Maintaining The Drainage in a Hospital Building

When it comes to modern hospitals, they are amongst some of the most complicated buildings in the world and this is because they specifically designed to be used for various kinds of patients, in different care settings all while using a plethora of treatments and equipment. So, with that in mind, their drainage systems are by nature also very complex. Health facility managers are also well aware of what a headache it can be when these systems break down. For example, a sewage backup occurring behind a blockage and flooding a hospital ward, while not uncommon, can mean having to move patients to other busy wards in order to clean that area. All County Sewer & Drain is well equipped to handle the maintenance of a hospital’s drainage system and provides the following tips to ensure your system remains in top shape.

 

Know Your Drainage System

Most hospital buildings have been developed as necessary over the years and the mapping of the drainage systems sometimes does not keep up with these changes due to a myriad of reasons such as inaccurate or incomplete plans, or even misconnections in the hospital pipework. This can make identifying the source of a drainage problem much more difficult and thus responding to those problems can become close to impossible. So, the best way to mitigate these issues is to map the entire drainage system so that you can identify the connections, water flows, system capacities, and asset condition.

 

With All County’s sewer camera system, they can provide high-quality video footage inside the pipes to give a clear view of the system allowing you to better map things out. This is the first step to having a quality maintenance strategy as you can easily identify which parts need to be fixed immediately and which can be saved for a later time.

 

Effective Maintenance

Performing regular preventative maintenance will be essential due to the unique demands placed on drainage systems. You will find that in older hospitals, many of the downpipes are cast iron reducing their capacity due to oxidization. Common hospital items can also accelerate this process like caustic chemicals, sanitation gels and detergents can also build up within the pipes. In addition to what goes on inside the building, outside blockage issues can be a burden to patient services. For example, tree root infestation and drain collapses are common causes of sewer blockages. All County Sewer & Drain has many different techniques to rectify these issues if necessary.

 

Control What Goes Down The Drains

Typically, whatever a patient or a healthcare worker would do at home, they are likely to do in a hospital. Therefore, it is not uncommon for many sanitary products and wet wipes to be disposed of wrongly down hospital toilets on a regular basis. Along with this, in hospital canteens and kitchens, you will notice a lot of fats and oils finding their way down the drains in residual amounts of through irresponsible disposal. For this reason, it is imperative to be in control of what is being put in the drains. So, be sure to train the staff and be on high alert when it comes to patients and visitors.

 

These are just a few common tips that can help maintain an effective drainage system within a hospital building. As mentioned, All County Sewer & Drain is well equipped to handle these kinds of drainage systems, especially with their sewer camera system that will allow them to get deep into the pipes and determine root causes of whatever drainage issue your building might be facing. For more information, feel free to call All County Sewer & Drain at 1 (800) 834-3102!

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!

Preventative Maintenance Tips for Excess Usage

This year we were all taken for a ride with the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the quarantine, we were all left to stay home for an extended period of time. Now, that businesses and even schools are beginning to open back up, we can expect that the sewer systems will be used much more than they had been previously. With that being said, it is important to perform preventative maintenance, not just to administer best practices, but also to ensure the safety of everyone who uses it. As we are not out of the woods yet as it pertains to COVID-19, safety should always be your number one priority. So, by having a properly functioning sewer system, that is clean, it will protect any patrons or students in the building. Therefore, let’s take a look at some preventative maintenance tips for excessive usage of your sewer system.

 

Clean Out Slow And Clogged Drains

With excess usage, you may come to experience water that is slow to empty in the drains which might indicate a clog. One chemical-free and natural remedy of vinegar and hot water poured down the drain can flush it out and unplug the debris. You will want to complete this technique every few months in order to keep the drains flowing at an optimal condition. You can also use common household drain cleaners. Now, if you find that this issue continues to occur, then you will want to reach out to your local professional for assistance. All County Sewer and Drain use their sewer cameras to get deep to the root of the problem which would be very useful in these kinds of situations.

 

Investigate Bare Pipes and Appliances For Leaks

There will be situations where a leak can be traced back to a broken or exposed pipe that was connected to a water heater, garbage disposal, or other appliance. If you follow the manufacture guidelines for maintaining the appliances, you can help to keep thins in check. However, it is also a good practice to learn to look for signs of water leakage like stains on the walls or ceilings. Another telltale sign is water pooling around the floor and by being aware of these signs, you can prevent a major issue before it becomes one. Plus, if you want to very proactive, you should look to schedule periodic leak detection services from your local professional.

 

Check The Sewer System Lines

If you have a building that runs on a sewer system, then you need to understand how the lines run and check regularly for tree roots that may sprout and cause havoc with the pipes. This is another prime opportunity to take advantage of All County Sewer and Drain’s sewer camera inspections. They can use their technology to snake through the sewer lines and check for any problems and nip them in the bud before they become costly.

 

Test The Water Pressure

Another great measure to take is to check the water pressure frequently as it will help regulate what comes out of the faucets. You can use a gauge to test the water pressure and ensure that it working at optimal levels. You can also include a pressure regulator that will keep the water pressure at the preferred level.

 

As always, safety is the number one concern, especially during these times. It is important that you do what you can to control the aspects that are within your control. For any further questions or assistance as it pertains to preventative maintenance, please feel free to call All County Sewer and Drain at 1 (800) 834-3102!

What Is A Sewer Camera Inspection?

The plumbing industry has truly evolved over the last few decades, especially when it comes to some of the newer innovations such as sewer camera inspections. When you think about it, do we truly know what’s beneath the surface of our gutters? Without the technology of sewer cameras, there would be a host of problems that we would be unaware of that would eventually lead to costly problems down the line. The process of these inspections is quite simple. It involves snaking a tiny camera down the drains to search for any possible damage allowing professionals such as the ones at All County Sewer and Drain to perform their job more effectively.

 

What Do Sewer Camera Inspections Do?

There are a couple of versions of these sewer line inspection cameras (All County Sewer and Drain have both versions), but the most common is a long and skinny robotic snake with a camera at the end that gives plumbers a real-time look at what is going on in your pipes. The twisty and bendy nature of the technology allows the camera to work its way through any curves and contours of the pipe or drain. So, this helps plumbers locate and diagnose the exact problems that they previously would have only been able to guess.

 

How Do Sewer Inspection Cameras Work?

Looking further into how these inspections work, you will find that the flexible rod which holds the camera is inserted into the drain or pipe. The high-definition video camera at the end is then able to broadcast everything into a screen that the plumber will use for the inspection. There are also bright LED lights attached to the rod so that they can see in the darkest areas and even record everything in the event that they need to go back and locate an issue later. 

 

There are a plethora of problems that these cameras can spot such as:

 

Pipe Issues

As a home begins to settle, pipes tend to shift at very odd angles which makes them susceptible to cracks, collapse, or even misalignment.

 

Tree Roots

You may notice that tree roots can grow into a sewer line, and can typically be cleaned. However, if it is too great of an impact, it can cause major damage repair and it would be critical to get the right diagnosis as that would be the difference between thousands of dollars.

 

Corrosion

While modern pipes are made from PVC and unlikely to see corrosion if you have an older metal pipe, then it may be prone to such damage. 

Blockage

One of the most common sewer problems is a blockage and there are a million ways that a pipe can get blocked with something. Sewer cameras are capable of pinpointing exactly where the blockage is making it easier to remove. 

 

Leaks

These cameras can also spot leaks in pipes and drains and help make the repairs much easier and faster to take on.

 

So, if you are looking to schedule a sewer line inspection using one of our cameras, feel free to give us a call at 1 (800) 834-3102 today!

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!