The temperature is rising and so is the anticipation for summer which leaves you with a laundry list of items to take care of before the season comes into full swing. Is your kitchen prepped? Is your staffed full trained and have the tools handy to exceed your numerous customers expectations? Have all your kitchen appliances received their annual maintenance to ensure they are in tip-top shape?

With your to do list never-ending, where do your grease traps fall? Your grease traps are an essential item to your facility by preventing grease and other waste from entering the waterways and wreaking havoc on the environment leaving you with hefty fines and a giant headache.

Below are three ways to prepare your grease traps and interceptors for your increase in traffic.


Best Practices

Part of your staff’s training should be your Best Practices for Grease Traps. This would involve educating them on what should and shouldn’t be disposed of down the drain as one of the main reasons’ clogs occur is due to what is placed down the drain. Proper training would remedy this issue.

Some simple best practice rules are:

  • Wipe off excess food on plates into the trash prior to rinsing.
  • Always keep a strainer on the sink and floor drains.
  • Do not put any cooking oil, milk, or butter down drains.
  • Solvents should never be poured down the drain as they can seep into the waterways damage the city lines.


Invest in a Regularly Scheduled Grease Trap Cleaning

This task is vital to ensure your grease trap/interceptor remains functioning properly. During the cleaning fat, oils and grease ( F.O.G.)  are removed along with solids. Then the units are inspected for signs of odor, clogs, and damages.

Many states and cities have mandates on how often it should be cleaned but depending on how busy your facility is you may need to have it completed sooner.


Be Prepared for Emergencies and Seek Professional Help.

Although following best practices and having a scheduled cleaning schedule is essential to the health of your grease interceptor, malfunctions and break downs can still occur. When this happens do not attempt to fix it yourself. Attempting to fix the issue without knowing what the problem is could make it worse leaving you with a higher repair bill.

Your management company or repair company should be the first call you make to ensure it is taken care in a timely manner as to not disrupt your guests’ experiences.


Give SLM a call today at 888.847.4449 and find out other ways to get your facility in top shape for the up coming hustle and bustle of summer.