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Five Must Knows for Grease Trap Maintenance

Your grease trap is one of your kitchen’s most valuable assets.

Keeping your grease trap properly maintained prevents a whole host of issues, from unpleasant odors to shut-downs and even fines. It’s estimated that across the United States, millions of dollars are spent each year on unclogging sewer pipes from FOG. FOG is an acronym for the fats, oil and greases derived from vegetable, plant or animal sources during cooking. It presents in two different ways; yellow grease results from deep frying, while brown grease contains FOG that floats or settles into solids. Both types pose substantial environmental consequences when disposal is performed incorrectly.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the annual production of collected grease trap waste and uncollected grease entering sewage treatment plants can be significant and range from 800 to 17,000 pounds per year, per restaurant. Routinely cleaning and maintaining your fryer equipment and grease traps not only helps keep a kitchen a safe and healthy place to cook, but also helps preserve local waterways. Further, the EPA reports that collection system owners or operators who adopt FOG reduction activities as part of their capacity, management, operation and maintenance program (CMOM) are likely to reduce the occurrence of sewer overflows and improve their operations and customer service.

With so much riding on grease traps, it’s critical to keep them in prime condition to help restaurants avoid environmental consequences and ensure that they have one less thing to worry about. Here are five must knows for your kitchen grease trap maintenance: 

  1. Understanding Grease Traps
  2. Routine Grease Trap Cleaning
  3. Grease Trap Cleaning Frequency
  4. Consequences of Infrequent Grease Trap Cleaning
  5. The Grease Trap Cleaning Process

Click here for more information on each of the five.

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Credit: Modern Restaurant Management.