Any commercially-used kitchen space must have a grease trap (or interceptor if producing large amounts of used oil).
A grease trap is installed in the plumbing system and captures greasy materials that can clog pipes, drains and contaminate our water system. While some kitchens can make do with a small grease trap directly under an individual sink, others must make use of a larger unit, which is typically located outside of the restaurant or underneath the asphalt behind the property.
The Importance of Grease Trap Cleaning and Pumping
A properly operating grease trap prevents animal fats, vegetable-based oils, and other greasy materials from entering the drain and eventually the sewer system, potentially damaging the plumbing and contaminating the water supply. If a restaurant, caterer, school cafeteria, or other commercial kitchen doesn’t have and maintain a clean, functioning grease trap, there are a number of serious consequences. These can range from the unpleasant— such as the terrible odor of old animal fats— to the financially catastrophic, in the form of hefty fines from local municipalities.
While it’s not a pleasant topic of conversation, grease trap cleaning and pumping must be addressed. This is something you simply cannot overlook. Hiring the right people to keep your grease trap clean and regularly emptied is vitally important to avoiding these common commercial kitchen pitfalls.
Penalties for Failing to Clean and Pump Grease Traps
Failure to adhere to the state’s standards for grease trap cleaning and pumping will not be cheap. It will not just hit you in your bottom line, but it will also potentially damage your reputation. According to California state law, mishandling grease that has been collected in a trap or interceptor is punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and prison time.
Fortunately, this penalty is easy to avoid. Obviously, you should only choose a company with the kind of experience, qualifications, and expertise that you know is required. Sustainable Restaurant Services takes the responsibility of protecting your business and our water system seriously.
Find the Right Service for the Job
Sustainable Restaurant Services can help you with the vital task of keeping your grease trap regularly cleaned and serviced. Routine cleaning of the grease trap, which includes emptying and scraping the trap of debris and residue, also helps reduce the need for pumping out the whole plumbing system.
However, Sustainable Restaurant Services can take care of both needs as they arise or by setting up a regular grease trap maintenance scheduled. When we pump your grease trap, we remove the oils and other waste and leave you with a clean, sanitary system that will pass any inspection. The grease that we haul away is then sustainably recycled at our state-approved facility. We are compliant with state and city regulations regarding the disposal and recycling of grease and other restaurant waste products. And in the even that your drain does become clogged we can clear the blockage with our environmentally friendly hydro jetting service.
Trust us to effectively clean, pump, and maintain your grease trap and exhaust hood so that the life of your system is prolonged and you don’t face sanitation problems, fines, or odor issues.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help your Southern California restaurant or commercial kitchen.