Yoru grease trap provides a valuable service for your place of business when it is properly functioning. It filters out grease and oils, so you do not end up having issues with clogged drainage lines and busted drainage pipes. However, having a grease trap also means you will have to occasionally clean the thing out, which can be a chore. While cleaning a plastic grease trap is not the most pleasant job, it does not have to be difficult. Here is a look at some of the easy-peasy tips you can use to help you when cleaning your restaurant's grease trap.
Keep a diagram of your grease trap on hand when cleaning it
A lot of restaurant owners will keep a laminated copy of a diagram of their plastic grease trap. The reason for this is because the grease trap can have several small parts that have to be dismantled during the cleaning process and then put back in the exact same way they came out. Without something to look at for reference, it is quite easy to forget how to put the thing back together when cleaning is done.
Get a bucket and sieve before you get started
When you first open up the grease trap, it will likely still be filled with water and have a layer of oil or grease floating on the top of the water. Of course, to get down to the basin of the trap where you will be doing most of the cleaning, you will have to get this water out of the way. However, this grease-laden water should not be poured down the drain. Instead, you should grab a bucket and a sieve that will fit over the top of the bucket, so you can separate as much of the oil and grease from the water as possible before disposing of it.
Use a wet-dry vacuum to get out small particles you cannot reach
The grease trap can house several narrow crevices where it is nearly impossible to get in with a scraper and pull out grease. It is a good idea to invest in a small wet-dry vacuum to use during grease trap cleaning because you can use the cleaning wand to get into all those small areas where you cannot otherwise get the grease out. Of course, one of the advantages of using a vacuum for this tedious part of cleaning is the collected grease will be captured in a vacuum bag for easy disposal.