Your Trap

Whenever you put hot water in your trap, you melt and stir up the solid grease, which can then enter your pipes where it will later cool and harden. As you can imagine, this can cause huge problems. Be sure to never pour hot or boiling water down your trap or to have your trap hooked up in such a way that hot water from your dishwasher flows through it. 

Do Not Put Food in Your Trap

Scrape plates, making sure that all food is properly disposed of, before washing them in your sink. Also, make sure your garbage disposal is not linked to your grease trap. The goal is to keep as much solid food and grease as possible from entering your trap. If solids are allowed to build up quickly in your trap, you will have to clean it more often. 

Do Not Put Chemicals in Your Trap

Enzymes, drain cleaners, bleach and other chemicals can destroy beneficial bacteria that your trap needs to function properly. Never put anything down your trap without asking your plumber first. Also, be wary of products that are marketed as healthy enzymes for your trap. Not all of them work as they should, and some may even cause you issues. 

In addition to avoiding these habits, be sure to follow a strict maintenance schedule. If you don't know how often you should have your trap cleaned, talk to your plumber (or companies like AAA Pumping Service). 

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