The Most Common Grease Trap Problems

August 15, 2022

If you own or operate a commercial kitchen, you know grease traps are essential to your plumbing system. Grease traps help keep food waste and grease out of your drains, sewer lines, and septic tanks. But like any other piece of equipment, grease traps can break down and need to be repaired or replaced. This blog post will discuss the most common grease trap problems and how to fix them.

1. Grease Trap Clogs

One of the most common problems with grease traps is clogs. Grease traps can become clogged with food waste, grease, and other debris. When this happens, the trap can no longer do its job, and the grease and waste will start to back up into your drains. This can cause a foul odor and can attract pests. Grease trap cleaning is the best way to prevent clogs.

2. Broken Grease Trap Lid

Another common problem with grease traps is a broken lid. The lid on a grease trap helps to keep debris out of the trap. If the lid is broken, it can allow debris to enter the trap and clog it. A broken lid can also allow odors to escape from the trap, which can be a nuisance for you and your customers. Having grease trap repair done as soon as you notice a problem with the lid is the best way to prevent further damage.

3. Worn-Out Grease Trap

Over time, grease traps can become worn out and need to be replaced after years of build-up and use. When a grease trap becomes worn out, it will no longer work as efficiently as it did when it was new, causing problems with your drains and sewer lines. Also, a worn-out grease trap can be a safety hazard, as it can easily break and release all the greases and waste inside. If you think your grease trap might be worn out, it’s important to have it inspected by a professional. They will be able to tell you if it needs to be replaced.

4. Improperly Installed Grease Trap

In some cases, grease traps are not installed properly. This can cause all sorts of problems, including leakage, odors, and ineffective trapping of grease and waste. If you suspect that your grease trap was not installed properly, it’s important to have it checked by a professional. They will be able to tell you if it needs to be reinstalled or if other problems need to be addressed.

5. Poorly Maintained Grease Trap

If a grease trap is not maintained properly, it can start to break down and cause problems. Grease traps need to be cleaned regularly to prevent build-up. They also need to be inspected for damage and repairs. If you don’t maintain your grease trap, it will eventually stop working and need to be replaced.


Grease traps are essential in commercial kitchens, but they can sometimes break down and cause problems. The above are five of the most common problems with grease traps. If you are having any of these problems, it’s essential to have your grease trap inspected by a professional. At Ace Diversified Services, we have years of experience repairing and replacing grease traps. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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