Grease Trap Cleaning: How Often Should You Clean Your Grease Trap?

Apr 26, 2022 | Frequently Asked Questions

Grease trap cleaning is something that every restaurant should do. You can keep the number of FOGS down with this method. This is one of the chores that are often forgotten or skipped. You can use this guide to create a grease trap cleaning plan for your restaurant.

Use the One Quarter Rule

Keep an eye on your grease trap, and when it is a quarter of the way full, it is time to clean it out. The reason for this is because, at this point, the trap becomes no longer effective.

So instead of the trap catching the grease and oil, it will escape into the pipes. Now you dramatically increase the chance of overflows and blockages.

When you have these leakages happen, you greatly increase the risk of fire and food contamination.

You need to keep an eye on your grease trap, and when it is about halfway full it is time to clean it out. The reason for this is that, by this time, the trap no longer works. Trap catches grease and oil, so grease and oil won’t get into the pipes.

Now you dramatically increase the chance of overflow and blockage. If you have these leaks in your pipes, you greatly increase the risk of fire and food contamination.

Create a Maintenance Cycle

Your grease trap needs to be cleaned about once a year, based on its size and the amount of grease that it produces.

There is a standard time of one to three months for an aquarium to require cleaning, but it depends on a number of factors such as the quality of your water, the lighting

Clean out your grease trap regularly to make sure you have enough to meet the EPA’s required amount of oil that you must have in your home.

You can start a cleaning schedule that’s tailored to your timeline.

If your grease trap fills up and needs cleaning in less than a month, it’s time to replace it with a larger one.

Know the Law

If you choose to skip cleaning the grease trap, or if you remove the entire trap, you may have a bigger problem.

Restaurant owners who make the mistake of allowing customers to smoke in their restaurants can receive large fines or even have their business closed down.

Contacting a professional cleaning service can be an important decision.

They can explain the details of the laws and help you create a cleaning maintenance plan that will comply.

Prevent the Problem

There are ways you can reduce the grease trap from filling up quickly. Have your staff scrape everything. That means cleaning off the FOGS from the plates and cookware before you wash it.

Instead of depending on yourself and your staff to clean the grease trap, hire a professional service. This ensures that the trap is cleaned on a consistent basis.

You know what your business volume substantially increases during certain months. You also know that your customers don’t buy new merchandise every day.

Make sure your house is clean by scheduling extra cleaning during this period, and then let your cleaner know about any special requirements or issues you’re having.

Do Your Grease Trap Cleaning

By practicing consistent grease trap cleaning and staying in compliance with the law you reduce the number of headaches you have to deal with. So hire a professional cleaning and check this gross cleaning task off of your to-do list.

Contact us today and have your grease traps cleaned.

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