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Learn All about Grease Trap Cleaning

All about Grease Trap Cleaning : Maryland and DC

Grease trap cleaning is needed in restaurants: Pictured is Frying baconGrease traps are made to serve the purpose that is hidden in the name only. Grease traps are usually used to trap greases, fats and oils, sludge, and oils from water. When the water from sinks is drained, it passes through this catching system that gives the grease, fat, oil and sludge time to cool down and become solid substances. Water passes through the drain without any haste. To ensure your grease trap system is working effectively, you should have it cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. If you have a professional maintenance schedule for cleaning a grease trap, you can save a lot of your time and money.

The expense of grease trap cleaning is just the cost of running a business that you cannot ignore. At times you may also want to clean the grease trap all by yourselves and save money, but trust us that it is not a layman’s job. For this purpose, you surely need expert help. While the grease trap manufacturers say that the product needs to be cleaned at least once in a month. To clean a grease trap properly, they recommend draining it completely and removing all solids and greases by scraping. It’s not something you want to try on your own.

It is advised to clean the grease trap when it is filled up to 25 percent with the grease. If your grease trap grease volume goes over 25 percent, chances are that it is draining out with water and other solids. This results in untimely clogging and blocking of the drains. So to save your money and time, you should rather have your grease traps cleaned often.

The grease trap becomes a really big problem when you get a clogged drain on a very busy restaurant day. No customer will like having meals at the time you are getting the drains cleaned? So, to avoid situations like this, you should keep the cleanliness of your grease trap in check. Or you may find your business with many unhappy customers, bad online reviews and a reputation that will be hard to hide from.

There are several steps that you can take to minimize the deposition of grease and waste in your grease trap.


  • Dry wipe the used utensils to remove extra oil and fats deposited on them
  • Empty all the utensils cleaning leftovers and other food material in bin before putting them in sink
  • Recycle the waste cooking oil rather than draining that in sink each time
  • Routinely clean the kitchen exhaust filters to keep in check the vaporization of oil and fats


The grease trap tank acts as a reservoir holding the wastewater and food solids that enter the trap. As the wastewater cools, the fat, oil, and grease (FOG) harden and the food solids settle. The FOG, being lighter than water, floats to the top of the grease trap.

These were a few tips and tricks that will help you to minimize the grease content in your grease traps. For details about grease trap cleaning services, Please call Carl B. Seeds Inc. today.

Some of the areas served by Carl B. Seeds:
Prince George’s County

Calvert County

Charles County

Montgomery County

Anne Arundel County

Northern Virginia

Washington D.C.

Call today (800) 551-3318  to inquire about service in your area.