Advice for Cleaning Greasy Pumping Equipment

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With pumping businesses regularly cleaning out grease traps, it’s inevitable that equipment becomes coated with grease and needs washing. So what do you with grease buildup on your equipment?

Having the right cleaning equipment, knowing where to look for grease buildup, and routine maintenance will keep your pumping gear clean and grease-free.

John Remstedt, president of Grease Masters, says that grease buildup in the suction hoses isn’t really an issue. “We use Kanaflex hose and we’ve never had problems with grease on the inside. Now if we do get some stuff on the inside of the hoses, we just jet them out really quick,” Remstedt says. Grease Masters uses the Advance Pump & Equipment jetter box system, so the same unit can be used as a pressure washer and a jetter.

Grease finds a way

The equipment will need cleaning. No matter how careful you are when cleaning out grease traps, the grease will find its way onto equipment and clothes. “It’s mostly in the tops of the tanks and the valves and on the bunk rails of the truck,” Remstedt says. “You’ll get it on your gloves, and it gets all over everything. You just have to wash everything — a lot.”

Luckily, cleaning is relatively simple. Remstedt has seen that just straight hot water is all it takes to thoroughly clean grease off of equipment, and he doesn’t use any chemicals. “We use a hot-water pressure washer to clean the grease off of everything,” Remstedt says. “If you use 180-degree hot water, it will take care of it.”

As the hose is coming out of the grease trap, especially outside grease traps, they rinse it off with the pressure washer before packing it back on the truck.

As for the inside of the actual trap, “There are multiple ways to deal with it on the inside of grease traps,” Remstedt says. “There’s the Crust Buster, we use those. And then, like I said, all of my trucks have pressure washers. We pressure wash the inside of every grease trap that we clean.”

That technique works great for outside grease traps, but pressure washing grease traps inside can make a big mess so those are scraped out.


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