Grease Trap Cleaning
To keep your septic system in tip top shape, the grease trap should be cleaned periodically. Your grease trap does just as the name implies, it traps grease, oils, animal fats and sludge. If you operate a home catering business in which a lot of oily waste is discarded, you will need to have the grease trap cleaned more often than the average homeowner. Preparing fried foods requires a lot of oil. If you cook a lot of fried foods on a daily basis, the grease trap is being used more frequently and should therefore be maintenanced as such.
Symptoms of a Poorly Functioning Grease Trap
The symptoms of a poorly functioning grease trap are identical to failing tanks and leach fields. The first thing you will notice is a strong odor. Most people love the smell of fried chicken, but an accumulation of old, spoiled grease is not pleasant. The molecules of cooked grease are particularly difficult to remove from textiles and the air. If this problem is allowed to persist you may need to have your home professionally disinfected to get rid of the odor. When your plumbing is draining slowly, it’s time to clean the grease trap.
It’s a dirty job and we are happy to do it! Once we locate the grease trap, we gently pry off the lid. The lid is cleaned with soap and warm water. We want to know how much grease is trapped, so we employ the use of a wooden dowel to measure the depth. Any standing water is dispensed into a bucket. The grease and sludge is then scooped out of the trap and deposited into a plastic bag and disposed of later. Once the sludge and grease is removed we began the process of scraping the walls to remove clumps of fatty oils. We follow up by cleaning the walls, foundation, screens and parts with an EPA approved soap coupled with water.
One way to lengthen the lifespan of your grease trap is to decrease your preparation of fried foods. If you’re like most Americans, we know that may be a compromise you’re unwilling to make. If you’re unable to reduce your fatty food preparation, simply have the trap cleaned periodically, every three months. For restaurants, limiting the preparation of fried foods requires changing the menu. Don’t change the menu on behalf of Septek. Simply schedule to have us maintenance your grease trap monthly. Some restaurants and eateries delegate this task to the kitchen staff. Ask yourself, would you rather have a tired and disgruntled team member clean your grease trap, or a qualified and experienced septic technician? The cost is low and well worth it. Contact us today for a complimentary estimate.
The Environmental Protection Agency issues free FOG forms to homeowners, property managers, contractors and restaurant managers. FOG is an acronym for fatty oils and grease. The Warren County Health Department has them available for distribution as well. After cleaning your grease trap, we record the vitals in the form. This form is then given to you for proper storage to be displayed to an inspector whenever the need arises. The inspector wants to see if a regular maintenance plan is in place. Since 2015 each household with a septic system must show proof of a consistent maintenance plan. The FOG report will serve as your proof.