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4 Ways To Take Great Care Of Your Grease Trap

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If your kitchen has a grease trap, you need to make sure you take good care of it. A grease trap can be a great way to prevent damage to the local sewer system, and to your drainage pipes.

Way #1: Make Sure Your Grease Trap Is Properly Installed

First, you need to make sure your grease trap is properly installed. After it is cleaned, wait three days and then check on the trap. Within three days, there should be some grease inside of it. If there is no grease inside of the trap within a couple of days, then it may not be properly installed. In that case, you are going to want to bring in a professional to fix its installation and setup. 

Way #2: Use Strainers in Your Sink

Even though you have a grease trap, you are going to want to keep as much waste out of your sink as possible. You don't want to fill it up too quickly.

Strainers are a great way to catch big items and keep them from going down your drain. In addition to food, strainers can grab other items that get into your sinks, such as silverware or rubber gloves, and keep them from accidentally going down your drain.

With strainers, you are going to want to remove the strainer, clean off the waste, and rinse the strainer off a few times throughout the day.

Way #3: Put Food Waste in the Trash

Next, you shouldn't put food waste down your drain. Instead, scrape off all food into the trash or into a compost pile before it is washed.

Get your household into the habit of scraping the food off plates before washing them. This will help keep your grease trap from getting filled up too quickly with food waste. Ideally, you want to keep food waste out of your pipes and out of your disposable.

Way #4: Schedule Regular Pumpings

You shouldn't wait for your grease trap to be full before you schedule a pumping. Instead, you should work with a professional grease trap cleaning and maintenance company, and have them come out, pump, and clean your trap when it is between a quarter and halfway full. If you wait for the trap to be all the way full, it will not even be able to work.

How frequently you need to pump your trap depends on the amount of grease your trap accumulates. Getting it pumped once every month or two is a good idea for most commercial kitchens.

Your grease trap saves your plumbing and sewer lines from getting clogged up with grease. You can help reduce the grease and waste in the trap by using strainers and keep food waste out of your sink. Verify that the trap is properly installed, and get it pumped well before it is anywhere close to being full. This will allow your grease trap to work as it was designed to do.

For more information about grease trap maintenance, contact a local business.