Our part of the world has its share of restaurants and food-service businesses, and that requires specialized plumbing equipment to handle the load. And it goes beyond just a bigger dishwasher. With so much food waste passing through the plumbing, the chances of a clog or serious blockage goes up a great deal. A grease trap is absolutely required to run any kind of food-based business, and that grease trap needs to be periodically cleaned by a service that knows what it’s doing. How do grease traps work, and why should you find a specialist to cover those services? We’ve provided a few answers below.
The Problem of Restaurant Waste
When you clean the dinner dishes at home, there are certain foods you specifically don’t wash down the drain, such as chicken bones and peach pits. Fats, oils and grease too, should never be poured down the drain, since they can congeal in the pipes and create a nasty clog.
That’s easy to police when you’re only cleaning up after a few family members. But restaurants serve hundreds of customers a day in many cases, and attempt to remove things like fats, oils, and grease from every plate is a practical impossibility. Enter the grease trap.
What a Grease Trap Does
A grease trap is essentially a tank in your drain system, where all of the waste travels when it is washed down the drain. Once in the tank, the waste settles into three basic categories. Solids, such as food waste sink to the bottom of the tank. Grease and similar substances float to the top. That leaves a middle layer of “safe” wastewater that can move from the grease trap to the main drain line to the sewer—allowing it to pass safely off of your property.
The system is quite effective, but it only works when the grease trap itself isn’t full. When that happens, it can shut down your entire business, as can attempting to operate without a grease trap. Fats, oils and grease can easily clog up your drain lines, and when that happens, you can’t simply turn off the water and wait for a plumber. A problem with the grease trap or a clog in the drain line can shut your system down, which means thousands of dollars in lost business.
That’s why you need to have your grease trap serviced on a regular basis (usually once a month, depending on the size of the grease trap and its relation to your daily traffic). It makes sure that the system functions at its best and that your operation won’t ever need to stop. It also gives the technician a chance to look for more serious issues in need of addressing (such as potential leaks). That, in turn, lets you schedule repairs at a time that’s convenient to you, instead of having to disrupt day-to-day operations in the wake of an emergency.
If you need quality grease trap services in Naples, FL for your business, call upon the friendly technicians at Bruno Total Home Performance today to make an appointment!