A restaurant kitchen is a busy, bustling place. Unfortunately, an easy mistake like pouring grease or oil down the drain can cause a clog that could seriously interfere with your daily operations. Even if you do adhere to strict cleaning and maintenance schedules, it’s possible for pipes to clog without warning.
So, what can you do to avoid this problem, and how do you address it most efficiently when it does arise? For the best results, you may want to solicit the help of a professional who specializes in drain cleaning services. Read on to learn what preventative measures you can take to minimize clogging and what the process of unclogging grease from your restaurant drain looks like in practice.
How to keep kitchen drains clear
While accidents do happen, it’s smart to establish clear rules around waste disposal and train staff to follow them so clogged pipes are kept to a minimum. Here are some helpful guidelines to incorporate into your kitchen practices:
- Dispose of grease safely: Most kitchen staff are well aware that greasy and oily substances do not belong in your kitchen drain, but it’s worth mentioning as it’s the most significant threat to your kitchen drain. Instead of disposing of them down the drain, pour greasy, oily substances into a container to cool, then dispose of it in the trash.
- No food waste in the sink: In a busy kitchen, it’s easy to absentmindedly put food waste right in the sink with used dishes. Unfortunately, this is a great way to clog up your pipes. Foods containing oil, grease or starch can stick to the walls of your pipes and cause buildup that will eventually require professional drain cleaning service.
- Flush drains daily: Even if you’re diligent about keeping food and grease out of the sink, there is always a chance of buildup. To prevent this escalating into a full-on clogged drain, incorporate drain rinsing into your kitchen closing duties. Add a bit of dish detergent to a gallon of hot water and pour this down the drain, then flush the solution with another gallon of hot water. If anything is building up, this will help break it down.
How to unclog kitchen drains
The standard method for unclogging a greasy kitchen pipe is called hydro jetting, which is essentially pressure washing your drains clean. Using special attachments designed to navigate the curves of your plumbing, a hose is inserted into the drain and water blasts out any blockages that have built up. The best way to prevent a clog like this from completely throwing off the flow of your kitchen is to have routine hydro jetting service scheduled with a specialist. This way, you’re able to decide when you want to have your pipes serviced, rather than waiting for your pipes to decide for you.
To set up your next drain cleaning service appointment, contact Mike’s Septic & McKinley Sewer Services. Our team of professionals will work diligently to keep your kitchen running smoothly. Visit us online to learn more about our drain cleaning services, then give us a call to schedule an appointment.