Cleaning and maintaining a trash compactor is a ton of work due to the large amount of materials that are running down the compactor that could potentially clog it. Companies have to expend a great deal of time and financial resources in order to make sure that their trash compactor continues to work. One solution to this problem is to rent a trash compactor each week to compact all of your trash and then allow the compactor company to worry about maintaining the compactor. A second option is to develop a solid maintenance method yourself. Here are some maintenance tips for your trash compactor.
1. Responsible Pressure Washing
The most effective method for cleaning your trash compactor is to regularly use a fast stream of warm water to clear everything out of the trash compactor. This method allows you to clean the compactor without getting your hands dirty and can do it within a relatively short period of time. However, if you decide to pressure wash your trash compactor, you are going to need to make sure that you are responsible about it.
One major damage to the local water supply is accidentally forcing the trash from your compactor down any nearby storm drains. If the trash goes down the storm drains, it will pollute the water supply and make your company unsafe to live near. Therefore, you are also going to need to make sure that you cover any nearby storm drains while pressure washing your compactor.
2. Frequent Traps
Another option is to have traps installed throughout the chute that leads to your pressure compactor. These traps will catch the largest pieces of trash that are thrown out of the compactor. During the first pass, you can have all of the traps set to catch the trash as it falls. This means that only the smallest pieces of trash will reach your trash compactor. Then, starting at the lowest trap in the chute, remove it and dump whatever was caught into the trash compactor. From there, continue upwards by taking each trap out of the chute and emptying it manually. This will keep your trash compactor from getting clogged because the flow of trash that is reaching it is highly regulated.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in renting trash compactors to businesses like C-TEC Compactors & Balers. They will have some tips for keeping the compactors clean and might be able to offer you cleaning services.