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What Kitchen Managers Need to Know about Grease Trap Cleaning

Honestly, the grease trap is the least appetizing thing about a commercial kitchen. But if it gets ignored, the whole kitchen will soon become very unappetizing indeed. Every restaurant, café, deli, hotel and other commercial kitchen needs to have a plan for grease trap cleaning and general maintenance. Having a plan in place for kitchen waste management means that you can prevent problems rather than have to fix them. Regular preventative maintenance allows your kitchen to be as efficient as possible.

A grease trap collects solid food waste from the wastewater drains to prevent it from clogging the system. This grease is generally liquid when warm but solidifies as it moves through the drain and cools. The trap collects the grease, so it needs to be cleaned regularly to allow the water to continue to flow through.

Developing Your Kitchen Waste Management Plan

Because restaurants and other venues that prepare food can vary so much, they cannot depend on a one-size-fits-all plan. What maintenance staff can do and what requires a professional depends on the skills and expertise of the staff. A large resort hotel, a takeaway and a boutique restaurant will all need a plan for grease trap cleaning, but their plans will differ. The same goes for sewage drain cleaning.

Some kitchens will need their grease trap cleaned monthly; others will be fine doing it quarterly. To develop an effective plan for your kitchen’s waste management and preventative maintenance, consider the following questions carefully.

  • How busy is your kitchen? How many meals does it prepare in a day, and how many days a week is it open?
  • What type of food are your preparing? A chipper and a sandwich shop are not going to need the same grease trap cleaning schedule.
  • Can you coordinate your grease trap cleaning with other waste management solutions provided by the same company such as sewer drain cleaning?

An experienced waste management company can review your establishment and help you determine a good schedule for preventative grease trap cleaning. They can also advise you on other waste management issues such as drain cleaning.

Who Should Clean the Grease Trap?

Deciding who should handle your grease trap maintenance is an important part of your kitchen waste management plan. You can find some how-to videos online and learn how to clean a grease trap. But is that the best use of your time?

Having a staff member clean the grease trap might sound like a tempting way to cut costs. In reality, any organization works most efficiently when people are doing the roles they are trained and prepared to do. What isn’t getting done while a staff member cleans the grease trap? Pulling someone away from their regular tasks to do period maintenance can have a knock-on effect and disrupt the work flow.

A professional company can arrange to clean your grease traps, check your drains and do other work at times when your establishment is quiet. They can visit a dinner restaurant in the morning, and a place with a big breakfast rush in the afternoon. Another reason to have a professional waste management provider do your grease trap cleaning is that they will do more than just empty the trap. A knowledgeable professional can also check the whole drainage system for problems. That means you can catch them early, before they disrupt your kitchen or upset your customers.

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