Can You Clean Your Own Grease Trap?

clean grease trapTo keep your grease trap functioning at its peak, you need to empty it every now and then. Can restaurant owners clean their own grease traps, or does this type of cleaning require a professional? We can’t provide a straight “yes” or “no” answer, because you must consider multiple variables.

Cleaning Your Own Grease Trap

First, you need to know what kind of grease trap you own. Larger dining establishments and cafeterias usually have units which process between 500 and 2,500 gallons. You will find these outside and right below a manhole cover on the company’s premises. Do you have the manpower, time, and resources necessary for cleaning out a grease trap of this monstrous size? In this scenario, you almost definitely need to hire a professional service company.

Smaller establishments may have smaller units located inside the shop. DIY cleaning for these traps is far more manageable. However, even if you decide to go the DIY route, your county may require licensure. King County, for example, requires owners to have a Certificate of Competency. Some states require a septage hauler’s license.

This seems like a lot of logistical hoops to jump through just to clean a grease trap. However, improper grease trap maintenance can create serious sanitation issues. Our recommendation is to hire a professional. Most professional cleaners have the certification, expertise and equipment to handle grease traps of all sizes.

Besides, as a restaurant owner, your priority should be providing high-quality food and excellent dining service. Leave the elbow grease to us.

We Service Grease Traps

Besides grease traps, we also pump out septic tanks and perform on-site sewage inspections. Call Lil John Sanitary Service for your next scheduled grease trap maintenance. This ensures the job is done right on the first go. Cleaning your own grease trap is doable, but is it worth the hassle?

Grease Trap Cleaning for Bellingham Eateries

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