There are many products you can buy for your septic tank and system that make it function better. One of these products is a grease trap additive. If you are unsure what this, you may have many questions. Getting answers to the questions you have will help you decide if it is something that can improve your septic tank. Here are a few of the frequently asked questions you may have about grease trap additives.
What is a Grease Trap Additive?
Septic systems have grease traps on them. These traps help to catch grease before it enters the tank. Unfortunately, the traps become full as they are used. Grease fills these traps and eventually, the traps need to be removed so they can be cleaned. If this does not happen, the filters can become so full that they can't catch anymore grease or so full that water cannot flow through the trap and it backs up into your sink. A grease trap additive eats away at the grease, helping to safely remove it, so you don't have to dig around to remove the grease traps and clean them by hand.
How Do You Use a Grease Trap Additive?
A grease trap additive is extremely easy to use. You simply pour some of the additive down the sinks that have grease traps connected to them. At the bare minimum, this is just your kitchen sink. However, newer septic systems have grease traps on many different sinks and drains, including showers and bathroom sinks. There are different types of additives, so follow the manufacturer's directions for how much you should use. Repeat this process as needed to keep your grease traps free of grease and residue.
How Often Should You Use a Grease Trap Additive?
A grease trap additive should be used every one to three months, depending on the size of your household and how much grease builds up in your trap. If you find yourself having clogs or sink back-ups often, you will want to use the product more frequently. If you do not have many clogs, you can use it less often.