The Dangers of Dirty Grease Traps – Don’t Take the Risk!

The Dangers of Dirty Grease Traps – Don’t Take the Risk!

An excess of grease isn’t just unsightly and unpleasant – it can also be downright dangerous. In the vast majority of instances, grease traps are overlooked and taken for granted while fulfilling their purpose and effectively.  As with many things, it isn’t until some kind of malfunction or blockage occurs that you find yourself genuinely giving thought to the importance of effective and efficient grease traps. Suffice to say, once you find yourself encountering these kinds of problems, there are impossible to ignore. Not only this, but they can be both expensive to rectify and pose a series of unfortunate risks to your business or premises.

These days, professional grease trap cleaning of the highest quality is both comprehensively accessible and affordable. Nevertheless, there are so many who continue to wait until things hit crisis point, before being willing to do anything to avert potential problems.

So while it may be common to overlook and ignore routine grease trap cleaning and maintenance, it’s worth bearing in mind the potential consequences of operating with dirty or damaged grease traps.  A few examples of which include the following:


First of all, any grease trap that isn’t provided with sufficient maintenance on a regular basis is almost guaranteed to produce highly unpleasant odours. Leave a grease trap unattended for long enough and the kind of odour that can both build up inside and find its way into every inch of your property can be nothing short of eye-watering. Needless to say, this isn’t exactly the kind of thing that bodes well in terms of customer service or overall business performance.  Unfortunately, once you have found yourself in a situation where grease trap odours are particularly strong and unpleasant, it can take some time to eliminate them entirely from your business. It therefore simply makes sense to prevent such problems occurring in the first place.


The primary purpose served by commercial grease traps is that of ensuring that liquid grease is not allowed to pass into sewage and drainage systems, ultimately leading to hazardous blockages. But what most fail to realise is that not only can these blockages be both inconvenient and dangerous, but also extraordinarily expensive to alleviate. If it is determined that it is in any way your fault that any such blockage has occurred, it is you who will be expected to both pay for the necessary repairs and perhaps a hefty fine for operating in an a responsible manner. Once again, these are exactly the kinds of problems you do not realise are building until it is too late to avoid them.

Fire Hazards

Something else is worth bearing in mind is the way in which grease is by its very nature an extremely dangerous fire hazard in its own right.  Not only can grease catch fire surprisingly easily, but grease fires are more difficult to put out than other types of fire and have a habit of spreading extremely quickly.  Looking after things like these represents one of the most important cornerstones of overall health and safety, when it comes to running a business of any kind.  To operate with dangerously dirty or damaged grease traps could be to directly contravene health and safety legislation.

Financial Problems

Last but not least, the single most common sense argument when it comes to grease trap cleaning and maintenance is the way in which it can help avoid a world of potential financial problems further down the line.  From damage to your premises to lofty fines to loss of business too expensive repair and replacement bills, just a little routine maintenance now and again really can eliminate the vast majority of such risks.


Steve Volk