Your Grease Trap Needs Regular Maintenance – or It Will Cost You!

deep_frying_chicken_upper_wingWe’re not supposed to eat fatty foods, they tell us. Fatty foods clog our arteries. But fat in food gives our food flavor – and flavor makes it hard to push the plate away.

Of course, foods contain fat – and in restaurants, that fat becomes grease, and grease becomes – another kind of problem, clogging pipes, service lines, and sewer systems. That’s why you have grease traps, which are designed to do just what the name implies, trap fatty oils, greases, and sludge, and separate the oils from water. Those substances pass through a catching system, which gives them time to cool off and solidify, and the water passes through the drain as normal. This system must be maintained regularly to work effectively in keeping your grease trap clean. When done correctly, learning how to clean a grease trap will save you ample amounts of money for your business.

A grease trap will contain animal fats and vegetable oils in kitchen wastewater that flow through your plumbing system before they reach sanitary sewer lines. If grease builds up too heavily, your lines will become clogged and backed up – not a pretty sight, or smell. And it’s certainly not good for business, since your kitchen cannot function without properly flowing lines.

The last thing you want is for all that grease waste draining into public waste systems or septic tanks. It takes a long time for it to break down and decompose which means during the process, it becomes rancid and emits toxic bacteria into the air that is harmful to the environment and is unhealthy for everyone. It’s critical that grease traps be cleaned, pumped and maintained on a regular basis.

When it comes to grease trap maintenance, we can set your business up on a time-and-money-saving preventive schedule, or we can just come quickly when you call us. SLM Facility Solutions Nationwide arranges for regular maintenance, cleaning and verification of your grease traps, interceptors and life stations. We make sure your traps are maintained for compliance and regularly let you know if there’s any buildup of FOG, BOD, TSS or pH in the tanks. We’re also there in the event of an emergency.

Best of all, we can provide you with a free assessment of your grease traps and give you an idea of what you might want to consider doing. You have nothing to lose from having a free assessment done and everything to gain.

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