Proper grease trap cleaning can keep your kitchen running smoothly for many years. Save time and money by following these tips from our Geneva grease trap cleaning crew.
If you have a commercial kitchen, you have a grease trap. Don’t have a grease trap? You need one. A grease trap does just that – it catches the grease from all the food waste in your kitchen and keeps it from clogging up the plumbing lines.
Clogging the sewer lines could result in water backups and fines. Check with your local municipality because you could be in violation of city ordinances if you are operating a commercial kitchen without a grease trap. They’re an important piece of equipment that protects the water system.
Once you have a grease trap installed, it can do its job relatively worry-free. Follow these tips from our Geneva grease trap cleaning experts at Acme and you won’t have to spend extra money on grease trap maintenance.
Pro Tip #1 – Don’t Use Your Grease Trap As A Catch-All
Just because you know your grease trap will catch your food waste FOG (that’s fats, oils, and grease) if you wash all of your dishes directly into the sink, your grease trap will fill up much faster than it should.
Do your best to rid your pots, pans, and dishes of FOG before they make their way to the sink and your grease trap can go longer between cleanings.
Pro Tip #2 – Trash Solid Food
One easy way to keep the majority of FOG from getting into your grease trap is to scrape all solid food waste into the trash bin before washing. Solid food can seriously clog your grease trap and the pipes that lead from it to the sewer lines.
Your water lines will stay open and clear if you have a system in place to keep solid food waste out of your sinks.
Pro Tip #3 – Educate Your Kitchen Staff
As the restaurant owner or kitchen manager, you know all of the rules about keeping your grease trap functioning properly. Are you educating your kitchen staff? Making sure everyone is on the same page about grease trap best practices will help keep your maintenance costs low.
Hold regular training sessions with your kitchen staff in case of turnover or lowered attention to detail. We can all become lax in our duties, especially if we’re doing the same tasks every day. Reminding everyone about proper care of the grease trap is good business.
You could even place signs above the sinks and trash bins reminding staff to scrape food off plates and wipe down dishes before they go to the sinks.
Pro Tip #4: Have Your Grease Trap Cleaned Regularly
Even with proper maintenance, you will need our Geneva grease trap cleaning services to visit your kitchen from time to time. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you have your grease trap cleaned at least every three months.
At Acme, we recommend having our technicians perform an on-site inspection of your grease trap and discuss with you what an appropriate cleaning schedule should be. You may need to have your grease trap cleaned more frequently during busier seasons and less frequently if you have a slower time of year.
Check your city ordinances too. You may be required to have your grease trap cleaned on a certain schedule and display that schedule in your kitchen.
Pro Tip #5: Let Acme’s Geneva Grease Trap Cleaning Crew Do Your Dirty Work
Our grease trap crew doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty when it comes to keeping your grease traps clean. If you have questions about the proper maintenance schedule for your grease trap or if you’re ready to get on a regular cleaning rotation, contact us today.