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How to Keep Your Grease Trap Clean and Avoid Kitchen Odors

Your grease trap should be regularly maintained.

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If you live in a condo, you probably have a grease trap beneath your kitchen sink. Its purpose is intercept grease, food bits, and other organic material before wastewater goes through your sewage system.

Cleaning your grease trap is something that you call a professional to do, because more often than not, a dirty trap is what causes bad odors to emanate from your kitchen drain. Moreover, one that’s not well maintained can invite roaches and other pests into your home. Having it cleaned every three months is optimum, but if it’s not possible, here are a few ways you can keep your grease trap cleaner for longer.

Don’t throw in oily substances down the drain.

Pouring oily substance down your kitchen drain can clog pipes and overwork your grease trap. Store oil in a separate sealable but recyclable container (like a used milk carton) and keep it in the fridge for a while (don’t forget to mark it). This way, the oil will harden, and it will be much easier for you to dispose of.  

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Don’t throw food bits down the drain.

Rice grains, bones, and other food bits should never be thrown down the drain, because aside from the fact that it’ll clog everything, it will also easily stink. These can become food for bacteria, which can contaminate your sink and everything that you wash in it.

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To avoid having food bits fall into your drain, make sure to have strainers, which you can empty out after you finish doing the dishes.

Clean your drain.

One way to keep bad odors away is to regularly clean your kitchen drain. Better Homes & Gardens recommends first pouring one part of baking soda down the drain, and slowly followed by two parts of white vinegar. Soak it for around 15 minutes—the white bubbling is normal—then wash everything down with hot water.

Remember: don’t clean your grease trap on your own.

As we mentioned, let a professional do it, because they have the right tools for the job and know exactly how water lines work. You wouldn’t want to end up with an open grease trap that has suddenly stopped working—aside from producing foul odors, it may even cause problems to your home’s water and drainage system.

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