If you own a restaurant in the Atlanta area, you know how important a good grease trap is. It’s necessary not only to maintain a clean establishment, but to ensure that you can continue running your business the way it needs to be run. Without a functional grease trap, that simply won’t be possible.
THE PROBLEM WITH GREASE
Fats, oils and grease – or FOG as they are known in the industry – present a unique issue for the pipes and drains of a given plumbing system. They liquefy when hot, which makes it very easy to pour down the drain. Unfortunately, they solidify when they cool off, and in the pipes of your plumbing system can harden to turn into a very sticky clog.
That’s bad enough in residential homes, but the issue there can be easily resolved with a little foresight: just pour the FOG into an empty can or similar receptacle instead of the sink, and throw it into the trash when it cools. Restaurants and similar businesses, however, rarely have the time to be that careful. With hundreds or even thousands of customers a day, you simply can’t police any trace FOG which gets poured down the drain. And while a residence can simply call a plumber and sit tight when a clog appears, a stoppage in your kitchen drains can bring your entire business screeching to a halt.
GREASE TRAPS TO THE RESCUE
A grease trap solves this interminable problem for your restaurant in an extremely elegant way. It’s essentially a holding tank for all the wastewater poured down your drain. When the water enters the tank, solid material settles to the bottom, while lighter material – like grease and oils – float to the top. The wastewater in the center can safely drain into the main sewer line, leaving the FOG in the trap until it can be removed.
GREASE TRAP INSTALLATION AND SERVICING REQUIRES A PROFESSIONAL
You can’t install a grease trap properly without proper plumbing qualifications, and servicing goes well beyond simple installation. When installing a grease trap, you need to keep your business’s demand level in mind so that it can properly handle the workload. That means careful consultation with the plumber, which can also determine such factors as the placement of the grease trap and the time of the installation. (Timing is particularly important, since it will likely disrupt your business. Look for contractors who can perform the job after hours or during similar down times.
But it goes further than that. Grease traps need to be cleaned out on a regular basis (usually monthly) and the contents disposed of properly. Otherwise, again, it could interfere with your ability to do business, and cost you a great deal in lost customers. A quality service can clean out your grease trap periodically, as well as performing maintenance and repair duties.
The friendly professionals at Quick Action Plumbers can handle all aspects of grease trap installation and service throughout the Austell, GA area. Give us a call today!