How important is your grease trap to the smooth running of your business?
For most businesses, particularly restaurants, a grease trap is crucial to their success and I’m sure you’ll agree that no business should lose customers because of a septic back up, grease overflow or a drain issue. At Baltimore Sewer, we know that grease traps can cause serious messes, and we know how to stop them. Call Baltimore Sewer
1. What type of problems occur when a grease trap needs cleaning?
A number of businesses rely on grease traps because of the amount of cooking they do. Hotels, retirement homes, school cafeterias, are just a few of the businesses in Baltimore that need smooth flowing grease. Grease and oil go through the grease trap and to think it will run without regular cleanings is wishful thinking.
If a grease trap is becoming slow or worse has started to back up, then a business might have to shut down temporarily and potentially face a fine with the local health department.
2. How do we stay in compliance with Baltimore health department regulations?
The health department of Baltimore frequently inspects grease traps so cleaning them regularly will keep you in compliance. Depending on how much grease you dispose of, once a month is usually recommended.
3. Can I clean a grease trap myself?
Many commercial kitchens think they can clean the grease trap themselves. It’s a messy business and whoever does the work should wear old clothing, a mask, and protective goggles.
You’ll need to have something to put the grease in such as a trashcan lined with at least two trash bags.
Disassemble the grease trap and remove as much as the grease and oil as you can. Using a putty knife scrape the sides, the lid and the baffles. Then reassemble the trap.
One thing you don’t want to do is dump over the counter drain cleaners down into the trap. This can disrupt the normal procedure of grease breaking down from bacteria in the trap.
When done cleaning the trap you must properly dispose of the grease. This isn’t something you can just haul to the curb for the trash man to take. Contact a hauler or recycler for interceptor waste disposal.
Record the date, the name of grease hauler or recycler and the volume of grease removed on a maintenance log.
Doing the cleaning on your own can seem like a way to save money, but in the end it could cost you more than you save. First of all, grease has to be properly disposed of, something professionals can do on their own. They also have power sprayers and other tools so that your trap isn’t just being emptied, it’s being thoroughly cleaned. If the tank walls are not thoroughly cleaned, when hot water enters the system, it will dissolve some of the grease and send it into the sewer system, costing you further money. Also in cleaning the grease trap it can be easy to reassemble it incorrectly. A technician will not only assemble it correctly, but they will examine the parts during a cleaning and determine if anything is worn or broken. They can then replace that part immediately before it has caused a disruption in your system.
If there are cracks or breaks are in the baffles you may have future issues with grease passing through your trap and into the lines going to the city. If this happens the line past the trap may back up causing your trap to overflow outside. This is something a technician can determine while performing your cleaning.
This is why we always recommend professional grease trap cleaning when you need it.
4. How do I arrange for regular grease trap maintenance?
If you have a commercial kitchen and have concerns about your grease trap or need a cleaning then contact Baltimore Sewer Service.com LLC to talk to a qualified technician.
Many restaurants have outside grease tanks that technicians will empty and legally dispose of the waste.
A technician will also check the inlet and outlet pipes.
Outside grease tanks are often quite large and if not serviced regularly, the tanks could have grease build up that becomes hardened. The result could be a backup or an overflow outside your business.
A technician will suggest a schedule in which to have your tank emptied on a regular basis.
Baltimore Sewer Service assists home and business owners all over Maryland, including:
Our technicians are professionally trained to service and clean any size or type of grease trap located either inside or outside of your establishment.
We will locate your tank and perform the necessary service to ensure the integrity of the system.
The process begins with the complete removal of all grease, sediment and grease-laden water. Once your grease trap is completely cleaned we’ll offer suggestion on how often the trap should be regularly cleaned.
This will allow your business to run completely smooth in the future without any disruptions.
Call Baltimore Sewer for a free quote today!