Grease trap cleaning

Grease trap cleaning – what is it and why it’s Important?

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Grease trap cleaning – what is it? Grease traps are used in restaurants and even in some homes.  These traps tend to be out of mind simply because they are out of sight and only noticed when something goes wrong.  Regardless of the size of your grease trap or its level of use, it must be cleaned.  

Grease Trap Cleaning – What is It?

The cleaning of grease traps eliminates all of the waste and food particles that have accumulated within the unit.  Cleaning grease traps is a messy job best left to the experienced grease trap cleaning specialists.   Have your grease trap cleaned once every month or at another frequency appropriate for your level of use and you will have done your part to prevent grease from clogging and generating nasty odors.  Furthermore, the timely cleaning of grease traps prolongs their longevity, ultimately helping you save money, time and effort across the long haul.

How are Grease Traps Cleaned?

How are Grease Traps Cleaned

Grease trap cleaning in a comprehensive manner is not a DIY (do it yourself) project.  Rather, this is a job for the professionals who have all the proper equipment, tools and expertise necessary to perform a thorough cleaning.  A gas mask, scraper, shop vacuum, bucket, wrench, crowbar, rubber gloves and protective gear is necessary to safely clean a grease trap.  

Grease trap waste cannot be dumped in any old place.  Rather, this gunk must be properly disposed of in a grease bin or waste oil bin for subsequent grease recycling.  It is also possible to transport the grease to a nearby facility for processing.  

A bacterial treatment plan will also prove quite helpful in cleaning a grease trap.  This approach eliminates odor, decreases the buildup of fat and eradicates grease along with carbon dioxide and oil.  Ideally, a bacterial treatment will be performed once each month to minimize the buildup of grease and maintain clean drain lines while ensuring the trap does not fill with waste.  

Resist the temptation to clean your grease trap by hand, lean on the professionals for a regular grease trap pumping once per month and you will rest easy while the experts vacuum all the gunk out of the tank, haul it away and perform grease disposal in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Why Does a Grease Trap Need to be Cleaned Regularly?

Grease traps need to be cleaned with regularity as they gradually accumulate a buildup of grease.  It is possible this buildup of grease will lead to a clog and backup.  A backup is the worst case scenario as it will compromise the trap’s functionality and prove odorous.  Be proactive, lean on our preventative grease trap crew to lend assistance and your grease trap will function as designed.  

As long as you perform a cursory grease trap cleaning on a weekly basis, you will minimize the risk of a backup.  Ideally, the grease trap will be professionally cleaned once each month to ensure full functionality, prevent clogs and minimize the chances of a nasty odor emanating from this space.  Abide by this cleaning schedule and you will have done your part to prevent an annoying, odorous and potentially costly blockage.

How do I Stop my Grease Trap From Smelling?

Grease traps collect waste as it slides down the kitchen sink.  As a result, these traps have the potential to become quite odorous.  Though it might be difficult to determine if it is the grease trap that is causing the odor or if the problem is actually a septic odor, you can be proactive to prevent a foul odor from emanating out of your grease trap in the first place.  If the grease trap tank is full or near full, it should be pumped in a timely manner.  Our team is here to pump your grease trap so you don’t have to.  

If your grease trap has been cleaned in recent weeks or months and there is still a foul odor, the problem might be fats and/or food particles clinging to the pipes.  It is also possible the grease trap lacks the moisture necessary to mitigate the odor.  If this is the problem, fill a pot with water, bring it to a boil and pour the water down the sink.  If necessary, repeat this cleaning process and the odor should dissipate.  

If the odor is still present after you have dumped boiling water down the drain several times, pour a drain cleaner down the sink.  If the odor persists, our team will pump the grease trap on your behalf.  It is also worth noting the odor might stem from a hole within the grease trap’s lid.  There is also a chance the trap lid is not properly sealed.  Have the lid replaced and the odor should go away.

Grease Trap Service – Where to Find?

Grease Trap Service

Green Star Biodiesel is here to clean your grease trap.  We provide affordable, safe, efficient and worry-free grease trap cleaning service.  This is exactly what you need to collect and recycle cooking oil to safeguard sewers and waterways while helping to create truly sustainable products with used cooking oil.  We perform restaurant grease trap cleaning and residential grease trap cleaning.  

Reach out to us today to find out more about our grease trap cleaning service and professional cooking grease disposal.  You can find out more about our grease pick up service and grease trap cleaning techniques by dialing (888) 799-4099.

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  3. Thanks for clarifying that grease trap cleaning is in no way a DIY project. I’ve been considering to start my own restaurant someday but I also realized how much I will be reliant on fried food due to their fast cooking time. As such, I can imagine that my grease trap will need to be cleaned a lot more frequently.

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