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It's common to find local and state regulations that require you to clean out a commercial grease trap about every three months (or ninety days, to be more exact). However, if you've been cleaning yours out more often because of odor formation or slow drainage, you need to find out why your grease trap is becoming overwhelmed by grease so quickly. Technically you should be able to go a few months without problems; even if you're legally required to clean it out on a ninety-day schedule, you shouldn't smell anything bad, nor should you have trouble with sink drainage. So what's going on?
Too Much Grease Headed Down the Drain
One very likely problem is that someone in your kitchen is sending too much grease down the drain and through the trap. So the trap is working fine; it's just encountering a flow of fats that shouldn't be there. Maybe a new employee knows not to pour olive oil down the sink but doesn't realize that peanut butter is also forbidden. Or, maybe someone isn't cleaning out a bowl used to make salad dressing that well before rinsing it. You and your kitchen crew need to go step by step and see where the weak points might be. This is an easily correctable problem, so the sooner you start looking, the sooner you'll find and fix the problem.
Damaged Drainpipe or Trap
If everyone in the kitchen appears to be cleaning items correctly, you might have a damaged drainpipe or trap. Technically, this should be easy to spot when the trap is cleaned out. But it is possible that the damage is just out of sight past the trap, so the water trying to flow through the drain encounters obstacles that make it back up. It's also possible there is a drain clog further down the line that is affecting everything.
The area where the trap sits could be damaged itself. So the trap might look fine, but there's a twisted area or crumpled area that is not readily visible when cleaning out the trap.
You've reduced the grease going down the drain as much as possible, and you've verified the trap and drain pipes are all fine and in perfect working order; yet you're still having a problem. Could it be capacity? In other words, are you so busy and washing so many dishes that you're still overwhelming the grease trap just through the sheer amount of dirty dishwater you have to send down the drain?
If that's the case, you need to have some work done on the kitchen to increase the capacity. Often, it's as simple as installing a second sink and grease trap.
Call in a cleaning company, such as Mountain Valley Pumping, that can inspect the trap and do repairs. They can help you figure out why you're having so much trouble when you're doing your best to keep grease away from the drains.