If you run a facility with a commercial kitchen, you know just how important grease traps are. Grease traps are designed to catch most of the grease and oil before it ever hits your sink drain. These substances are less dense than water and tend to naturally separate, allowing for grease-free water to travel through the trap with ease. While they’re very efficient, the traps will acquire wear and tear with age. In some instances, they may be degraded or corroded enough for you to need a grease trap replacement. When the time comes, there a few things you need to consider.
What do I need to consider before a grease trap replacement?
- Durability. There’s a variety of different kinds of grease traps for you to choose from. Big concrete grease traps are definitely the most popular, but they corrode after only a few years. Because of such a high influx of food, grease, and oil, the concrete breaks down. However, some grease traps are made with stainless steel or corrosion-resistant polyethylene. These materials are very long-lasting, sometimes up to almost 20 years.
2. Location and space. If you have a big concrete grease trap, there’s a good chance that it’s behind the building. While there may be plenty of space to keep it there for your grease trap replacement, that’s not always the case. As more facilities are built and businesses move in next door, a more convenient location may be necessary. For larger facilities, a grease trap can be placed in a basement or between stories. Your plumbing expert will be able to advise you on the best decision.
3. Laws and regulations. Commercial kitchens are highly regulated by local health departments and government agencies. The type off grease trap you choose will affect different factors such as how often it needs to be cleaned. In addition, some cities offer discounts when you use specific traps and interceptors.
What do I do next?
Before you get a grease trap replacement, you need to do extensive research to be sure you’re making the best decision for your kitchen. Once you’ve decided on one, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals. Replacing a trap is not something you can do on your own. Fortunately, our expert plumbers here at FloGuard have the skills and training necessary to complete the task. In addition, we have lots of experience with commercial kitchens. Don’t hesitate to schedule your grease trap replacement today. We are available 24/7 and understand the importance of keeping your kitchen running!