Tips To Keep Restaurant Drains Fresh

For restaurant owners, there are a host of things that one must keep track of. One of the most important things to think about is proper drain care. At All County Sewer and Drain, we have all the necessary tools and experience to help keep restaurant drains in top shape. So, let’s take a look at some tips that can help you take care of your drains and avoid health hazards in the process. 

 

Keep Grease Traps Clean

One of the best ways to keep your drains in top shape is to make sure the grease traps are clean. These are designed to stop certain materials from getting into your plumbing system which would result in clogging. The primary culprits include oils and fats which can cause many plumbing issues if they manage to get past your grease traps. So, it will be imperative to know how often your grease traps need to be pumped and when the grease trap line needs to be cleaned. Both of these measures will depend on how much grease you dispose of, so be sure to find an interval that works best for you.

 

Use Natural Solutions

Many times, even with minor clogs, people are quick to go for a chemical drain cleaner. Now, while these can be effective, the harsh ingredients and compounds used to break down clogs can also cause other types of problems that can be quite expensive to fix. An alternative solution that is more natural would be to use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar which work together to take on grime and grease. Another natural solution to look into is hot water and bleach which helps to clear funky smells. These natural solutions are unlikely to damage your pipes which will be beneficial for you in the long run.

 

Install A Drain Cover

Drain covers or drain grates help to keep out any large debris, ensuring that your pipes and grease traps stay cleaner. On the bright side, these do not cost too much to install and would end up paying for itself over time as they would help you avoid any costly plumbing problems due to its assistance.

 

Eliminate Any Food Scraps

Even the smallest food scraps can cause some issues if they make their way down the drain. So, you will want to ensure that employees clean off plates thoroughly into the trash can. This will help you have some peace of mind that you won’t have to deal with any waste causing clogs or drain issues. The added time spent on cleaning up will certainly save you a bigger headache down the line. 

 

These are just a few tips that restaurant owners can use for preventative maintenance on their drains. For further information or assistance, be sure to call the professionals at All County Sewer and Drain and we would be happy to take a look at the problem for you and get you and your restaurant back on the right track. Give us a call at 1 (800) 834-3102!

What To Look For in Your Plumbing System After Time Off

Many businesses have been closed due to the COVID-19 and while you have been home, the plumbing system at your office has also been on a mini-vacation as it has not been used during the weeks to months you have been away. So, unbeknownst to you, there might be a variety of issues that you will need to attend to once you return. Plumbing problems are expected to happen to anyone at any time, especially during times of inactivity. So, as many people are returning to their offices, let’s take a look at a few things you should check for upon your arrival.

 

Main Water Valve

The main water valve is what controls all of the water that enters the building. This should’ve been turned off before you left as it would protect you from any water damage in the event a leak were to occur. So, upon your return, you will want to turn it back on and check to see that everything is working properly as it should. If you happen to notice anything unusual, you may want to seek professional assistance. 

 

Leaking Pipes

Make sure you are also checking around the toilets, faucets, showers, water heater, and any other pipes for leaks. One of the most clear-cut signs of a leak is a small pool of water around it. However, a not-so-obvious sign of a water leak is a wet pipe, so you will want to feel around for that as well. Another tactic is to take your socks off and walk around the flooring to see if you feel any damp or cold spots because those may be an indicator of a leak underneath the floor. 

 

Sump Pump

The sump pump is the first line of defense whenever there is an excess of water due to heavy rain or leaks. Similar to the main water valve, this is something that should have been checked before you closed down. So, when you return, you will want to check it once again to ensure it is working as it should. One way to do so is to pour a bucket, or water the pit with a hose to make sure that it is draining the water automatically.

 

Supply Lines

Another thing you will want to look into is the material your supply lines are constructed out of. If they are made of plastic, it might be time to upgrade them to stainless steel because plastic supply lines are much more fragile and may have been damaged during the time away. 

 

These are just a few things you will need to check for once returning to your business to ensure that the plumbing is working as it should. If you notice anything alarming, be sure to call All County Sewer and Drain at 1 (800) 834-3102 as soon as possible to take a look and remedy the situation!

The Benefits Of A Sewer Camera Inspection

It is not uncommon for homeowners to ignore their sewer systems. It is usually out of sight and out of mind until they notice that something has gone wrong. Sometimes, the damage can be severe and expensive because it was neglected for so long. However, an effective way to expose any faulty pipelines and/or clogs before they become too serious is with a sewer camera inspection. When drains become clogged, there is so much that can go wrong and ignoring these issues can cost you a lot of money over time. Therefore, sewer camera inspections should be looked at as a means to save more money. Let’s take a look at more benefits to having regular sewer camera inspections.

 

Accurate Diagnostic Procedure

With a sewer camera inspection, homeowners will be able to see a real-time feed from the camera which is fed underground. This will allow them to see exactly what is causing the sewer problem and the exact location. So, you will be able to pinpoint the right method of fixing that problem without causing further damage.

 

No Digging Involved

Another benefit of the sewer camera inspection is that it will make everything that was once tedious and difficult with sewer problems much better. So, rather than having to excavate your entire yard, all you will need to do is have a small entry point for the camera to take a peek into whatever sewer issue you might be having.

 

Less Labor Costs

As we mentioned earlier, these sewer camera inspections can help save you a lot of money. The usual inspection process tends to require a bit of luck along with trial and error to find where the problem lies and this can become costly after a while. However, with a camera inspection, you will save the trouble of putting together an army of heavy machinery and contractors to locate the source of the problem. Plus, All County Sewer and Drain have been performing sewer camera inspections for years and are qualified to complete this innovative method.

 

Preventative Maintenance

Sewer camera inspections are also the best solution to preventing future catastrophic problems. For example, if a homeowner has noticed consistent patches of water in their yard, the best practice would be to have the pipes inspected as soon as possible because any tiny leaks are sure to grow bigger over time. So, a camera inspection will help to see the extent of their system’s pipe damage.

 

All County Sewer and Drain has dedicated themselves to using the latest technology in drain cleaning and that includes sewer camera inspections. This is a practice that not many other companies within the area are doing and that sets up apart from the competition. For more information on how these inspections can benefit your household, give us a call at 1 (800) 834-3102 today!