A grease trap is an essential part of any commercial kitchen. Without it, the separation of grease and water would not occur properly. Because of its important role grease trap should be replaced when they get old in order to:
- Prevent clogging from accumulated greasy solids.
- Prevent your sink blocking regularly and thus giving of foul smell.
- Prevent the greasy solids from finding their way into the main disposal pipes. You may end up with a bill for being the cause of massive clogging.
Here’s a simple process to get you started if indeed your grease trap needs to be replaced:
As the first step you need to contact your local authority that deals with waste solid management. Inquire on whether there any new rules that you should follow when replacing grease trap.
You need to determine the grease size trap that you should buy. Different models vary in size. The bigger the grease trap the longer it will take to fill up, which is something you should bear in mind. Make sure that there is compatibility with the remainder of your kitchen fittings.
You need to shut off all the connection points to the grease trap. It may be better if you shut of the water from the major valve in your home.
Gather the right tools for the job like an Allen wrench. You can always request for help at your local warehouse.
Remove all the connections from the grease trap before removing the trap itself. Be careful with how you remove each part because you need to know the order with which to reinstall them together again.
You should seal in the new grease trap by using a silicone gasket around the drain. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer on this one. The drain assembly can then be reinstalled into the grease trap.
Replace the old trap with the new grease trap and reestablish the new connections including the pipe connection, the sink connection and holding tank vent connection. You may need a clean tee for the tank vent connection.
In the event that your replacement grease trap fails to work, you need to:
- Check whether you installed the replacement properly. You can do that by taking every part apart.
- Call a professional plumber.
Replacing grease traps is not something that needs to occur on a regular basis if you take time to take care of your drainage system. Use hot water to reduce grease. You should also be willing to consult with a plumber whenever there is any blockage that is going on. A professional is better able to pinpoint the source of your problems before the damage becomes significant. You may want to consult want when you determine that the problem in your kitchen is coming from your old and worn out grease trap that is not functioning, as it should. Therefore, consider hiring a plumber as a way to extend the lifespan of your grease trap to save you money in the end.