Cleaning Grease Traps: 5 Best Practices To Do It Right

Jun 04, 2022

Cleaning Grease Traps: 5 Best Practices To Do It Right

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What Is a Grease Trap?

A grease trap is a device that traps grease, oil, and other liquids. The device is installed in the plumbing system of commercial kitchens and restaurants, among other locations. Grease traps are interceptors, grease interceptors, and grease separators.

Grease traps are usually made from stainless steel or concrete. They are designed to handle large amounts of liquid without becoming clogged or overflowing.

Grease traps are designed to prevent oil and grease from entering the drain lines in restaurants, offices, and other facilities where large amounts of oils and fats are used for cooking foods. If these materials weren't collected, they could eventually reach sewage lines and be released into the environment when treated water was released from treatment plants.

Keep A Bucket Ready

The first thing you need to do when cleaning the grease trap is to have a bucket ready, and this will allow you to catch any water or grease that might leak out during the process. You should also wear rubber boots so that none of this water or grease gets on your feet and makes them wet and slippery.

Measure The Fat, Oil, and Grease Content (FOG)

Before cleaning your grease trap, you must know how much fat, oil, and grease there is. This will help you determine how long it might take for each step of the process and how much soap or baking soda might be needed for each step as well.

Clean Only When The Facility Is Unoccupied

Never clean your grease trap while customers or staff members occupy the facility to avoid injury or contamination. If this isn't possible, make sure all potentially hazardous equipment is turned off and safely stored away from the area where you're working on everything else.

Use Baking Soda and Vinegar

Never use harsh chemicals or detergents when cleaning your grease traps because they might damage the pipes that lead into and out of them. Instead, try mixing baking soda with equal parts vinegar and pouring the mixture into your trap through its clean-out plug (if there is one). Let the solution sit overnight before flushing it out with water in the morning.

For a Thorough Cleaning, Hire The Professionals At Septic Blue of Charlotte

You've come to the right place if you need cleaning grease traps. Our grease trap cleaning service is second to none.

Grease traps are designed to collect and store excess grease from your commercial kitchen before it can be released into the sewer system. A grease trap is typically installed on a restaurant's outgoing pipeline, which carries wastewater away from the building for treatment at a municipal sewage treatment facility. The grease trap allows oil, fat, and other contaminants to settle in the bottom of the trap before it enters the sewer line.

At Septic Blue of Charlotte, we make it easy for our clients to schedule appointments based on their availability. All you have to do is give us a call, and we'll take care of the rest! We'll send an experienced technician out to perform an inspection of your grease trap and assess its condition so that we can provide you with a detailed estimate for services rendered. Our septic company team will then clean, inspect and refill your grease trap to be ready for use again!

Contact us for your grease trap cleaning needs.