Restaurant Management 101 – Preventing Drain Backups
If you own or manage a restaurant, the last thing you want to do is shut down your business because your store is flooded. A clog in a drain line can not only cause down time for your restaurant, but also safety issues for employees and potential repercussions from the board of health. There are a number of reasons why commercial kitchen drains continue to back up. It’s essential that you understand how it can happen and implement best practices to prevent clogs from happening.
Why Commercial Kitchen Drains Clog
Fats, oils, and grease can quickly build up in drains. As these substances cool, they begin to harden and stick to the drain pipes. This can lead to major sanitation problems as the end result is clogged pipes or even an entirely clogged septic system. Food scraps can also be a culprit of clogged drain lines. A good way to prevent this is to place a strainer in your sinks and to train employees to clean plates with leftovers into the trash, not down the drain.
Most commercial kitchens have a grease trap in their kitchen to catch fats, oils and grease before they enter the drain lines. Keep in mind that while a commercial grade grease trap is effective, it will be ineffective if the drains aren’t professionally maintained. A grease trap cleaning service will determine how often a cleaning is needed by calculating the daily use of the grease trap.
Toilets and drains in restaurants can also become clogged from neglected septic systems. All of the wastewater from a restaurants flows into the septic tank, and it should be pumped by a professional on a regular basis to prevent backups and major, costly repairs to the system.
Professional Drain Cleaning and Septic Pumping
Today, professional companies use tiny video cameras to diagnose grease problems in the system lines. This helps determine where there is a root issue, break or crack in the line. Depending on the clog, our trained professionals utilize different equipment. Snaking or water jetting may be used to break through the clog and pull out any debris.
We also offer preventative maintenance plans to avoid breakages, overflows, clogs and backups. Customers can choose a plan that best meets their needs, including jetting the lines once a quarter, pumping the non-hazardous waste systems and complete inspections. Preventative maintenance is the best defense against clogged lines and septic tank problems!
Four Risks of Uncleaned Grease Traps
Having a grease trap that is not regularly cleaned and maintained, poses more than just a risk of bad-tasting food, but serious safety risks, as well as expenses. Here are four things a dirty grease trap can create:
Visible grease build-up on kitchen hoods, ducts, other ventilation systems, and kitchen surfaces are obvious, but industrial grease traps post a not-so-obvious threat to the safety and cleanliness of commercial and industrial kitchens.
Over half of restaurant building fires come from hazardous cooking conditions, resulting in millions of dollars in damage, as well as lost revenue.
It takes only a few ounces of grease to be a severe fire risk and a grease fire can burn through a typical fast food restaurant in as quickly as five minutes.
Old grease holds odors that can travel and contaminate the flavors of your foods. Not only can the smell permeate the food, but the building as well, making the atmosphere feel thick and unclean.
As grease traps do their job, they separate grease from liquids, allowing for grease to stay trapped instead of seeping into sewage and pipes, causing blockages.
However, if your grease trap is not regularly cleaned (or has not been properly inspected and cleaned for a while), you can develop blockages that could lead to stiff fines and penalties for damages.
If you weigh the cost of fire damage, lost customers, possible fines and property loss, against the cost of regularly scheduled maintenance of your grease trap, the conclusion is simple. By making arrangements to keep your grease trap clean and clear, you avoid potential disasters that could cost you in the long run.
Contact us today and ask about our proven 14 Point Inside Grease Trap Preventative Maintenance Program. By grease pumping, we can ensure your grease trap is clean, maintained and up to all health regulations.
3 Reasons To Be Concerned About Grease Trap Service
In order to help save the environment and keep toxic substances out of sewer systems, all restaurants have a grease trap. Grease traps are under restaurants and work to filter out grease and oil from water that gets disposed inside a restaurant. Grease traps, like anything else, require proper maintenance for a number of reasons.
1. Many Places Have Laws That Require Grease Trap Maintenance
These days, many cities and states have laws that regulate grease trap service. Keeping up on regular grease trap service will prevent you from getting fined by the government. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, many places like Madison, WI have come up with ways to make sewage costs cheaper for restaurants that regularly maintain their grease traps.
2. Regular Grease Trap Service Will Prevent Sewage Back-Ups
If you don’t clean out your grease traps on a regular basis, grease can build up inside the trap. Sometimes, grease can build up to the point where the drain gets clogged and water will not flow through it. Recently, according to the Palm Beach Post, Lake Worth, Florida had a grease trap overflow and flood a large area of the city’s streets.
3. Pumping Out Grease Traps Regularly Will Make Them Last Longer
If grease accumulates inside a grease trap, it will eventually clog but it also wears down the metal inside the trap. If a grease trap is not pumped out periodically, the grease trap will wear out and need replacement much more quickly.
Hiring a company to pump out your grease trap will save your business a bunch of money in the long run. Go to the Kline Services website to get more information about grease trap services. To get estimates on grease trap pumping services contact us to speak with one of our experts.
What Grease Thickness Means for Your Grease Tank
Grease is bad for your plumbing. Food service establishments should have a grease trap, especially if they have a septic tank. Oil and grease in wastewater can cause major pipe clogs and, yes, can cause septic systems to fail, with major implications for human and animal health. A septic tank failure can close your establishment for an extended period of time.
What To Do
The ideal solution, of course, is a grease trap that collects the kitchen grease and prevents it from entering the septic system. However, grease traps must be emptied regularly or they will stop doing their job. Grease thickness is the best sign that a trap needs cleaning and should be checked at least once a month, depending on how active your kitchen is and what cooking methods you use. You can, of course, save money by educating your staff on grease reduction procedures such as dry wiping pots and pans before dishwashing and recycling waste cooking oil.
If you allow grease thickness to build up too much then it will become harder and harder to remove, so it is better to have your trap cleaned more often than less. Ultimately, the grease will harden and you will not be able to scoop it out of the trap as you are used to doing, the sinks will back up and an unpleasant odor will ensue, possibly scaring off your patrons. At this point, your grease trap must be vacuum cleaned by a professional.
Do you have hardened grease? If so, then contact Kline’s Services – we can bring out our vacuum gear and get your grease trap back to its normal functioning. Then talk to us about a maintenance contract to prevent it from happening again.