If you own a restaurant, a cafe, a hotel or perhaps a hospital you would know about the challenges associated with the maintenance of a commercial kitchen. During the cooking process fats, oils and grease are present and need disposed off correctly or else it will lead to a blockage in the drainage systems, leading to further problems. And, you even need to stay within the laws that are quite stringent. But you can certainly get out of this problem with the presence of Grease Trap or grease removal device in your plumbing system. It is one of the major solutions to the problems involved with industrial grease management.
The main issue with Grease is…..
Grease is a complex of chemical compounds found in an industrial kitchen. It is categorized into two different types: brown grease and yellow grease. The yellow grease is regarded as Recycled Vegetable Oil (RVO) which is the resultant of the recycled cooking oil recovered from deep fryers and griddles. This yellow grease is actually as valuable as gold – due to its versatile nature it is used in manufacturing soap, rubber, detergents, fuel, animal feed and even clothes. So, it’s an incredible $2 billion industry On the contrary, the brown grease is the fats, oils, and fog generated as food waste during the cooking process. In the other hand, the brown grease is perceived to have of no use and so it is discarded down the kitchen sink which is typically connected to a sewer or a local wastewater disposal system.
The amount of grease generated by commercial kitchen depends on the frequency and the type of cuisine prepared. Though it sounds good enough to get rid of this brown grease by discarding, it could create a havoc if not treated properly. When you dump the warm grease in the sink it appears in the liquid form. As this grease moves through the plumbing ducts and the temperature falls, it turns into a thick sturdy mass which could cause a lot of serious consequences. Consequently, the hardened grease leads to blockages in sewer collection lines causing overflow of waste water from the sewers. It sticks to the inner walls of the drainage pipes and inhibits the smooth flow of water down the pipeline. Even use of detergents and bleach to clear the line cannot fix the issue. It may seem to solve it initially. But later the mixture turns back to thick solid mass.
Clogged sewer lines outside your food establishment or any building can cause putrid grease backups into your kitchen, the parking lot or other possible areas. It can also invite a host of bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi to cause serious diseases to your kitchen staff and other workers. Moreover, this may even put your customer’s health at risk. You may find it extremely difficult to find someone willing to dine at your restaurant while the entire place is filled with a foul odour.
Following certain green practices inside the industrial kitchen can enable your Grease Trap to serve you for years. There are also a few very simple guidelines that can reduce the amount of grease, oils and solid fats entering the Grease Interceptors:
- Avoid disposing of used cooking oils in the sink. Instead, keep it aside for recycling.
- Scrap the food from serving plates and dishes before washing it.
- Avoid disposing of hot wastewater into the sink. It is best to reduce its temperature and then dispose of. This will enhance the functionality of the Grease Trap.
- Have the details about the wastewater volumes generated in your commercial kitchen along with the flow rate. Both the factors should correspond to the trap’s design capacity.
- Try installing pre-treatment devices that minimize the contaminant levels in wastewater from sculleries or kitchens.
- Avoid using running water for thawing frozen food.
- Train your kitchen staff to follow the green guidelines.
This will help you stay away from the grease problems discussed above. More importantly, it will help you to keep your property premises and the neighborhood clean and green. So, when the food and health inspectors come for the regular rounds, you need not worry at all.
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