Many of our commercial plumbing clients are restaurants. Restaurants require expert professional plumbing services because they represent an environment where water supply and sufficient drainage are critical. A busy restaurant can serve hundreds of tables a night, and any disruption in drainage flow or water service can be disastrous. Plumbing maintenance for restaurants includes grease traps, drains and sewer lines and emergency services.
One of the biggest mistakes that new restaurant owners make is overlooking the importance of proper maintenance of their plumbing system. Although plumbing is not usually on top of one’s the mind, effective management of a plumbing system plays a vital role in commercial restaurant ongoing success.
Commercial Grease Trap Cleaning and Maintenance
Grease traps prevent sewage blockages by intercepting fats, oils, and greases (FOG) that are produced during cooking, baking, frying, and dish washing. Nearly every commercial kitchen is required to operate and maintain a grease trap. A busy kitchen or restaurant should have the trap cleaned whenever grease and sludge occupy more than 25% of the tank volume.
Grease trap clogs are not handled the same way as drain and sewer clogs. It is important that no one uses hoses, wires, or a drain snake in an attempt to clear a blockage. Call a professional for a blockage, or whenever foul odors develop.
An annual grease trap pump is also recommended. This completely removes all FOG, water, and settled debris and allows a thorough inspection of the trap.
Commercial Drain Cleaning and Maintenance
Besides the kitchen grease traps and drains, a restaurant’s plumbing system also includes restrooms, bar sinks and maintenance sinks. Drain maintenance means cleaning out accumulated grease and grime before they lead to slow drainage or back ups. Typically, this involves regular drain and sewer line cabling.
Most experts recommend quarterly hydro jetting to thoroughly remove buildup for food prep and dish sinks as well as floor drains and dish-washing equipment. That applies not only to restaurants but to any facility where food is served.
Routine commercial drain cleaning also helps to determine if there are any breaks or cracks in the line.
Commercial Plumbing Maintenance for Restaurants – Beyond the Kitchen
A qualified company for plumbing maintenance for restaurants should have experience repairing the facilities in your building beyond the kitchen. They should be experts in commercial water heaters, familiar with the complexities of any boiler system you might have, and be experts in leak detection and repair including slab leaks. They should have experience with each type of fixture in your building, including automatic faucets and any special equipment.
Emergency Plumbing Services
Prompt 24/7 emergency services and efficient repairs are a vital aspect of professional maintenance services. Your restaurant plumbing maintenance contractor should be available around-the-clock every day of the year. Repair crews should include expert and experienced trouble shooters to quickly diagnose the problem and identify the best repair approach in order to keep your restaurant open and prevent unwanted closures.
ASAP Drain Guys & Plumbing – Custom Plumbing Maintenance for Restaurants
Our experts are ready 24/7 for emergencies as well as maintenance to plumbing, sewer, septic, and gas lines. We’ll be happy to meet with you, review your facility and maintenance records, and create a custom maintenance schedule.