Dealing With Grease

Dealing With Grease

Grease can be a real problem. If you have ever mistakenly poured grease our liquid fat down your sink, you will understand why. It can quickly become a problem as the grease turns solid as it cools. The net result is a blocked pipe. This recently happened to a friend of mine who tried to unblock the sink himself. First came the chemical drain unblocker. Then came the wire clothes hanger. Needless to say these two methods were to no avail. In the end he decided to dismantle the pipes below the sink. As soon as he disconnected the pipes, the residual mix of drain unblocker released, some of it spilling onto the wooden floor in his kitchen. The problem worsened as the chemical mix in the liquid was soaked into the wood floor causing it to bulge. He was not a happy man!

Grease on a Bigger Scale

The example above is more common than you would think. However the issue with grease is multiplied many times over in the commercial setting. Businesses in the catering industry (Hotels, Restaurants, Fast Food outlets) deal with huge quantities of grease, oils and fats on a daily basis. As we found out above, disposing of it down the drain is not an option. Indeed proper management of grease disposal is both required and imposed to ensure grease does not enter the sewage systems and cause blockages. Proper grease management is an absolute requirement for businesses in the food and catering industry.

In come the Grease Trap

The grease trap is exactly as it is described by its title. It is an industrial tool that traps grease and in doing so, keeps it separated from the water and sewage system. It works by separating grease wastewater, allowing the grease to rise to the top of the trap where it is stored. It can then be removed and disposed of in the correct way.

Grease trap maintenance

By now we have established that a grease trap is an absolute requirement for businesses in the food and catering trade. However, simply installing a grease trap and leaving it to do its job is not enough. Given the nature of the function it provides, regular cleaning and maintenance of a grease trap is required to ensure it performs optimally while standing the test of time. It will also help to prevent nasty smells from building up. However, cleaning a grease trap is a job left best to the experts. While the frequency of grease trap cleaning will depend on the volume of activities that involve the production and build-up of grease, there are specific elements of the task that only an expert provider will address thoroughly.

If you are in the catering trade and concerned about your grease trap maintenance policy, talk you one of our team of specialists at EDS Ireland today. Will be happy to explain how we can help you to meet your regulatory requirements for grease management. Call us today on 01-8415011.

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