How and Why to Keep Your Grease Traps Clean

In the right context, grease can be the key ingredient to some truly delicious meals—think mouthwatering fried chicken and crispy bacon. However, for operators of large-scale and commercial kitchens, grease can wreak havoc if you’re not keeping your grease trap cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Left untended, those fats, oils and greases congeal into a semi-solid mass filled with food and other debris that can make cleaning your grease trap a real chore.

While you might be tempted to put off cleaning your grease trap, neglecting this task is risky. When grease accumulates, it can clog drainage pipes, obstruct the flow of wastewater and cause sewage to back up. Left untended, accumulated grease can pollute public waste systems and the septic tank attached to your business. In addition, grease can attract flies and vermin and draw the ire of neighboring residents and businesses. Before you know it, you may be dealing with complaints to local health agencies, inspections, and fines for violations of environmental laws.

Running afoul of municipal and state agencies for non-compliance can add up to fines ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand per violation depending on your jurisdiction. When you factor in bad press and negative word of mouth from repeated environmental and health violations, neglecting your grease trap is more trouble than it’s worth.

Investing in preventive maintenance makes sense from a financial perspective. The cost of repairing clogged drainage pipes and pumping septic tanks can add hundreds of dollars to your annual budget. Businesses have two choices when it comes to cleaning grease traps. You can either go the DIY route or hire a professional. While DIY options might seem like a less expensive alternative, it’s not always a viable solution. Establishments may not have the proper equipment to properly clean grease traps and dispose of the waste.

If you’ve been putting off cleaning your grease traps, consider bringing in a professional team to handle the dirty work. Keeping your traps running smoothly eliminates unnecessary costs and any risk with health regulations. The peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re in compliance is worth every penny.

For information on grease trap cleaning from RWS, download a PDF here.