25 May. 17

Grease Traps 101- All You Should Know

Understanding grease traps and how they work is critical for homeowners, restaurants and food businesses.

This knowledge can help avoid common drain clog issues and overcome plumbing problems so that the kitchen keeps functioning like it should.

First off, you should know that grease and oil in the kitchen is often the culprit behind drain clogs.

This is also the reason why many state regulations require commercial kitchens to install grease traps to keep wastewater systems free of debris that can end up in blockages.

Grease traps are designed to filter out all oil, grease and food particles before the water makes it to larger sewer systems. The filter can then be removed and cleaned before being reinstalled.


Grease traps work by slowing down the movement of water from the kitchen drains. Slowing it down also cools it and moves the oil and grease to the upper surface, making it easier to skim away. Once the grease and oil residues make it to the top, they are trapped in the filters and kept from entering the wastewater systems.


To minimize costs. Maintaining your grease traps will help you save time and money in the long run.

The longer you go without it, the higher the chances of you encountering complete clogs to the point where you may need to consider halting your commercial kitchen operations.

Since grease solidifies when cooled down, it may keep building layer upon layer until it completely clogs your drain systems.

On the other hand, not maintaining grease traps could also lead to penalties and fines. Make sure that you instruct employees to discard oil, fat and grease separately instead of washing it down the drain. While it may be convenient to just pour it down the sink when it is hot, it could cause a lot of trouble.

Perhaps the most important reason to clean and maintain grease traps is to stay effective and efficient. As a food business owner, any issues in the kitchen that require you to stop using the drains could mean that you would be unable to use it. This means downtime, and downtime means halted production and dissatisfied customers.

As leading drain repair service providers, we can help. Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment and find out how we keep your grease traps cleaned and maintained.