As a food service establishment owner in California, you are required by law to install and maintain a grease trap. Grease traps are designed to prevent fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from entering the sewer system and causing blockages and backups. In this blog post, we will discuss the requirements for grease traps in CA food service establishments and provide useful tips to help you comply with the regulations.
What is a Grease Trap?
A grease trap is a plumbing device that intercepts FOG before it enters the sewer system. It is typically installed in the kitchen area and is designed to capture FOG from sinks, dishwashers, and other kitchen equipment. Grease traps come in different sizes and designs, and the size of the trap you need depends on the size of your establishment and the amount of FOG you produce.
Regulations for Grease Traps in CA Food Service Establishments
The California Plumbing Code (CPC) and the local plumbing codes in your area govern the installation and maintenance of grease traps in food service establishments. The CPC requires that all food service establishments have a grease interceptor or trap installed on the drainage system to intercept grease from fixtures and equipment that discharge FOG. The trap must be installed in a location that is easily accessible for cleaning and maintenance.
Maintenance Requirements for Grease Traps
Proper maintenance of grease traps is essential to prevent blockages and backups in your plumbing system. The CPC requires that grease traps be cleaned and maintained regularly to ensure they are functioning properly. The frequency of cleaning depends on the size of the trap and the amount of FOG your establishment produces. You must keep records of cleaning and maintenance for at least three years.
Consequences of Non-Compliance
Non-compliance with the regulations for grease traps in CA food service establishments can result in fines and penalties. The local plumbing authority can issue a notice of violation and require you to bring your establishment into compliance. Failure to comply can result in fines and even closure of your establishment.
How John Padilla Plumbing Inc. Can Help
At John Padilla Plumbing Inc., we understand the importance of compliance with the regulations for grease traps in CA food service establishments. We offer installation, maintenance, and repair services for grease traps to help you comply with the regulations and avoid costly fines and penalties.
Our team of experienced plumbers can help you determine the size and type of grease trap you need, install it in the proper location, and provide regular maintenance to ensure it is functioning properly.
Proper installation and maintenance of grease traps can also prevent blockages and backups in your plumbing system. At John Padilla Plumbing Inc., we are here to help you comply with the regulations and keep your establishment running smoothly.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation.