Managing the grease that is being produced by your business can be an important task if you are to keep the plumbing safe from some potentially serious problems. The use of grease traps is often the most efficient way of keeping grease from entering the business's plumbing system. However, improper grease trap maintenance can compromise the ability of these devices to intercept the grease before it enters the plumbing.
Keep Solid Materials From Entering The Grease Traps
While the grease traps will be extremely effective at keeping grease out of your plumbing, they are not designed to be able to process solid materials. This can lead to the grease traps becoming clogged. As a result of this threat, you may want to place strainers over any drains that have grease traps equipped. These strainers will intercept the particles that are large enough to potentially cause problems with the system while still allowing water and grease to pass through.
Be Strict With Emptying The Grease Traps
Emptying the grease traps according to their recommended schedule is one of the more important parts of maintenance for these devices. If the grease traps become too full, they can allow grease to start leaking into the plumbing system where it can cause considerable problems. Most grease trap systems will have a gauge on them that can be used to alert you to when it is starting to approach capacity. Using a professional grease trap maintenance service to empty these traps will be the easiest solution when the need arrives. In addition to being able to vacuum out of the grease, these services can also arrange for the grease to be taken to a facility where it can be safely disposed of.
Monitor The Grease Traps For Signs Of Problems Or Malfunctions
Business owners will often fail to effectively monitor their grease traps for signs of malfunctions or other issues. This can lead to them failing to notice potential problems with the unit. For example, failing to periodically inspect the grease traps will stop you from finding leaks that may have developed due to seals failing. Every couple of weeks or once a month, you should check the grease traps to ensure that they are free of potential malfunctions. Fortunately, these trap systems are usually situated just below the drain connection, which can make it fairly easy for them to be visually inspected. These inspections can be a good opportunity to also check the fullness of the grease traps so that you will know whether they need to be scheduled to be emptied and cleaned.
To learn more about grease trap maintenance, contact a grease trap servicing company in your area.