Grease traps are essential, especially in a commercial kitchen. They prevent cooking fat from getting into the drainage system and causing a blockage. Thus, when you don’t have one for your kitchen, the chances of sewer blockage are higher. As such, grease trap installation is a significant step towards sustainable and worry-free kitchen operations.
But even so, you need to empty them once in a while. While professional plumbers can help you with this, it doesn’t have to be too costly. With the help of the following grease trap cleaning tips, you can save money:
Install a Strainer
Remember, grease traps are specifically for FOG (fat, oil, and greases). Therefore, avoid turning it into a dumping point for solid food. When the food gets in there, they tend to fill faster prompting the need to empty them. Also, you may have to deal with frequent clogs because of solid food.
To avoid this costly inconvenience, consider installing a strainer. It will retain solid food in the sink and only allow fluids and FOG to flow through. And thanks to this measure, you can prevent frequent clogging.
Proper Grease Trap Installation
Poor installation of the grease trap makes it fill too quickly. As a result, you’re forced to schedule cleaning more frequently, costing you more. However, when you hire professionals, they’ll install it accurately. This will not only prevent the grease trap from filling up faster but also improve its efficiency.
Have a Grease Container
It’s easy to forget sometimes, and because of that, it’s important to have a grease container in the kitchen. The grease container will be a useful place to dump used oil. Also, it will be a reminder that you shouldn’t dump used oil through the kitchen sink.
Avoid Dumping Grease Directly into the Drain
Even though the grease trap’s main purpose is dealing with grease, you should avoid dumping it directly into the drain. And the less grease you get into your grease grass trap, the less you’ll have to clean it. Further, this will also reduce the cost of maintenance besides that of cleaning.
Furthermore, grease traps have a longer lifespan when they undergo less cleaning and maintenance. Therefore, to reap all these benefits, here are tricks on how to reduce filling the grease trap quickly:
Fry Less and Bake More
The more you fry food in the kitchen the greater amount of grease waste you create. However, you can limit this by baking foods instead of frying them all the time.
Using new oil every time creates more oil than you need to dump. However, you can prevent this by reusing the oil from your kitchen. And with less oil to dispose of, the less of it will find its way into the trap.
Wipe Your Dishes
Before putting the dishes in the sinks for washing, wipe them thoroughly. You can scrap the remaining food off the plate and pour it into the trash can. Doing this reduces the amount of grease that will get into the trap.
Save money by hiring a professional to clean your grease trap regularly. For starters, get an experienced plumbing service like Flamingo Plumbing and Backflow. They’ll help you design an ideal cleaning schedule and deliver results that are in line with local code.
Further, with their experience in providing this service, they’ll ensure nothing gets damaged. And most importantly, they’ll help you handle the awful smell and mess from your grease trap.
Lastly, we hope this piece of information was handy to your search. By implementing each tip, you’ll save money, and also improve the efficiency of your grease trap. And whenever you need professional assistance, contact Flamingo Plumbing and Backflow.