All drains can become blocked from time to time. However, among the biggest risks are faced by commercial kitchens which are producing hundreds of meals a day.
This can generate wastewater contaminated with food waste, including fats and oils. Such waste should be disposed of in bins. But mistakes still happen, resulting to drain clogs.
To overcome this, restaurants engage specialist water jetting services to provide professional drain cleaning. These drainage experts can also install grease traps that help separate and collect fats, oils, and grease in wastewater.
Grease traps stop waste materials from entering the sewer systems. Some restaurants may attempt a DIY solution, like using hot water to unclog the sinks, or by installing simple grease interceptors in their kitchens.
Water jetting services are provided by experts who are trained and qualified to deliver the best drain cleaning services day in and day out. Here are more reasons to engage professional drain cleaners to maintain your drainage and plumbing system:
Drain Cleaning Using Advanced Equipment
Water jetting services use pressurised water to remove the blockage allowing the wastewater to flow freely.
Minor blockages may quickly break up into very small pieces of waste material, which easily flow away down the pipe. However, bigger blockages contain so much waste material that it needs to be vacuumed up, to stop it from causing another blockage further down the sewer pipe.
If the blockage cannot be removed with pressured water jetting, it may be possible to clear it with using electro-mechanical cleaning.
This involves use of a flexible steel tube, with a rotating tool at the end, to cut through blockages. Such blockages may be composed of tree roots, scale, or rust, which need to be cut through to be removed.
Planned and Preventative Maintenance
1) The Installation of Grease Interceptors for Your Plumbing System
Commercial kitchens require grease interceptors of the right capacity to accommodate the solid waste being generated. The larger the commercial kitchen, the bigger the grease traps.
If the grease interceptor (or grease trap) is too small, it can cause blockages or backflows. These can result in wastewater backing up in the pipe, potentially flooding kitchens.
Water jetting professionals can determine the right size of the grease interceptors for installation, depending on the layout of the kitchen and the peak wastewater flow. The sizes are based on whether the interceptor serves a single fixture, like a three-compartment sink, or many fixtures.
Interceptors for multiple-fixture sizes are ideal for commercial kitchens and large food service establishments. While those for single-fixture sizes are common in residential homes. Specialists commissioned to provide water jetting services use advanced CCTV drainage survey equipment to determine the size of grease interceptor required for installation.
2) Maintaining Grease Interceptors
Grease interceptors are designed to separate solids form wastewater. As the wastewater flows into the municipal sewer lines, however, the solid material continues to build up within the grease interceptor.
Water jetting providers conduct routine grease interceptor maintenance to prevent the development of drain clogs. They also perform additional maintenance procedures to ensure optimal performance of the grease interceptors by:
• Monitoring the level of FOG and other solids in the grease trap.
• Pumping out the grease trap regularly.
• Ensuring the wastewater volumes and flow rates do not exceed the capacity of the grease trap.
HOW TO SIZE A GREASE TRAP FOR A COMMERCIAL KITCHEN, thermaco.com
Grease traps & treatment equipment, sydneywater.com.au
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