One of the messiest drain jobs is dealing with grease trap issues. The grease trap is located under the S bend in your drainpipes and is there to collect grease and food waste so it doesn’t end up mixing with your water waste. At Magic Plumbing, we specialize in drain cleaning, this includes the cleaning and replacement of your grease traps.
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Why Does the Grease Trap Need Cleaning?
Sometimes also called a grease interceptor, a grease trap is found in commercial businesses that handle food. Places such as restaurants, hotel kitchens, bakeries and more. Over time, the pipes in these establishments can accumulate grease. The grease trap is the device that traps the grease before it has time to contaminate their waste water.
As with any plumbing device that accumulates waste, it needs to be emptied every now and then. We do not recommend using liquid grease cleaners on your grease trap, as they can often just liquefy the grease temporarily and create a bigger problem when it hardens again.
Signs You Need Grease Trap Cleaning
If you notice any of the following signs, you could be in need of grease trap cleaning.
- Slow or standing water in your commercial kitchen
- Odd smells coming from your drains
Your grease traps should be cleaned regularly to prevent damage to your pipes and ensure your sinks are running efficiently.
Why Hire a Professional?
A professional contractor should always be called to deal with grease trap cleaning or replacement. The grease in your grease trap can hold many pathogens and bacteria that are best left to an expert to deal with. A professional can safely and efficiently dispose of the grease in an environmentally friendly way.
Since the grease trap is located below the S bend, it’s also sometimes tricky to get to, your trusted San Francisco plumber will need to ensure that the gaskets or valves do not get damaged in the process. Once the contractor removes the grease from the trap, they will rinse and clean the unit before putting it back together again.
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