A Few Reasons To Hire A Plumber To Handle Your Grease Trap Cleaning

If you own or operate a restaurant, you will need to have some type of grease trap between your sinks and the main sewage system. This must be cleaned regularly to keep wastewater and sewage from backing up into your kitchen. While you may think this task is something you or an employee can handle, there are a few good reasons for hiring a professional to do it for you.

Legal Issues

In many areas, there are laws covering the disposal and transportation of inedible kitchen grease and waste from grease traps. You may be required to have records and documentation as to when and how the grease trap was cleaned and what was done with the waste that was pulled out of it. It may not be legal to just add this waste into the used kitchen oil barrel, so you will need to find a place to put it while waiting for the proper authorities to remove it from your establishment. You may have to pay to have it hauled away.

Performing Maintenance

It might be possible for you or an employee to remove the top of the grease trap and scoop out all the solidified grease and gunk. However, you may not know how to look for any problems in the system or how to fix them. The grease and debris in a grease trap and the pipes leading to and from it are very good at causing clogs. A plumber has the tools and knowledge to clean out the entire system. He or she will not just scoop out the main holding tank and be done with it. In addition, if there are any small leaks or problems that require repair, a plumber, like those at AAA Pumping Service, can do it.

Unpleasant Task

There are many tasks that go along with owning and running a restaurant that are unpleasant, but few, if any, can compare to cleaning a grease trap. Even when the unit is maintained routinely, the job is nasty. It will have to be done after the restaurant is closed and no customers remain due to the smell. You will need to have adequate ventilation during the task or the smell may still be there when you are ready to open for business the next day. In addition, it is a greasy, dirty, time-consuming job. If you have an employee doing it, you are going to have to pay for the extra hours and should pay him or her more for the unpleasantness of the task.

The best way to ensure your grease trap is cleaned and properly maintained in accordance with local laws is to hire professionals to handle the task. You set up the appointment, let the service people into the establishment after everyone else has left, and then come back a few hours later to lock the place back up. The professionals will have cleaned and repaired the grease trap, hauled away the waste, and have aired the building out for you.