How to properly clean a grease trap
A guide on keeping your grease trap clean and the environment safe
When it comes to environmental preservation, there are many ways to contribute towards a cleaner eco system. Grease traps are devices that can do just that; they are designed to intercept most of the greases, oils and harmful solids before they enter wastewater systems. Grease traps keep all these harmful substances out of your plumbing system to prevent blockage and the contamination of the sewer system.
There are several types of grease traps available, all of which need to be cleaned regularly to allow consistent and optimal performance. For restaurant and eatery owners especially, keeping grease traps clean is crucial to prevent blockage, odours and unnecessary costs.
This blog will provide you with all the information you need if you opt to clean your grease trap by yourself.
Step by step guide to cleaning your grease trap
First thing’s first, you need to know where your grease trap is located, as well as the type of device your establishment is using. Once you have that information, it would be beneficial for you to create a cleaning schedule for your grease trap that will remind you to clean the device. It’s best to clean it when your establishment is closed, such as early mornings or late evenings.
Remove the lid of the grease trap slowly and carefully to prevent damaging the gaskets.
Stick a ruler, or any other sort of measuring stick, into the grease trap. Give a few twirls before taking it out. This step is necessary to keep record of your device’s fats, oils and grease (FOG) levels and may come in handy when the health inspector pays you a visit. As a rule of thumb when you grease trap comprises
Remove the strainer basket which will contain solids and grease and place in a rubbish bag. Scoop out the remining grease that may be floating on top of the water. Bag it. Remove the water from the device and place it into a bucket. When you’re done cleaning your grease trap, you’ll need to dispose of the water using the device.
Replace all the parts you just cleaned carefully before putting the lid back on. Keep your FOG report in a safe place for future use.