If you are in the process of opening up your own restaurant, you are more than likely going to need to install a grease trap in your kitchen.
#1 If You Discharge Grease, You Need a Grease Trap
Grease traps are a must in any commercial kitchen. If you create any grease or oil discharge, you need to have a grease trap. Grease traps should be included over any sinks that you use for washing and rinsing dishes.
Grease traps should be installed anywhere where wastewater is discharged in your commercial kitchen as well. For example, if your dishwasher discharges all water into a specific drain, that drain should have a grease trap on it.
Even if you try to avoid using a lot of oils in your cooking process, or you don't have any frying equipment, you should still have a grease trap. Even more natural oils, like avocado oils and vegetable oils, can clog up your drain which is why a grease trap is necessary for virtually all commercial kitchens.
Grease traps are also great at catching fat, so that fat that accumulates when cooking meats can also be captured using a grease trap.
#2 Grease Can Cause Huge Plumbing Problems
Grease can cause really big plumbing problems if you don't keep it out of your plumbing lines. Grease gets hard as it flows through your pipes, and can cause layers of the build-up to accumulate that eventually reduce the flow of water through your pipes and can even stop water flowing altogether.
If you are connected to a city water system, grease can damage the collection system. Grease can build-up and harm wastewater treatment plants, as it is hard to remove from the water. If grease gets into the environment, it can be detrimental to bodies of water. Grease doesn't belong in your pipes; it needs to be collected and disposed of properly. It can cost the city you live in when you don't dispose of your grease properly.
#3 Grease Trap Needs To match Your Flow
Your grease trap needs to match the needs of your restaurant. There are variously sized grease traps that you can install below the drains in your commercial kitchen. Grease traps are generally rated at capacities of water per minute that flow through them. For example, a grease trap could be rated to handle 50 gallons of water per minute or 500 gallons of water per minute. A plumbing expert can help you determine how many gallons of water flow through your drain per minute, and can then help you use that information to choose the correct grease trap to fit your commercial kitchen's needs.
If you are setting up a commercial kitchen, make sure that you have the right type of grease traps installed. Grease traps will ensure that your pipes in your kitchen don't get clogged up, and will help the city maintain their pipes and water treatment infrastructure as well.
Contact a grease trap cleaning service for more information and assistance.