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  1. Robert86

    Robert86 Well-Known Member

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    Got a call a little bit ago from a restaurant owner asking if I clean grease traps. Sounds like the above ground box that separates the grease.

    I've watched someone clean one a couple times, and smelled them being cleaned many times. But never done it personally. Guy I watched used a slotted spoon to carefully scoop the solidified grease from the surface of the water.

    Whats the best way to clean these things out and what should I charge? Not sure I really want to deal with it if I've got to ladle the crap out.
     
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    You don't want to mess with that. Tell them to call a plumber or septic tank company. I've done it before at a restaurant I managed and its not fun, and worse than that, if it clogs, backs up etc guess who's gonna get the call
     
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    Not really sure how that's gonna help. I'm not daling with the pipes, just the big box.

    Its similar to this
    http://www.eliterestaurantequipment...uiqooctmhu27&gclid=CLj70_OM-9MCFQyNaQodMpcIJA

    Yeah, I've thought about that too. I'm not sure I want to mess with just the regular cleaning out but if the thing clogs I want nothing to do with it.

    I've been looking around and it seems the best way to clean them out is to carefully scoop the grease off the surface. I don't know.

    Maybe I'll tell him its $150 each time I have to come out. Write up a contract that makes it clear that all I do is clean out the trap and clogs and backups are not something I deal with. If he takes it then an extra $300 a month for like 20 - 30 minutes of work. If not then I'm not gonna cry about loosing the money.
     
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    Ok the grease traps the 20 gallon with a screen basket , never seen these small ones .
    The big ones are collected from a big vacuum truck and they sell it for $2.40 gallon and mostly nite pick ups . Those guys dont clean the traps .
    Schools have big square ones they change out monthly .
     

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