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Fixing that Smelly Grease Trap

Grease in Drain Pipes 

Have you taken Clorox to your kitchen’s nooks and crannies, but still can’t get rid of the smell? This perpetuating bad odor could be the result of blocked drain lines in your kitchen! The drain lines are designed to flow at a certain rate, but during our daily usage, grease and other organic matter collects on the sides of the pipe, and this reduces the flow of the water in the pipe. The unfortunate thing is that this problem can occur even in brand new drain pipes which can result in severe flow reduction in just a matter of months.

Consider an example. For instance, let’s say the flow of a drain pipe, which is four inches or bigger in size, is reduced by almost about 50% due to a buildup measuring about one half inch. As the waste deposit increases, the flow is reduced until the entire pipe is blocked! As more waste is deposited on the walls of the line, the flow rate is reduced further until the pipe is completely choked.

If your drain pipe is blocked, use to the following tips:

  • Run hot water in the drain
  • Drop in some baking Soda
  • Do some heavy-duty deodorizing (if necessary)
  • Buy and use a stronger solution

One common cause of these waste buildups is grease. It causes problems in the sewer system, as drain lines are not designed to deal with it. This is why, all restaurants and eateries use grease traps (and some homes have it too.) Grease traps catch all waste material which would otherwise flow directly to the waste water treatment facility.

If your grease trap smells, it may need cleaning!

Following are the steps for cleaning your grease trap:

Step 1: Use a pry bar to remove the lid from the grease trap carefully. Remember that there are gaskets for the grease trap located just under the cover. If these gaskets are damaged, you will have to replace them.

Step 2: Inspect all parts of the grease trap individually, for signs of cleaning. You will have to remove all parts individually, clean them, and then place them back in the tight place. Be sure to remember the right location of each part.

Step 3: Use a wooden rod or measuring stick to measure the oil and grease present in the trap. All you have to do is place the rod in the trap, swirl it a little, and measure it to determine the level of debris present.

Step 4: Remove any water present in the grease trap. This you can do by collecting the water in a small bucket.

Step 5: Use another or the same bucket to remove the waste from the trap and place it in plastic trash bags.

Step 6: Make sure that pieces of oil and fat remain within the trap. For this you should use, wet or dry vacuum so that it may suck out the smaller pieces of oil or grease.

Step 7: Next, clean the lid, trap sides, and other parts with soap and water. In order to clear any excess waste or odors, use steel wool. Reattach all the pieces and the lid!

Not all of your grease trap problems can be solved with a simple cleaning! There might be structural damage or dangerous waste and chemicals that we recommend calling in the professionals. Our Deer Valley Plumbing team is at your service to free you from the odors and nastiness of your grease traps!