A busy restaurant may serve hundreds of customers in a single evening, and during dinner rush, a sudden plumbing failure can be disastrous. Backups in the public restrooms or kitchen drains may force you to close prematurely, until the problem can be repaired. Fortunately, following a regular maintenance schedule can prevent many common plumbing emergencies.
Grease trap maintenance
Most commercial kitchens have grease traps that prevent grease from clogging drains and sewer lines. These traps must be cleaned regularly – ideally, they should be thoroughly emptied and cleaned every few days, but that’s a time-consuming process that’s difficult to manage in a busy restaurant.
When grease traps have collected solids amounting to 25 percent of their wet volume, they must be cleaned. In many restaurants, that means traps will need to be cleaned weekly. Kitchen staff trained to empty and clean grease traps can handle these regular cleanings, but monthly professional grease trap cleaning keeps systems functioning at their best, because plumbers who perform this service are able to remove accumulated grease in hard-to-reach places.
Kitchen sinks drains
Restaurant kitchens may have double or triple sinks, a dishwasher and a floor drain. Because floor drains are often located behind the food preparation line, a backup can leave cooks unable to safely do their jobs. When sinks back up, or the dishwasher doesn’t drain properly, you can quickly run out of clean dishes, flatware and glasses.
Regular professional drain-cleaning prevents the build-up that can cause slow or clogged drains.
At home, you have a lot of control over what enters your drains, but in a public restroom, all sorts of items may be going down the drain without your knowledge – keys, paper towels and cellphones, to name a few.
While regular sewer line cleaning can’t prevent the occasional odd object from going down the drain, it can identify potential problems before they cause back-ups. For example, a professional plumber may find (and remove) tree roots that have infiltrated sewer lines, or may recommend updating an old sewer pipe for greater capacity.
A plumbing company experienced in commercial foodservice maintenance can handle all of your plumbing needs and reduce the risk of some catastrophic malfunction on a busy Saturday night.