One Call Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Commercial Plumbing’ Category
If you own a restaurant or food service establishment, then you likely already know that a commercial grease trap system is a basic part of your business’s plumbing and sanitary system.
You might also know that in order for your establishment to remain up to code, it must have a properly installed and functioning grease trap in place that receives routine maintenance to clean it out. And this is a job for a professional commercial plumber!
What you might not know is how exactly a grease trap functions, and what makes it so important. Read on!
The Job of Your Commercial Grease Trap
The grease trap in your commercial kitchen is there to prevent FOG (fats, oils, and grease, that go down the sink drains from entering into either the public sewer system or the septic tank.
The problem with FOG is that it can quickly clog up pipes and create major obstructions, so as much as possible should be kept from going through your plumbing system’s drain pipes.
Grease traps are particularly important for businesses that rely on a septic system instead of the municipal sewer system, as they can rapidly …
The very first thing you need to know about grease traps is that if you own a commercial restaurant or kitchen in Raleigh & Durham, or anywhere really, then you need one in place.
Your commercial plumbing in Raleigh & Durham, NC shares a lot in common with smaller, somewhat less complex residential plumbing systems. One of these commonalities is that FOG (fats, oils, and grease) can do a lot of damage to the system in the form of clogs. And since commercial kitchens work with such high levels of production, FOG down the drains is something that’s impossible to avoid and is a serious threat.
Commercial grease trap systems are important in preventing clogged drains and sewer systems on your property. They’re also important for helping to protect the municipal plumbing system. More on that below. First, let’s talk a bit more about what these systems are and how they work.
The Functionality of a Grease Trap
Residential homes and properties very rarely would have a need for a designated grease trap. However, you should always be careful about not putting FOG down …
No, we aren’t talking about cooking utensils and safety gear for kitchen accidents. Though, we certainly hope you’re equipped with all that! Rather, we’re asking if your kitchen is fully equipped with all the plumbing fixtures and components needed for you to run your operation smoothly and hygienically.
You may have seen us mention before on our blog how homeowners should never put FOG (fats, oils and grease) down their kitchen sink drain. But in a restaurant kitchen? You have no choice. There is going to be a high volume of food production and therefore a high volume of FOG, which poses a serious threat. So what can you do?
Make Sure You Have an Effective Grease Trap in Place
A grease trap is an essential component for any business owner or manager running a commercial kitchen. They’re vital for not only preventing clogged drains and backed up sewer lines on your property, but for protecting the municipal plumbing system, too. Whatever commercial grease trap services you require, you can count on our plumbers for …
No matter what type of business you run, whether it’s a restaurant where you have extensive kitchen plumbing or a basic office with a bathroom and a sink, you have plumbing needs. Perhaps you try to handle those plumbing needs on your own—if a bathroom sink is clogged you can just pour some liquid drain cleaner down it and call it a day, right?
Well, not so much. These are actually pretty harmful to pipes—which we’ll get into more below—and with much higher stakes than in a residential situation, you want to ensure you are taking the best care you can of your commercial plumbing in Cary, NC. Read on to learn more about how chemical liquid drain cleaners can do more harm than good, and how beneficial hydro-jetting can be for your business.
Why You Shouldn’t Rely on Chemicals
Professionals will never recommend the common drain cleaning chemicals for even homeowners, let alone business owners. We understand that this might seem like a simple fix, and a convenient one, but here are some truths about those drain cleaning chemicals:
They are some of the most toxic and caustic chemicals you can find at the store—potentially leading to skin and …
Commercial plumbing systems have a lot in common with their smaller, residential counterparts. But, they are typically more expansive, and therefore more complex. This is particularly true when we’re talking about commercial kitchens. As such, certain problems can arise that could put an absolute halt to your business operations. These problems include issues caused by FOG (fats, oils, and grease), which poses a very serious threat.
It’s for this reason (aside from it being legally required) that your commercial kitchen be equipped with a grease trap, professionally installed and serviced by a commercial Cary, NC plumber. This important system will not only help prevent clogged drains and sewer lines on your property, but will protect the municipal plumbing system as well—helping you to run your business and to do your part in creating a healthier community.
How Do Commercial Grease Traps Work?
The average residential property doesn’t have a need for a grease trap (although, FOG should be avoided in this case, too!) But due to the volume of cooking fats and grease in addition to dirty dishes being thrown into dishwashers and sinks, commercial kitchens can run into very serious issues with grease buildup …