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7 Easy Steps To Cleaning Out Your Grease Trap

by Christopher Taylor

Grease traps have been around for hundreds of years. The purpose of a grease trap is to catch fats, oils, and grease from making it into the sewer. It separates these components so that they can be removed once the trap reaches capacity. The law requires not only that food service companies use grease traps, but that they are emptied when the grease takes up no more than 25% of the trap's capacity. But cleaning out a grease trap isn't as easy as dumping it in the trash. Here is a step by step guide to cleaning your grease trap.

  1. Close your Restaurant: Cleaning your grease trap is best done once your restaurant is closed and all the dishes are cleaned and put away. This will give you a clean working space and you don't have to worry about leaving dirty dishes around while your sink is inoperable.
  2. Measure: Once you've carefully taken the lid off the trap, you can measure the amount of grease in your trap by sticking a ruler in it. This number needs to be saved because it has to be reported when you have an inspection.
  3. Save the water: It doesn't matter if you choose to use a bucket or a pump to remove the water from the trap. Just be sure it has had time to cool and that you save it because later you'll be putting it back in.
  4. Remove the Sludge: Now's the fun part. Using a bucket or a Shop-Vac, remove the sludge that's leftover in the trap. Once you get the loose particles, get a scraper and remove the build-up on the sides, bottom, and lid. Get as much as possible in order to prevent further build-up and clogging.
  5. Clean the Extra Parts: Once you've removed the sludge and build-up, it's time to turn your attention to the extra parts. The screen needs to be flushed thoroughly and the intake and outtake pipes need to be checked for sludge as well.
  6. Put the Water Back: Once you've sufficiently cleaned every part of your tank, you can now put the water back in the tank that you saved from earlier.
  7. Check that it Works: To make sure everything was cleaned properly, run water through your trap one last time. This will ensure that the pipes were thoroughly and sufficiently cleaned out. If the water isn't getting through, you need to check for blockage in your pipes.

According to gbseptic.com, you should clean out your grease trap at least every three months. Once you've cleaned out your grease trap on your own, you may decide it's not worth the hassle. If that's the case, there are many companies that can come out and clean your grease trap quickly and efficiently, saving you time, hassle, and worry. Click here for more info about grease trap cleaning.


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