Grease traps prevent waste from flowing into the water supply, and therefore play an integral part in making sure that wastewater can be reused safely. However, it must be cleaned regularly if it is to function properly. To avoid backups and clogs, it is advisable to clean the trap whenever it becomes 25% solid waste. Below is a step-by-step guide that will walk you through cleaning your grease trap.
Step-by-Step to Grease Trap Cleaning
1. Using a pry bar, gently remove the entire lid from the trap. Removing it too quickly might break the gaskets below the lid. They are expensive and time-consuming to repair, so go slowly.
2. Insert a wooden-dowel to the very bottom of the trap. After that, use a tape measurer to discern the level of debris you’re required to put in the FOG report.
3. Remove standing water in the trap with a small bucket and place it in a watertight container, such as a plastic trash bag.
4. Use the bucket to scoop out any big pieces of fat or oil that might be trapped on the side before using a wet/dry vacuum to suck out the smaller pieces.
5. Use a steel pot scrubber to remove odor and excess grease.
6. Flush the trap with clean water and put it back together. Now you’re all done!
Cleaning a grease trap is not complicated, but it can be quite messy and smelly. As such, this probably isn’t a job you will want to do yourself. You should definitely consider calling a plumber, particularly if you’re dealing with a larger grease trap in a commercial kitchen.