Restaurant owners and managers should take note of best practices in maintaining their restaurant grease traps.
The first step that restaurant and food service establishments should follow is to have proper grease control equipment installed. Grease control equipment is required because oils, fats and grease can cause major problems in the sewer system. In a restaurant or food service establishment, particularly, many problems can occur such as:
- Rancid odors
- Raw sewage overflows due to blocked sewer lines
- Possible contact with microorganisms that may cause gastroenteritis and hepititis
- Major clean-up, repairs and replacement of property that is damaged
The second step is to routinely clean or pump out grease control equipment. You should regularly check your interceptor to ensure that it is less than 25% full of grease and settled solids. The best solution is to consult with a professional grease trap cleaning and service company to make sure your restaurant grease trap is being serviced properly.
Other best practices for restaurant grease trap maintenance:
- Keep records of grease control equipment cleaning, pumping and maintenance in the event you need to provide them to city inspectors
- Train your team on best management practices for grease control
- Keep your hoods clean and wash hood filters in sinks that flow to grease retention devices that are attached to the sanitary sewer system.