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Four Risks of Uncleaned Grease Traps

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Having a grease trap that is not regularly cleaned and maintained, poses more than just a risk of bad-tasting food, but serious safety risks, as well as expenses. Here are four things a dirty grease trap can create:


Visible grease build-up on kitchen hoods, ducts, other ventilation systems, and kitchen surfaces are obvious, but industrial grease traps post a not-so-obvious threat to the safety and cleanliness of commercial and industrial kitchens.

Over half of restaurant building fires come from hazardous cooking conditions, resulting in millions of dollars in damage, as well as lost revenue.

It takes only a few ounces of grease to be a severe fire risk and a grease fire can burn through a typical fast food restaurant in as quickly as five minutes.


Old grease holds odors that can travel and contaminate the flavors of your foods. Not only can the smell permeate the food, but the building as well, making the atmosphere feel thick and unclean.


As grease traps do their job, they separate grease from liquids, allowing for grease to stay trapped instead of seeping into sewage and pipes, causing blockages.

However, if your grease trap is not regularly cleaned (or has not been properly inspected and cleaned for a while), you can develop blockages that could lead to stiff fines and penalties for damages.


If you weigh the cost of fire damage, lost customers, possible fines and property loss, against the cost of regularly scheduled maintenance of your grease trap, the conclusion is simple. By making arrangements to keep your grease trap clean and clear, you avoid potential disasters that could cost you in the long run.

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