Tips on cleaning grease trap


Grease traps will act to trap fatty oils, greases, and sludge and will separate oils from water. These substances will pass through a catching system and this means they have time to cool off and solidify and the water will pass through drain as normal. The system should be maintained regularly in order to work effectively in keeping with grease trap clean.

You save a lot of money by learning how to clean a grease trap. For instance, you can do it as part of a DIY but you can obviously call a professional to assist in the process.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Detach lid from the grease trap gently with a pry bar: This is the first step in grease trap cleaning. Located just under the cover are gaskets for the grease trap and damaging these means you need to spend money in order to replace them. Therefore, this will ensure that you take adequate care on your grease trap.
  2. Inspect the grease trap’s parts after you have removed the lid: This will help in terms of ensuring that you understand where the components are located and how you can install them properly. You can begin by drawing a diagram of the trap’s interior in order to refer to it during the re-installation process.
  3. Inspect a wooden dowel or measuring stick into the grease trap: Guide the dowel to the bottom of the trap and swirl it lightly in the trap in order to mark the dowel with grease and oils. This provides you will guide on how much debris is in the trap.

Remove the dowel and determine how many inches of waste are present. Record the results in a FOG (fatty oils and grease) pump out report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  1. Remove any standing water from the tank of grease trap: You can choose to store water in a larger bucket or trash bin then pour it back into the drain after you have collected the waste.
  2. Use a small bucket to remove waste from the grease trap: Scoop the bucket into the trap and bring out the solidified waste. Place the waste in a water-tight container such as a heavy-duty plastic trash bag.
  3. Use your bucket to scrape down the lid and sides of the trap: You can remove large pieces of fat or oils attached to the trap. Use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out any smaller bits of waste.
  4. Use soap and room-temperature to clean lids, trap sides and parts: Use steel pot scrubber to remove excess waste and odor. Remove soap and debris by flushing the screens and parts with water.
  5. Follow diagram to re-install grease traps: The next step in grease trap cleaning is replacing the lid when all the parts are secured and working.
  6. Copy the FOG report: This helps to record. You can mail the original to the address listed.
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