Should my restaurant have a grease trap?

rease Buildup in Your Restaurant Drain

Whether you are running a busy restaurant or a small cafe, most commercial companies are required by law to have a grease trap.  This would also include hotel, hospital and school kitchens which serve food and are therefore likely to produce large amounts of grease. A grease interceptor can trap fats, oils and great before they enter your drainage. 

What is a restaurant grease trap?

A grease trap is a plumbing device designed to capture excess grease, oils and fats from a kitchen. Once captured, the business can organise for the fats to be disposed of safely and responsibly. These are an important fixture for any commercial kitchen as they can prevent any damage to the drainage systems, saving the organisation lots of time and money in the long run. 

Why get a grease trap?

More grease needs to be disposed of than ever before. With more and more people eating out, disposing of grease is becoming a large problem. Once cooled, greases and fats can harden and cause blockages in your drainage. A large build-up can cause contamination to your local water supply. Maintain Drains can install and maintain a restaurant grease trap to catch the grease and stop this build-up, saving you both time and money from any future build-ups. 

Tips to maintain a grease interceptor.

It is important to monitor your commercial grease trap to prevent damages to the device or your drains.  You should contact a drainage specialist if you suspect any damages. 

To maintain your restaurant grease trap, you should: 

  1. Regularly check your trap on a regular basis, at least once a week. 
  2. Do not let the trap fill, the earlier it is emptied the easier it will be to empty and clean. Any overflowing grease will go to the sewers and cause drain damage. 
  3. Do not attempt grease trap installation without consulting a trained contractor

Dorset Grease Trap Installation and Maintenance

Maintain Drains offers a full range of commercial drainage services and emergency maintenance for your business. Our friendly engineers can come to your premises to unblock or repair your drainage, without any hidden costs. Contact Maintain Drains to discuss grease trap installation and our other commercial drainage services. 


What is a grease interceptor and why does my restaurant need one?

A grease interceptor, also known as a grease trap, is a critical device for any restaurant that prepares food. It is designed to trap fats, oils, and greases (FOG) before they enter the wastewater system. Installing a grease interceptor prevents pipe blockages and reduces the risk of costly fines and plumbing issues caused by grease build-up. Maintain Drains offers installation and maintenance services for grease interceptors, ensuring your restaurant meets health and safety standards.

How often should a grease trap be cleaned in a restaurant?

The cleaning frequency of a grease trap in a restaurant typically depends on the amount of grease your kitchen produces and local regulations. Generally, it’s recommended to clean your grease trap every 1-3 months to prevent odors, clogs, and potential compliance issues. Maintain Drains provides professional grease trap cleaning services tailored to your restaurant’s specific needs, helping you maintain a clean and efficient kitchen environment.

What are the benefits of properly maintaining a grease trap in a restaurant?

Proper maintenance of a grease trap in a restaurant offers several benefits including preventing blockages and backups in your plumbing system, avoiding health hazards, and ensuring compliance with local water authority regulations. Regularly serviced grease traps also improve the efficiency of your kitchen operations and help protect the environment from grease pollution. Maintain Drains can help you establish a routine maintenance schedule that keeps your restaurant’s grease trap functioning effectively.

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