Grease Trap Services in Santa Fe, NM

If you’ve never heard the term “grease trap” you probably don’t run a commercial kitchen. A grease trap is a key component in a commercial kitchen, but not because it’s actually used for any sort of cooking or meal prep—and thank goodness for that! A grease trap is part of the drainage system in a commercial kitchen, but it’s a bit more complex than the standard gravity-based drain pipe. Rather, it’s a large tank that helps sort through the waste, and it needs a lot of attention.

Our professional plumbers are happy to provide the services you need to keep your grease trap in good condition and protect your sewer pipes. We can also provide a new grease trap installation for commercial kitchen plumbing in Santa Fe, NM. And when you notice issues with your drainage, call us right away. Why wait for service when you can get it express? Give us a call to schedule a plumber in Santa Fe and the surrounding area.

The Danger of Grease

There’s a term that is dreaded by plumbers everywhere: F.O.G. Fats, oils, and grease are very harmful to any plumbing system. They work their way into the pipes as you rinse dishes, and then latch on to the lining of the pipe. At first, it’s no big deal, until more and more F.O.G. accumulates and nearly blocks the flow of wastewater. It solidifies once it cools down, too, and additional debris can stick to all the grease.

F.O.G. is responsible for a majority of clogs in many municipal sewer systems as well. In fact, many cities issue citations and fines to anyone found responsible for a clogged or leaking sewer pipe due to grease. That’s why commercial kitchens everywhere have grease traps on the property.

How Grease Traps Work

A grease trap is essentially just a large tank with a couple of pipes leading into it and out of it. So how does it help to protect your plumbing? It’s not thanks to a series of motors or valves, but rather all due to natural processes.

The water that initially enters the pipes from the kitchen sink may contain food chunks as well as fats, oils, and grease. The buoyancy of all these things means that grease will float to the top, while foods sink to the bottom. A pipe leads out from the center of the tank, so only water moves out to the city.

Proper Grease Trap Maintenance

Grease traps must be pumped every so often to clear them of grease and food particles. How often is tough to say. It all depends on the size of your grease trap and, of course, the volume of food your kitchen prepares in the course of a day. Consult with our plumbers to find out when you should service your grease trap.

Otherwise, proper grease trap usage begins with installation. Choose a company that works on commercial kitchen appliances to install your grease trap in the Santa Fe area. Call Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain. We pride ourselves on providing express service at affordable prices.

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