The EPA requires that your grease trap remain functional and clean. If you’ve been putting it off, here are a few signs it’s time to schedule your Daytona restaurant grease trap cleaning.
What Your Grease Trap Is Used For
Your grease trap catches oil, grease, and sludge and separates them from the water that goes down your drain. This is very important because any of that going down your drain would be detrimental for your pipes. Maintenance is something that is recommended every 90 days, depending on the level of use.
Unfortunately, maintenance is something that is commonly overlooked. If you aren’t sure whether it’s time for your cleaning here is a breakdown of some common signs.
It’s More Than ¼ Full
To avoid any health and safety concerns, the EPA requires you to empty your trap when it’s ¼ of the way full. This is because once it hits that point, it can start to cause problems. One thing that it affects the most is the functioning of your kitchen sink. If you check and it’s ¼ full, it’s time to call in the professionals.
If you’ve noticed it taking longer for your water to drain, there’s a good chance your grease traps are at capacity. Over time, fats, grease, and oils will solidify in your trap. Just like a clogged pipe, if your traps have developed a massive build-up, it’ll be harder for water to flow through your drain system. This results in a very slow-draining sink and this is the perfect time to schedule your Daytona grease trap cleaning.
The combination of solid food waste, grease, fatty oils, and sludge doesn’t smell very good if they’ve been sitting for an extended period of time. As they combine and solidify in your grease trap, they begin to rot and can smell. To avoid this unpleasant situation, it’s best to get regular cleaning done.
The easiest way to avoid these issues in your kitchen is to clean out your grease trap regularly. As a restaurant owner, it’s your responsibility to maintain your grease trap and ensure that it’s operating correctly and removing oils, grease and other sludge from your water.
Setting up a regular Daytona restaurant grease trap cleaning will ensure it never gets full, that you stay in compliance with the EPA standards, as well as your utility company’s pre-treatment requirements. Call us for a free estimate to get started with regular maintenance on your grease traps!