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Cleaning A Grease Trap In A Small Restaraunt

by Daryl Simmmons

If you run a small restaurant you have a lot to do on a daily basis. Plus, you have other things that need your attention every so often that can't be ignored. One of these things is your grease trap. You need to make sure you are keeping your grease trap as clean as possible so it continues to work properly. This article will educate you on how to clean your grease trap yourself.  

How to clean the grease trap

Measure the grease

You will need to fill out a report required by the EPA on how much waste was present. To measure it, open the lid of the trap and put a wooden ruler down in the trap. When you pull it out, you'll see how much there was; write it in the report right away so you don't forget. You'll need to mail this report in to the address provided on the paper.

Remove the water

Take a can or bucket to remove the water from the trap. Set the water to the side until you are finished cleaning the grease trap.

Remove the waste

Use a small bucket (an empty coffee can also works well) and remove the grease. Throw it in a container you can seal, such as a 5 gallon bucket with a lid. You can use a spatula or a plastic spoon to scoop the rest of the grease off of the sides of the trap. Wash the lid and trap with a rough sponge, regular liquid dish soap and tepid water. Once you are done you can put the water back in, if you choose, and put everything back in place.

Other considerations

Local regulations

Some areas may require you to use the services of a restaurant grease trap cleaning service, who will pump out your grease and recycle it. This is especially true if you happen to have a larger restaurant with a bigger trap. Many restaurants choose to use a company simply because it is easier and takes the burden off of them.

Disposing of the waste

Waste vegetable oil can be recycled, and you should locate a company who will take it and put it to good use. Most times, they will even pay you for it. If you have a company come clean your trap for you, they will automatically take it off your hands. The oil can be converted into a fuel that runs motors in an environmentally friendly manner.