The odour from a grease trap is offputting and very overpowering to customers and staff alike. For this reason it is important to empty the grease trap on a regular basis.
If you want your team to clean the grease trap, you need to be aware that they may not clean it wholly or thoroughly; this will impair the performance of the grease trap, which will then lead to blocked drains.
Not only will any blockages create a problem with foul smells and hygiene, over some time they will become toxic.
Leftover food particles that have become deposited in a grease trap will begin to rot; they will then release poisonous gases like sulphates.
These gases, when combined with water, can attack and react with concrete and mild steel. Whether your grease trap is automatic or passive, they both need to be cleaned with different methods and frequency.
If this happens, it means that your grease traps could become ineffective, damaged and will possibly need replacing. You can avoid this upheaval and costly repairs by regularly cleaning your grease traps.
Cleaning the grease trap can be a dirty job, and it must be done correctly. It is advisable to use a company that specialises in this type of work and have the relevant certificates.
Larger grease traps are usually positioned externally from the premises. Whether they are placed above or below the ground, the grease trap a trained specialist with the correct pumping equipment to complete the job correctly. If preferred, smaller grease traps can be cleaned in-house; however, you must ensure that it is cleaned thoroughly and correctly to avoid any blockages.
Whether cleaning grease traps yourself or using a specialist company, it is a legal requirement that a licensed waste contractor must always carry out disposal.
British Water has recommended that your grease trap is cleaned once it is 25% full of solids. If you operate a large commercial kitchen, it may be required to have your grease trap cleaned more frequently.