How to Clean a Grease Trap

Grease Trap Cleaning
Full Grease Trap

Cleaning a grease trap can be an easy task if you have all the necessary tools and have a place to dispose the of the grease, water and food solids.  Before cleaning a grease trap, prepare all equipment necessary to prevent accidents. The tools you will need are:

  • Gloves
  • Eye Protection
  • Odor Mask
  • Plastic Floor Liner
  • Large Trash Bag
  • Large Trash Can(s)
  • Wet Vac
  • Scraper
  • Tools (Screw Driver, Wrench, Allen Wrench) be sure to check your trap before performing the cleaning

First be sure to wear the necessary gear.

Place plastic liner on the floor in case of a spill.  Line the trash can(s) with trash bag and place it next to the grease trap.

Open the lid of the grease trap with the necessary tools.  All traps have different ways of opening the lid therefore, be sure that you have the right one to open yours. Carefully remove the lid and place it aside.

Vacuum our all content inside the trap until you see the bottom.  Scrape all residue on the walls as much as you can.  If necessary turn on the hot water and repeat the steps until it’s clean.  Once the wet vac is full, place  all content into the trash can.

When the trap is cleaned, turn on the hot water and let it run for 5-10 minutes to ensure that the water is flowing correctly and not overflowing. Once it’s verified that the water is going out and the water level of the grease trap is at the fill line, close the lid securely.

Carefully bring out the trash can and call licensed grease hauling company to remove the waste from the grease trap.

Be aware that grease trap waste are not allowed to be disposed in the trash can.  To properly dispose the waste, call a licensed grease hauling company to remove and discard.  Be aware that disposing grease trap waste is not free because it’s contaminated with acid waste.

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