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When You Need to Clean Your Grease Trap

Let’s face it: having any sort of problem with your sewer isn’t fun. While sometimes it might be a community-wide problem, there is the possibility that it could be caused by a backup in your grease trap. Tentatively, if you use/have a grease trap, it should be cleaned out about every three months. If you think you need to clean your grease trap out, here are some signs that you should:

Wastewater Backup

One of the most obvious signs of having to clean your grease trap is wastewater backup. When a grease trap is filled to the brim, the grease begins to pollute your pipes and will eventually cause backup within the pipe — leading to wastewater. Additionally, sometimes this happens as a result of the grease trap not filtrating the proper balance of water versus grease.

Foul Odor

In addition to having wastewater backup, a dirty grease trap will also emit a foul odor. Although you may think that your garbage can must be emptied — it’s actually the buildup in your grease trap. If your grease trap is left unattended and isn’t thoroughly cleaned, then the odor will continue to grow stronger and will continue to destroy your plumbing due to the blockage it’s creating — which can ultimately raise your energy bills.

Plumbing Isn’t Working

Finally, the most obvious sign that your grease trap needs to be cleaned is if your plumbing stops working. As mentioned earlier, when your grease trap isn’t up to par (in terms of sanitary measures), it will create a blockage in your plumbing — and will ultimately affect fixtures around your home such as your toilet (low water) and your sink.

If you run into any problems with your grease trap and need it cleaned, do not hesitate to reach out to our professionals here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Your local Knoxville plumbing technicians are experts in their field and they’re here to help YOU with all of your plumbing needs.