Do you own a restaurant? If so, you regularly face a number of risks that could threaten your business. One threat that may not be top of mind, though, is the risk of a plumbing issue interrupting your lunch or dinner service. Nothing can impact a diner's appetite like a foul smell in the restroom or an overflowing toilet or sink. Similarly, a clog in the kitchen can completely disrupt your staff's ability to prepare food. Fortunately, with a few simple steps, you can prevent these types of plumbing mishaps from occurring and keep your kitchen and restrooms water- and odor-free:
Clean dishes thoroughly before putting them in the dishwasher. You've probably invested in a powerful industrial dishwasher for your kitchen. That's a good idea, as a strong dishwasher can eliminate bacteria and keep you in compliance with health code regulations. However, you still need someone to manually rinse the dishes before they go in the dishwasher. This is because grease can cause serious clogs. If you put greasy dishes into the dishwasher, the hot water will melt the grease and push it into your drainage pipes. Once there, the grease will cool and form a solid coating around the inside of the pipe. Eventually, your pipes will clog and you'll have drainage coming back out of your sinks, toilets, and other appliances.
Instead, have an employee manually scrape solids and grease off of plates. Then do a quick rinse under the sink before putting the plate into the dishwasher. That simple step will eliminate much of your clogging risk.
Use liquid trap primer. You probably have a drain in the floor of your restroom, making it convenient for your staff to hose down the floor and clean it on a regular basis. Under this drain, the pipe probably forms a "U" shape. This shape is important, as water sits in the bottom part of that U-bend. The water prevents foul smelling sewage odor from leaking up into your restroom.
Sometimes, though, the water in the U-bend can evaporate. That allows a foul smell to enter the restroom and fill the air. This can be deceiving—you may think the smell is coming from the toilet. However, no amount of toilet cleaning will get rid of this smell.
Instead, regularly pour a little liquid trap primer into the drain. You can get it at any hardware store. That will maintain a protective barrier so sewage odor can't find its way into your restroom.
Test flush the toilets. Clogged toilets are common in the restaurant industry. Unfortunately, you can't control what your guests put down your toilet. Everything from too much toilet paper to trash to feminine products can cause clogs. What you can do is test your toilets each night for slow flushing. A slow or weak flush indicates that your toilets are partially clogged. If you get a slow or weak flush, plunge it or use an auger to snake the drain. That will clear the partial blockage and prevent a more serious issue.
Also, keep a number handy for a reliable commercial plumbing service like DiRosato Plumbing and Heating. If you do have a serious issue, you'll want a service who can show up and resolve the issue quickly.