How to Extend the Lifespan of your Grease Trap

Grease traps are crucial in keeping your kitchen clean, efficient and compliant by preventing fats, oils and grease from clogging the wastewater system. To help you get the most out of your grease trap and ensure it stands the test of time, we’ve gathered invaluable tips and best practices from the grease management experts at Grease Guardian, boasting over 40 years of industry experience.

At Grease Guardian, we understand that durability is key. Our manual and Automatic Grease Removal Devices are meticulously crafted from high-quality 304/16 gauge stainless steel. This ensures not only longevity but also optimal performance in separating and removing grease, reducing manual maintenance, and significantly extending the lifespan of your grease trap.

  • Scheduled Cleaning: Clean your grease trap regularly, typically every one to three months, depending on usage. This prevents grease buildup, which can lead to clogs and reduced efficiency.
  • Regular Flushing: Periodically flush your grease trap with hot soapy water to help break down grease and prevent buildup.
  • Professional Servicing: Schedule professional servicing annually, bi-annually, or quarterly to ensure a thorough cleaning and inspection for any potential issues. A professional service can identify and address problems that routine cleaning might miss, such as wear and tear or component failures.
  • It’s crucial to ensure your grease trap is properly sized for your kitchen’s grease volume. An undersized trap will necessitate more frequent cleaning and might not effectively manage grease. Professional installation is equally vital; having your grease trap installed by a certified engineer/plumber ensures it’s set up correctly and compliant with local regulations. This professional setup is essential for optimizsng the trap’s performance and maximising its lifespan.

  • Regular Inspections: Check the grease level frequently. If the trap is more than 25% full, it’s time for a clean or service.
  • Logbook Maintenance: Keep a logbook of cleaning and maintenance activities to track grease levels and schedule future cleanings.

  • Training your kitchen staff is important for maintaining a well-functioning grease trap. Educate them on what should and shouldn’t be disposed of down the drain, emphasising thorough cleaning of plates and utensils into the rubbish bin before washing. Additionally, enhance awareness with clear signage near sinks, reinforcing proper grease disposal practices.

Automatic Grease Removal Devices:

Consider installing a Grease Guardian’s Automatic Grease Removal Device. These systems efficiently separate and remove grease, reducing manual maintenance and extending the lifespan of your grease trap with units lasting 10 years or more.

Sink Screen:

Grease Guardian’s sink screen, an in-sink straining basket, can extend the time between pump-outs and lessen the strain on your grease trap by collecting food debris before it enters the trap.

  • Regularly checking your grease trap is essential. Look out for signs like rust, corrosion, or leaks, and promptly address any issues to prevent further damage. Additionally, ensure all seals and gaskets are in good condition; replace them if they show signs of wear to maintain the trap’s effectiveness. This proactive maintenance helps prevent costly repairs.

  • Assessing performance is crucial; if your grease trap frequently clogs or underperforms, consider upgrading to a more efficient model. Investing in modern technology, like Automatic Grease Removal Devices, can enhance performance and extend the lifespan of your grease trap. Advanced features include an alarm for maintenance reminders and an auto-wash function. View more Advanced Features here.

By following these tips and best practices, you can extend the lifespan of your grease trap and ensure it continues to protect your plumbing system and the environment. Regular maintenance, proper usage, and using high quality products such as those from Grease Guardian will keep your kitchen running smoothly and efficiently.

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