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What can happen if a grease trap isn’t properly maintained?

If you run a commercial kitchen, you know that clogged drains and foul odours are bad for your business. Whether you use a manual grease trap or an automatic gravity grease interceptor to eliminate fats and oils from your wastewater, you need a reliable grease trap cleaning plan to keep it working. Here’s what you need to know.

A grease trap that requires cleaning and maintenance in Calgary

What’s a grease trap?

A grease trap is an essential fixture that attaches to your plumbing to separate grease, fats and oils from your wastewater, preventing these harmful substances from escaping through your drains. It works by cooling the water to a point where the greasy substances thicken and can be removed.


What can go wrong?

Beyond the bad smell, failure to keep your grease trap properly cleaned can pose serious risks for your business. Consider these potential consequences:


·     Health risks. If grease builds up in your pipes, it could cause blockages that can lead to backup and messy spillage inside your facility. Failure to keep a sanitary kitchen can put staff and customers at risk and make your business liable.


·     Environmental hazard. Disposing of fats and grease through your drain can result in contamination of your local waterways and ecosystems. In addition to potentially harming wildlife, you expose your business to penalties.


·     Plumbing system damage. Keeping your grease trap clean is significantly less costly than repairing or replacing your plumbing system. Those costs are compounded if you need to call for emergency service.


In short, regularly scheduled grease trap maintenance makes good business sense.


Grease trap care and maintenance

Do you think hot water and soap can take care of that grease? That’s a myth! Establish a regular cleaning schedule and ensure your staff adhere to it to keep your commercial kitchen compliant with sanitation regulations.


Professional inspections by a qualified plumber are essential to ensure your grease trap works well. When you call The Drain Doctor™, you can rest easy knowing our technicians follow bylaws enforced by the province of Alberta. We’ll provide a FOG (fats, oils and grease) report detailing the condition of your grease trap, including its structural integrity and the amount of grease collected. Our grease trap trucks have special vacuums designed for hard-to-reach spaces.


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For safe, effective grease trap and drain cleaning, trust The Drain Doctor™. We offer commercial plumbing services for your restaurant, retail location or office building, as well as top-quality plumbing services for homeowners. To help our customers avoid disaster, we offer a Preventative Maintenance Program in Calgary, tailored to their unique needs. Contact us today and schedule a grease trap cleaning.


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