Commercial Grease Trap Cleaning
Serving Vancouver WA | Portland OR
Restaurants, hotels and other institutions that operate large kitchens are equipped with grease traps. The reservoir captures animal fat and vegetable oils so that the materials are removed from the wastewater that flow through the plumbing system of a commercial kitchen. This prevents these contaminants from reaching the sanitary sewer lines. Depending upon the size and location of the facility, the grease trap may be installed inside or outside the building.
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Kitchen Grease Trap Blockage
Similar to artery-clogging cholesterol, fat, oil and grease (FOG) can block the drains of a plumbing system. It is important to keep FOG out of drains for the health of the plumbing and water systems. In addition to clogging the facility’s drains, FOG creates problems at wastewater treatment facilities. Grease traps are designed to handle the large volume of FOG created by a commercial kitchen. They slow down the flow of hot water containing FOG. This allows the water to cool and the contaminants to separate out before the liquid enters the sewer line. The FOG forms scum on top of the water inside the trap. Kitchen grease trap cleaning is required to remove the scum before it can cause problems.
Signs of a Clogged Grease Trap
Most local regulations require commercial grease trap cleaning on a monthly basis. If traps are not properly maintained, grease could build up inside. This can cause sanitary and plumbing issues. Signs of a clogged grease trap include:
- Sinks connected to the grease trap run slow.
- Toilets sinks and other fixtures in other parts of the plumbing system back up because of the clog.
- Foul odor emanates from sinks and floor drains.
- Clumps of grease and other debris escape the trap clogging various parts of the system.
Contact a Professional Kitchen Grease Trap Cleaning Company
Commercial grease trap cleaning by an experienced professional helps an organization comply with all applicable local and state grease abatement regulations. The service ensures that all devices and fixtures are properly connected to the system. A system test verifies that the plumbing is flowing freely and waste products are being drained properly.
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