Restaurant owners know that handling grease disposal is no joke of a job. Even if you participate in a grease recycling program to handle large quantities of fry oil, you still have a significant amount of grease going down your drains from dirty pots, pans and dishes.
Even if you don’t serve a lot of fried food, all restaurants can benefit from a drain cleaning schedule in order to avoid emergency clogs and even health code violations.
Grease Makes Drains Inoperable
Solid fats like coconut oil, butter, and rendered animal fat, solidify at much warmer temperatures. They may go down your drain liquid because they’re being rinsed down with hot water, but as they travel through your drain, the grease cools and solidifies. Over time, this build up can cause such severe clogs that your drains become virtually inoperable.
Liquid oils, such as olive, canola and peanut have to be stored in very cold, nearly freezing temperatures, to begin to turn gelatinous and eventually freeze, and would have to be in a frozen state before they would clog pipes. These temperatures are virtually unheard of in the drains of Southwest Florida restaurants.
Clogged Drains Are A Health Code Violation
Clogged drains means dirty water can’t be let out of the sink, and dishes cannot be properly cleaned in standing water. It also means that grease, dirt and bacteria are being returned to the sink from the clogged drain. Not only is this a nuisance to your kitchen staff, but it’s a code violation to health inspectors, and an unacceptable way to “clean” the dishes you’re serving your customers on.
Regular Drain Cleaning Prevents Grease Clogs
If you serve a lot of fried food, or cook fatty meats all day on the stove, you are inevitably going to need drain cleaning. Savvy restaurant owners know it’s not worth the risk to wait for something to happen. Setting up a regular drain cleaning schedule with a commercial plumber ensures you’re never going to get blind sighted by grease clogs.
How often do you need drain cleaning? It depends on your menu and volume of service. Some restaurants need it weekly, others monthly, and still others can get away with quarterly cleanings. The best course of action is to engage a local commercial plumber to come do an onsite evaluation, so that they can analyze the type and volume of grease going down your drains and give you a schedule for keeping them clean.
Plumbing Nerds Provides Restaurant Drain Cleaning Throughout Southwest Florida
From Bradenton to Naples, we’re clearing grease clogs in restaurants day in, and day out. Whether you need 24/7 emergency service, or you’d like to set up a regular drain cleaning schedule, contact Plumbing Nerds at 239.471.7557 to schedule your appointment for an estimate.