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Tips to keep your grease trap in good working order

A well maintained grease trap will trap fats, oil and grease as well as food particles, greatly reducing the discharge of these items into the sewer system and preventing blockages from occurring. This is why we specify that your grease trap must be cleaned out at regular intervals.

The following tips will assist you to reduce the risk of sewer blockages at your property and maximise the performance of your grease trap:

  • Regularly inspect and clean the grease trap. This should be done at least once a month, but may need to be done more frequently depending on the volume of grease being produced.
  • Train your staff to properly dispose of grease and other food wastes. Educate them on the importance of not pouring oil or grease down the drain, and provide them with a designated container for collecting these wastes.
  • Avoid using hot water to clean dishes or other equipment near the grease trap. Hot water can melt grease and cause it to solidify in your trap, leading to blockages and backups.
  • Scrape left over food from plates, pots, pans and cooking utensils and place in to the relevant collection bin.
  • After you have scraped the leftovers off dry wipe those items to remove excess grease before washing. You can always use a pre-rinse tap to speed up the washing process.
  • Use only the amount of cooking oils and fats that you need.
  • For kitchens with floor gully systems that flow in to a grease trap - sweep the floors first to avoid waste being washed in to the grease trap and try and mop with kitchen degreasers instead of hosing down whenever practical. You can also use enzyme bricks to place in a floor gully.
  • Install a strainer or screen over your sink or floor drain to catch solids and prevent them from entering your grease trap. Regularly clean the sink strainers and standpipes to prevent food particles collecting in your grease trap.
  • Consider using a dosing fluid to not only keep your grease trap cleaner but to lessen the amount of manual cleaning. Using these enzyme-based drain cleaners to help break down grease and prevent buildup in your grease trap.
    • Ensure that your grease trap is properly sized for your kitchen and the volume of grease being produced.

    For more advice or help then just give us a call on 0151 329 2610 or send us an email to

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