Keeping Your Calgary Grease Traps Clean

A grease trap is a crucial yet often overlooked and underappreciated component of restaurants and large kitchens. It’s used to separate fats, oils and grease from wastewater and to prevent them from entering the sewer system. Grease that’s allowed to enter the sewers can cause major plumbing issues and is potentially damaging to the environment.

How It Works

Wastewater from sinks and dishwashers gets carried into the grease trap. Here, the holding tank slows down the flow of hot water long enough to cool it down. As it cools, solid food sediments sink to the bottom while grease—which is lighter than water—separates and floats to the top of the trap. The remaining water then gets moved out of the tank into the main sewer system.

Routine Maintenance

Emptying your grease trap is not the cleanest of tasks, but regularly maintaining your equipment will keep it in good working condition. Routine grease trap cleanings will save you costly down time, expensive repairs and headaches, such as:

  • Damages. Food waste breaks down and decays over time. This causes hydrogen sulphur gas to build-up, which can turn into sulphuric acid. This chemical compound is extremely toxic and corrosive and can cause substantial damage to your grease trap.
  • Fines. All food service establishments whose wastewater contains fats, oils and grease are legally required to have a properly working and maintained grease trap. You will be fined if your unit allows too much grease to pass into the main water system.
  • Blockages. Letting grease accumulate greatly reduces your trap’s ability to effectively and efficiently retain waste. This can lead to clogged pipes, which will significantly damage your draining and septic systems.
  • Odours. Waste in your tank will rot over time and begin to smell. If grease trap cleaning is left too long, these noxious smells will go back up through the pipes and seep into your kitchen or restaurant.

All kitchens and commercial restaurants should have their grease traps cleaned every one to two months. This involves emptying your trap as well as properly disposing of your grease in accordance to health and environmental regulations. Depending on the size of your grease trap, you might be required to transport your waste to a licenced processing facility where it will be disposed of properly.

Calgary’s Grease Trap Cleaning Specialists

The only time you’ll ever notice your grease trap is when it stops working, so be sure to keep it clean. If you’re not up to the task, contact the professionals at Electric Eel Sewer & Drain Specialists. We’ll install, service or repair your commercial grease trap to keep your system running smoothly.