Grease Trap Maintenance 101: What To Expect Of The Appointment

Posted on: 25 May 2021

The grease trap in your commercial kitchen is an essential component to protect your main drain lines from the grease, fats, and other contaminants in the kitchen. Because the grease trap collects all of those things to keep them out of the main drain, it needs to be cleaned periodically. Grease trap maintenance is essential. Here's a look at what you need to know about the grease trap maintenance process.

Accessing The Grease Trap

The first step in grease trap maintenance is accessing the grease trap. The contractor will need to use a bar to remove the cap from the grease trap. Once that cap is removed, they will need to pull the upper grease trap assembly out to be able to access the storage container inside.

Evaluating The Contents

Before emptying the grease trap, your contractor will measure the contents of the storage compartment. This is an important step because it allows your contractor to evaluate the amount of grease production so that you can adequately estimate the frequency of your grease trap maintenance schedule. 

The measurement will be taken with a dowel or a ruler. The level of the grease will be notated so that you can compare it between maintenance appointments. This helps you to determine trends in your kitchen's grease production, which helps you to avoid grease clogs and backups in your kitchen's drain lines.

Cleaning The Grease Trap

The next step of the process is to remove the contents in the grease trap storage compartment. First, the technician will remove the liquid sitting at the top of the grease trap. That liquid will be extracted to a bucket or container. Then, the grease solids are removed and disposed of. Once the compartment is empty, the technician will clean it with detergent and water. After cleaning, your technician will reassemble the grease trap.

After your grease trap maintenance appointment, the technician will also advise you if there's any repair that needs to be done to the trap or the rest of the drain structure. They will also advise any adjustments needed to your maintenance schedule based on the amount of waste accumulated in the trap since your last service. The more you understand about the process and what to expect of it, the easier it is to prepare for that appointment. Talk with a local contractor today to schedule a grease trap cleaning and maintenance appointment in your kitchen.