Plumbing problems can cause headaches and big pockets for restaurant owners. The main problems with the plumbing in restaurants are caused by pipe clogging, causing the plumbing to rise again, overflow and not drain properly. The main cause of this problem is that employees throw food scraps and other materials down the drain instead of throwing them in the right place. As a professional plumber who has worked with restaurants for over 20 years, here are a few of the areas I think you need to focus on for your plumbing system to work properly.
Maintaining your dishwashing station
The dishwashing station is where most of the restaurant sanitation problems occur. Often the servers do not properly clean the plates with leftover food, strawsand napkins before handing them over in the dishwasher. The dishwasher then sprays the dishes down the sink and all the food and other material slips down the drain, backing it up.
Training the servers to properly dispose of leftover items in the trash is the first step needed to prevent plumbing issues from occurring. As a backup, an easy way to prevent this is to use wire mesh. Cut a small piece of gauze, the same that is used in window or door fly screens, and placing it over the drain will prevent most materials from flushing down the drain. The mesh can be easily removed and cleaned. Using this simple and inexpensive piece of mesh can save restaurant owners a lot money in plumbing bills over time.
Keep the drain of the rod clean
More often than not, the pipes behind the bar will get clogged. Bartenders push leftover lime wedges, cherry stems, orange peels, and other cocktail-making materials down the drain instead of throwing them in the trash. When flushing out the bar drain, the materials will slide through the holes and cause the piping system to back up.
Managers must train bartenders and bar backs to properly dispose of materials in the trash to avoid deteriorating the plumbing of the bar system. Mesh can also be used here as a simple solution.
Thoroughly clean your fryers
The last area that needs attention is the fryers used in kitchens. These should be pulled out, emptied and cleaned daily. Often times, when the workers pull these fryers out of the wall, the gas lines attached to them can start to come loose. This can become a dangerous situation if the gas lines loosen and start to leak gas into the air. With all the fire and sparks going on in the kitchen, this is one problem you want to avoid.
The employees responsible for cleaning it fryers the correct way to use the machines are taught. They also need to be aware of the dangers associated with the disconnection of the gas lines.
Training staff to properly dispose of food can prevent most plumbing problems. Also educate the employees responsible for the fryers how to clean the machines will alleviate a lot of headaches for the bar owners and also save a lot of money in the long run.