DO’s and DON’Ts of Emptying Your Grease Trap

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When it comes to your grease trap there are some distinctive do’s and don’ts that you should always adhere to. If not looked after and cared for properly, your grease trap could develop all sorts of problems. These do’s and don’ts should give you some direction when it comes to your grease trap:

• DO clean your grease trap on a regular basis – your grease trap will need to be emptied very regularly to ensure it does not overflow or break any health and safety regulations. It should be cleaned and emptied out at least once a week, maybe more depending on the size and the type of products you cook in your business.

• DON’T pour hot water down the grease trap – By pouring hot water in the grease trap you could liquefy the grease and help it to flush out of the system. Once this then cools and hardens again it could cause a blockage within your pipes. Not only is this worse on the environment it could be costly to unblock the pipes.

• DO use the correct sized grease trap – if you use a grease trap that is too small you could end up paying more to get it emptied more regularly than necessary, however you do not want one that is too big as it will take longer to fill and it can be tempting to avoid emptying your grease trap as often as you should. This can mean that extremely offensive odours start to emit from the system and can put off customers and employees.

• DON’T use cleaning products in your grease trap – This can break down the grease, again causing it to filter into your pipes and drains, causing a potential blockage.

• DO educate your employees on the procedures of your grease trap – it is your responsibility as an employer to ensure that all of your employees are familiar with the workings of your grease trap and that they understand the do’s and don’ts of the system as any liability will fall on you.

• DON’T get rid of your cleaning records – This is vital as every time the grease trap is emptied and cleaned it should be documented. This includes the date, time, amount of grease removed, disposal method and the location. This may be needed by the relevant authorities to ensure that all of the methods of grease trap emptying are kept in line with all regulations.

It is always best to get a professional waste disposal company to empty and clean your grease trap. Here at A Better Service we provide our reliable services to ensure that your grease trap is not only efficiently cleaned and emptied, but that the waste is disposed of in the correct manner. Contact us via our online form for more information on any of our services.