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Grease Traps in Calgary

Cooking involves working with a lot of oils, fats, and grease. If these materials are poured down your drains, however, it can cause serious clogs, issues to plumbing flow, nasty odours, and expensive damage. Whether you’re running a five-star restaurant or a humble locally-owned diner, installing grease traps in your drains is a must to keep your business running. At Commercial Mechanical Services, our professional plumbers can install the right grease trap for your Calgary kitchen. This way you can ensure any and all grease, oils, fats, and other cooking debris are properly caught and kept from clogging your drains.

What Is a Grease Trap?

You need a grease trap for your drains, but what exactly is it and what does it do? Simply put, a grease trap is a type of device or tank used to catch grease and other solids before it reaches the sewer or septic line. For example, when wastewater goes down your restaurant’s dishwasher’s drain it may include grease or oil. The wastewater will then flow through the grease trap and into its reservoir. Once the water cools, the grease hardens and floats to the top of the trap where it remains trapped as the wastewater, now cleared of grease, oil, or fat, is pushed through to the sewer.

The Law: Protect Your Business by Installing a Grease Trap

In Calgary, all food service businesses are required by the Wastewater Bylaw to have a grease trap or grease interceptor. Your grease trap must be cleaned regularly with routine maintenance scheduled and recorded for future reference. That’s why Commercial Mechanical Services wants to ensure your commercial kitchen is running at full capacity with our grease trap services. We know that recently many Calgary businesses have failed their inspections because they did not have a grease trap properly installed or maintained. Don’t put your commercial kitchen at risk for fines and closures. Turn instead to Commercial Mechanical Services for grease trap installation, repairs, and maintenance.

Benefits of Installing a Grease Trap

Grease traps offer a lot of benefits to your food service business including:

  • Preventing fats, oils, and grease from being flushed into the sewer system
  • Offering an economical solution by reducing the need for maintenance or repairs on your sewers
  • Keeping your business environmentally-friendly by keeping grease and oil out of local rivers and streams

Without a grease trap, you run the risk of serious blockage of your plumbing. The grease, fat, and oil can harden in your sewer pipes causing overflows in streets and parking lots as well as causing clogged drains, foul odours, and backflow into your sinks.

Repairs & Maintenance – How to Keep Your Grease Trap Working

To keep your grease trap well maintained, Commercial Mechanical Services recommends routine maintenance and cleanings. Large and busy restaurants for example may need to clean out grease traps every 6 to 12 weeks while a smaller restaurant can go for longer intervals. If you notice a bad smell coming from the trap, it’s a good indicator to have it cleaned. For grease traps that require routine maintenance, we recommend scheduling an appointment 2 to 3 times a year. Contact Commercial Mechanical Services.

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