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How to clean a grease trap

How to clean a grease trap

The presence of a grease trap at home is mandatory if the non-collective sanitation includes an old septic tank. Catering companies and restaurants must also have a grease trap installed in order to limit the presence of grease in their septic tank. In all of these cases, proper installation and maintenance of the grease trap are essential. So how to clean a grease trap?

Why requires maintenance of the grease trap?

The maintenance of the grease trap is essential. It avoids many unpleasant consequences in the installation. Thanks to regular and rigorous cleaning, it is easy to prevent:

  • the rise of bad smells
  • the risk of clogging of pipes by grease
  • overflows from the grease trap
  • the presence of grease in the all-water tank
  • the pollution of the environment

Cleaning the grease trap

The cleaning of the grease trap is different between the case of a tank above ground and underground tank. The cleaning of an above-ground tank can be done yourself while an underground tank must be emptied by a professional.

Cleaning an interior grease trap

You can clean your indoor grease trap yourself, if you take care to throw the waste it contains in the trash and not send it back to your home’s wastewater disposal system. This operation can only be carried out on small-volume containers collecting grease from cooking water. It should be done every 3 to 4 months. To do this, follow these few steps:

1. Remove the cover from the grease pan.
2. Remove the crust formed by the fat on the surface of the water.
3. Empty the water from the grease trap.
4. Scrape off deposits from the bottom of the bin.
5. Dispose of all waste in the garbage or take it to a professional.
6. Clean the tank and the drainage pipes of your degreasing tank with clean water.
7. Fill the tank with clean water.

Maintenance of an underground or professional grease trap

The maintenance of a grease tank buried or used in the case of professional catering must be performed by an expert, who can use a high-pressure jet for this. The emptying of the grease trap associated with the cleaning of its pipes should be carried out every 6 months to a maximum of 1 year, depending on the volume of the tank and your use of grease. This service costs depending on the size of the tank. The steps for a professional to clean a grease trap are:

1. Pumping the debris of the grease trap into a sanitation truck
2. Clean the tank with clear water using a high-pressure jet
3. Cleaning the pipes using a hydro-cleaning nozzle
4. Fill the tank with clean water

If you have any problem with grease trap or drainage system at home, do not hesitate to contact MidCity Plumbers. We offer a wide range of drainage services 24/7 to all customers in British Columbia. With years of experience and our fully equipped tools, we can fix any plumbing issues in a short period of time.

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