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The Important Role of a Grease Trap in Commercial Kitchens

Grease Trap

A grease trap is necessary for the safety of your restaurant and the public water supply!

There is a lot to worry about when running a commercial kitchen, from making sure orders are exactly right every time to minimizing the risks of fire and other dangers. Commercial kitchens are also subject to local regulations which improve safety. Some municipalities require commercial kitchens to have a grease trap installed in their drainage and sewage system. What important role does the grease trap play in the modern commercial kitchen?

The Problem: Fats, Oil, and Grease

Fat, oil, and grease are unavoidable byproducts of commercial kitchens which can cause a lot of trouble. While they start out as liquids, as they move down cooler pipes they end up solidifying. Once in the piping, they form a residue that sticks to the surface, and over time the residue combines with other debris that can end up causing a blockage. This is a problem in residential plumbing, but it is particularly pronounced in commercial kitchens which deal with a high volume of fats, oil, and grease.

The Solution: The Grease Trap

A grease trap is able to stop this collection of residue from building up in your drains. It is a large tank with a pipe in the middle. This pipe allows wastewater to flow through the tank, while food particles sink to the bottom. The grease, fats, and oil rise to the top of the tank owing to its density and the tank is pumped at regular intervals.

A grease trap is required in commercial kitchens because it protects the property from the effects of a clog. Not only that, it protects the general public – backups in the municipal sewage line are more likely when grease and oil from restaurants enter it. This increases the likelihood of a sewage leak which can become a major public health hazard and result in a large fine for the business found responsible for the leak.

Need a grease trap installed or repaired? Call Alpha Plumbing today!


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

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