Not all septic systems use a grease trap to prevent solids from entering the tank. But when you do, you must maintain the grease traps in your septic system to avoid clogging or other issues. Luckily for homeowners, maintaining this component is fairly simple.
Never Pour Grease Down the Drain
You’ve likely heard this piece of advice before, but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate that pouring grease down your sink drain is never suitable. You may have a grease trap, but pouring excessive amounts of the substance down the drain will end up clogging it, leading to more extensive issues. Whenever you’re disposing of cooking grease, pour it into a glass or tin container that you can easily recycle.
Consider Installing Drain Filters
A little bit of grease will inevitably fall down your kitchen sink drain or mix with your dishwasher’s wastewater. Your best line of defense when this happens is a filter. These filters can catch solid waste so that it doesn’t enter the grease trap and cause an issue with clogging.
Rinse Dishes Before Placing Them in the Dishwasher
Any solid substances that accumulate in your grease trap are never suitable. A culprit contributing to this is the food from your dishes after placing them in the dishwasher. It’s best to rinse your dirty dishes in the sink before placing them in the dishwasher to help minimize the amount of solid waste threatening your grease traps.
Hire a Professional for Grease Trap Maintenance
You must pump out your grease trap once every one to three months. Hiring a professional service is best since they’ll do the job correctly without ruining your septic system. During this service, the technician may also look for signs that you need to replace your grease trap to keep everything running efficiently.
Maintaining the grease traps in your septic system is just as important as maintaining the overall system. When one component has issues, it generally leads to a slew of problems with the entire system. Do your best to clean and maintain your grease traps, and remember to hire a professional service for pumping and inspection to ensure everything is running smoothly.