You may not be aware of it, but it is actually a code violation to dispose of grease, fats, and oils through the City of Edmonton’s sanitary and storm sewers. Nearly half of Canada’s sanitary sewer overflows are caused by the reckless dumping of fats, oils, and grease down sinks and drains. This is why grease traps and interceptors are some of the top items inspectors look at when they come to review a food production facility or restaurant. If you do not have a grease trap in place, or you fail to hire a company to perform grease trap cleaning, Edmonton health inspectors could levy a fine up to $10,000 against the owner of your restaurant.
Has it been a while since you’ve last had your grease trap cleaned? Call Canessco Services Inc. to schedule grease trap cleaning, today!
When you soak your dishes in the kitchen sink, have you ever noticed that fats, grease, and oils generally float to the top of the water while food particles typically collect at the bottom? Grease traps and passive grease interceptors work on the same principles. Since grease, fats, and oils are lighter than water, they will naturally float to the top.
In most restaurants, the wastewater is either drained into a passive grease trap interceptor or grease trap. Within the trap, there is always a middle layer of water that is free of fats, oils, and grease. Remember our kitchen sink example? A grease trap only allows for this middle layer of water to continue on to the sanitary sewer system.
Unfortunately, you cannot. Most floor drains lead directly to the city’s storm sewers, so dumping grease, fats, and oils down the drain is not only illegal, but harmful to the city’s infrastructure.
Not to mention the odours and health hazards, grease traps and interceptors should be cleaned out every so often to prevent blockages and spills that can make quite a mess. Having your grease trap cleaned by a professional ensures you remain in compliance with city codes, your grease trap doesn’t produce off-putting odours, and keeps your grease trap working as it should.
If it’s been a while since your last grease trap cleaning, Edmonton restaurants and food production facilities can call Canessco Services Inc. to schedule a cleaning. Once we learn about the volume of foods you produce and your specific needs, we can then recommend a routine cleaning schedule. To get started, simply call us today!
We recently heard of a restaurant in the Calgary area that had to permanently close up shop due to unsanitary conditions, partially as a result of a non-functioning or non-existent grease trap. Not only were they forced to close, but the co-owner of the restaurant was levied $56,780 in fees. We would not want this to happen to any of the customers we serve, so please stay up-to-date on your grease trap cleanings!