New Restaurant Owner With A Leaky Grease Trap? It’s Probably The Crossover Pipe

If your grease trap leaks dirty water all over your kitchen floor, you may wonder if you have a damaged plumbing pipe somewhere in your restaurant. Although clogged plumbing pipes can affect the performance of grease traps, they may not always be the reason traps leak. The clog may actually be inside your trap's crossover pipe. Here's more things to know about a clogged crossover pipe and what you can do to stop it from leaking.

How Can the Crossover Pipe Clog Up?

Grease traps use three piping systems to receive, separate, and dispose of your kitchen's wastewater, including an inlet pipe and crossover pipe. The inlet pipe connected to the first compartment of the trap receives fat, oils and grease, or FOG, from your kitchen's sinks and dishwashers. After wastewater leaves the inlet pipe, it travels through a line of baffles that separate the solid waste from the water. The clean liquid then passes into a small valve leading to a crossover pipe, which sits in the very center of the trap.

If fat, oil or grease accidentally enters the crossover pipe, it can clog up. The clog causes water to back up inside the first compartment until it leaks. Greasy water can drip onto the flooring around the grease trap, which can be dangerous if it causes someone to slip and fall. Taking steps to fix your leaky trap is essential for the safety of your employees and restaurant.

What Can You Do About Your Leaky Grease Trap?

The thing you may do is block off the grease trap and wet flooring with large cones, then clean up as much greasy water as you can with a commercial de-greaser. These are only temporary measures until you have your grease trap checked. You may need to de-grease the flooring several times in order to keep it reasonably safe. Next, contact a contractor to unclog the crossover pipe and clean out the trap. 

A contractor will most likely drain the water from the trap before unclogging the pipe. This step may take some time to do, especially if the trap contains a lot of water and FOG. The next step is to remove all signs of FOG from inside the trap and baffles with a scraping tool. The final step is to unclog the crossover pipe with a de-greaser or cleaning tools. 

You can keep your crossover pipe clear by having your grease trap cleaned and inspected regularly. A contractor can discuss the best schedule for your trap during services. 

For more information about your grease trap, contact a contractor like those found at Forrest Sewer Pump Service today.