How to Properly Clean your Grease Trap
All restaurant owners and managers know that the kitchen is inevitably going to be full of grease. Grease traps are ideal for reducing the waste that will build up in your system. Although pouring Draino down the pipes of your New Brunswick restaurant may help alleviate some clogs – it will not prevent back-ups entirely. Backups are not only smelly (which will likely turn away customers!) but also expensive! To prevent this from happening you must maintain your grease trap through New Brunswick grease trap cleaning services.
How to Best Handle New Brunswick Grease Trap Cleaning
Grease traps can be quite difficult to thoroughly clean so you should work with a local professional to have your grease trap properly maintained.
When the grease trap isn’t properly taken care of through regular cleaning, grease can enter your sewer & septic system. Grease blockages in your septic can ruin a restaurant in a matter of minutes. Once this happens, the entire restaurant will need to be shut down and properly sanitized. This often takes at least two days.
Where Can You Find Your Grease Trap?
A commercial kitchen’s grease trap is often located on the outside of the building. The easiest way to pinpoint it is by locating the wall affiliated with your kitchen’s dishwashing station. The trap will quite similar to a manhole. If your kitchen has a basement, it may also be located down there.
Looking to Clean Your Own Grease Trap?
We always advise clients to seek the help of a professional to properly clean the grease trap in your New Brunswick restaurant. Doing it yourself can be quite time-consuming. Most traps must-have weekly maintenance performed on it to prevent backups & build-ups. This is depending upon the size and usage of the property.
When cleaning your trap, your restaurant must be shut down and free of any customers. Your equipment must also be shut off and cleaned to avoid any hazards. You can do this at the start of the day or at the end of the business day.
- Begin by removing the lid to grease trap
- Use a ruler to measure how many inches of grease are located in the trap. You should have a note of this in your DOG report. If you need to obtain a DOG report, reach out to the EPA.
- Then remove all the water you find inside of the grease trap with a bucket. You can set this water to the side for now.
- Scoop out all the grease from the trap and place it into a different bucket. You’ll also need to scrape the bottom and sides of the trap to remove any excess.
- Scrub all pieces of the trap and flush out the screening.
- Pour the water back into the trap and replace and removed parts.
When Should You Replace Your Trap?
Often you will not know on your own when it is time to replace your grease trap until it is too late. This is why it’s best to work with a local New Brunswick plumper to maintain your grease trap.