One of the biggest annoyances that restaurants often face is the grease trap, especially when workers forget to clean them on a regular basis. When they are working properly, grease traps can be amazing tools to keep your establishment smelling great which is why it is critical to keep up with its maintenance.
Most commercial grease traps are located outside of the main building. You might even find some near the walls by the dishwashing station in the kitchen. They tend to look similar to a manhole or a septic tank cover. If you have a commercial kitchen with a basement, you may also find the grease trap down there to keep it away from the frost.
Best Ways To Clean The Grease Trap
There are a variety of ways to clean a grease trap on your own and this will depend on the size, location, and type of grease trap. You will want to set up a weekly grease trap maintenance schedule in order to ensure that your establishment runs safely and efficiently at all times. Before you begin cleaning the grease trap, you should make sure that the restaurant is closed for the day and all items are cleaned. You may even consider doing this early in the morning before beginning the opening procedures. Once you are ready to start cleaning, follow these steps:
- First, remove the lid from the grease trap slowly and gently, so that you do not damage any gaskets on the lid
- Then, stick a ruler into the grease trap and take note of how many inches of grease are in the trap. You will want to record this in a FOG report provided by the EPA.
- Next, using another bucket, shovel, or some kind of heavy duty scopper, start scooping out the grease from the trap
- Be sure to scrape the bottom, sides and lid in order to remove any excess grease. This will make sure you stop quick build ups from forming from the debris you knocked loose but haven’t removed.
- Then, you should scrub the same parts of the grease trap and flush the screens out.
- Finally, make sure to properly reinstall any removed parts and replace the lid
One of the questions you might be asking is, when is it time to replace the grease trap? One of the best ways of knowing it’s time to replace the grease trap is when a local municipality requests an inspection due to grease leaking into the local water system. Ideally, you will want to maintain the grease trap before it gets this bad. Another sign to replace the system is if it is backing up frequently and stops filtering grease out of the water. Regardless of what the case may be, All County Sewer & Drain has the tool necessary to provide high-quality professional assistance in this venture. Give them a call today at 1 (800) 834-3102!