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If you own a restaurant or commercial kitchen, it’s likely that you are familiar with your grease trap and the basics of how it functions. Actually, local health and safety regulations in your province mandate that commercial kitchens have processes in effect to manage excess cooking oil and grease through making use of a grease trap system.

Make certain to get in contact with your local septic services company immediately, when you notice your grease trap showing signs of clogging or overflowing. Professionals will have the ability to safely and effectively remove any blockages from your grease trap system, allowing you to feel confident that your restaurant’s kitchen will pass your next health inspection.

If you own a restaurant, your grease trap has to be pumped at regular intervals, if you wish to ensure that it remains functional for every one of your cooking and kitchen preparation needs.

So, how often should grease traps be cleaned?

Here’s the reasoning behind this: After 1/4th of the trap has packed with this grease, the trap is rendered ineffective. When a trap is ineffective, the grease and oils you’re attempting to keep out of the pipes begin to escape, increasing your chances of blockages and overflows.

Consider the 1/4ths Rule
Certainly, there’s a variety of different grease trap systems; however, as a result of their mechanics, there’s a general guideline that can allow you to assess if your trap has to be serviced. Internally recognized standards dictate that a trap must be emptied after 1/4th of its contents has loaded with FOGS (Fat Oils Grease & Solids).

A Cambie Grease Trap Services
It’s likely that you don’t often think of your grease traps, which is more than just understandable considering the other priorities involved with running a successful restaurant. That’s why our team at A Cambie is more than happy to look after your grease trap cleaning for you. We provide a wide range of services including regular pumping and service contracts, accurate record keeping and reporting, hi-pressure jetting, and 24-hour emergency service. Whatever your grease trap needs are, we can help!

First, Consider How Grease Traps Work
Grease traps work by giving fats, oils and grease time to separate from water and rise to the surface. The clean water escapes through an opening near the bottom of the trap but the fat, oils, and grease remain in the trap until it’s emptied. If the flow of water is too great for the trap, the fats, oils, and grease won’t have enough time to separate, and it will follow the water through the trap and into the plumbing system

If you find that your restaurant is filling up your grease trap faster than a month, it may be time to explore resizing your grease trap to meet needs. Beyond the prevention of foul odors and avoiding fines, regular grease trap cleaning can also keep your grease trap pumping as it should, just as long as it can.

Determining Your Maintenance Cycle
If you want to keep your grease trap working properly, you will need to have your grease trap cleaned by a professional a minimum of once every 90 days. However, it is essential to bear in mind that everything is dependent on how quickly your trap reaches that 25% capacity with FOGS. That will base on both the capacity of your grease trap and the amount of grease your restaurant produces.