When it comes to a grease trap, many restaurant owners don't immediately consider the connection between this system and their plumbing system. However, a grease trap is closely connected to a structure's plumbing system. As a result, an issue with the trap's maintenance will generally lead to overall plumbing problems.
In a restaurant, the atmosphere is everything. An establishment can have great food and excellent service, but if the overall look and smell of the restaurant are off — you'll likely lose customers. When a grease trap is not cleaned, the leftover food and grease particles inside the trap start to rise to the top.
As a result, the awful odor that accompanies this buildup easily escapes into the air. Eventually, the smell from a full grease trap seeps out of the kitchen and through the dining room, which will leave your guests less than pleased. Unfortunately, they won't know it's the grease trap, but will likely think it's the food you're serving, which might make them walk out.
An issue with a clogged grease trap can also cause the toilets in the bathroom to clog. Grease is a liquid when it's warm, but as it cools, it solidifies. Solidified grease in a pluming line prevents water and waste from passing through.
Consequently, when a customer flushes the toilet, the clog will prevent the toilet from draining, and instead, send the water from the bowl overflowing onto the floor. Not only is this issue a potential health hazard, but it can make for bad business if you don't have properly working bathrooms for your guests to use.
The clogs caused by an overfilled grease trap can also lead to drain issues with the sinks in your business, especially those in the kitchen. For instance, when your staff is washing food items or dishes, the water in the sink will take significantly longer to drain away.
Depending on just how bad the clog is, this issue might even leave the sink inoperable until all the water drains away. From prepping food to cleaning dishes, a drain issue can slow down the staff in your kitchen and ultimately increase the amount of time it takes to serve your guests.
Have you been neglecting your grease trap? If so, you don't want to delay, as you will experience these and many other issues. Contact a commercial grease trap cleaning service to address your maintenance and upkeep needs.