Trap Grease Solutions: Can You Tell If A Trap Was Cleaned By Looking In It?
As a company that provides trap grease pit cleaning – we receive a wide range of questions relating to services, issues and problems.
However, this simple system leads to many misunderstandings.
Waster services for grease trap cleaning
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Traditionally, small businesses were faced by higher costs and more negative terms and conditions such as automatic rollover clauses (evergreen clauses) and annual, twice annual or even three times per annum prices rises.
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Common issues with trap grease interceptors
One of the most common questions we have in grease trap cleaning – is if you can tell if it has been cleaned by looking in it.
Many customers have called us after a service and said – “my trap is still full – it looks like it has not been cleaned.”
Another query is if there should be grease in the trap after a cleaning.
Should a grease trap be full after a service?
The answer is yes. When a grease trap is cleaned the water and grease is pumped out and the sides are scraped down. The trap will then refill with water.
Once the trap has been cleaned – it will still appear to be full i.e. full of water. If the trap is not cleaned for a long period – it will gradually fill up with more and more grease.
This means that no matter when you look in a trap – it should always appear “full”.
There is still grease in the trap – it has not been cleaned!
If your trap was cleaned last week – should you expect to see grease in it when you open the trap?
The answer is – yes, probably. If your restaurant is busy – a lot of waste water will go down the sink in a week or even a day.
As the interceptor works to trap grease and the grease will float – grease will appear at the top of the trap.
It will thus appear to be “full of grease” – even if in reality – 99% of the trap is water.
It is for this reason that a scheduled service is important. A schedule ensures that the trap is cleaned regularly and is not based on human error or judgement.
The main reason not to look in a grease trap is it smells and it is unpleasant.
It also has very limited value – as you can not tell if it needs cleaning or not.
Check out this video below as to what a “fat berg” looks like in a city sewer system – i.e. when the trap grease procedures are not working correctly.