Friday, October 6th, 2023

5 signs your Cincinnati restaurant grease trap needs to be cleaned and pumped, or repaired

Attention, restaurant owners and managers: your kitchen’s grease trap plays a key role in making sure service runs smoothly, so keep it clean, because if it gets clogged it can shut down your restaurant entirely while repairs are being made.

It’s important to know when your grease trap needs to be cleaned or pumped by an experienced Cincinnati plumber. If any of these signs below sound familiar, it’s time to call Allied Reddi-Rooter. 

Clogged or slow drains

One of the most common problems caused by a clogged grease trap happens when grease gets hardened in the trap and builds up to the point that it restricts water flow throughout your kitchen’s drainage system. This can lead to serious issues like flooding or a leak so bad that kitchen activities will have to come to a halt. 

What’s that smell?

If you suddenly notice strange smells in the kitchen, it could be a sign that your grease trap is clogged. Odors, like a sulfur smell for example, are often caused by a buildup of food waste in the drains. With routine pumping and cleaning of the grease trap, all you’ll smell is the aroma of good cooking. 

Grease everywhere

When you discard grease down your drains, it should stay in the grease trap until it’s cleaned or pumped. If the grease trap is clogged, you might start noticing grease, or a slick residue, in places it shouldn’t be, like the sinks and visible parts of pipes. Don’t ignore this. Instead, err on the safe side and call a plumber. 

Follow the 25% rule

If your grease trap contains more than 25% grease and solid waste, it’s time to get it cleaned. Failing to do this could create bigger problems in the future, so don’t wait to book your appointment. 

It’s overdue for its routine cleaning

We recommend having your grease traps professionally cleaned every three months to make sure your restaurant runs smoothly from open to close. Our plumbers have extensive training and experience servicing grease traps and have helped keep Cincinnati restaurants in top shape for more than 70 years. 

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The team at Allied Reddi-Rooter makes it easy. We offer grease trap service within the Cincinnati, Dayton and connecting I-75 corridor, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The team at Allied Reddi-Rooter is here to help, call or contact the team.  We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.