Nov 21

Drain Cleaner

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When catering establishments, or indeed any business premises suffer from a blocked drain, the disruption caused is never anything short of inconvenient and quite often downright disasterous. Often flooding can occur. Calling out a plumber will not be cheap. Is there anything else that can be done to stop this happening?

Many caterers are aware of the cost and environmenal damage caused by blocked drains. Over time, fatty deposits and oils which have been poured down sinks start to line the walls of the drainpipes and sewers.  Eventually these become inoperative and blockages occur. There is also the danger of pollution should this waste reach streams and rivers.

When you wash out a greasy pan or cooking utensil in warm water the problem is hardly noticeable. The fats and oils will have turned to liquid. However, as it cools and makes its way down your drainage system it hardens. Imagine a busy take away or restaurant where large quantities of liquids are poured down the sinks each day.

Every year in the UK we spend millions of pounds in clearing blockages which normally involves the call out fees of a local plumber or drainage contractor.  Much of the time this can actually be avoided. Staff training in appropriate cleaning methods can mimimise the risk of blockages. If cooking utensils and crockery are prepared properly before washing then waste will not end up going down the sink. Simple procedures such as having strainers or sieves in the sink will help.

Food macerators are popular in the USA and becoming increasingly popular here in the UK. Despite all the hype around the convenience and effectiveness of these units it must be remembered that all they really do is chop and grind food into small bits which then goes staight down the drain, along with any fats or grease. UK best practice frowns upon this and is clear in its advice not to instal them.

There are essentially two ways in which you can avoid problems and having to call out a plumber regularly. The first is to use a grease trap or a grease interceptor. These units are specially designed for drainpipes and they seperate the fat and grease from the waste water. So long as they are correctly installed and well serviced and maintained they will help prevent drainage problems. You will need to keep a written record of maintenance as part of your hygiene control procedures.

Enzyme dosing systems are also effective where used appropriately. Special bacteria produce the enzymes which treat fat and grease in the drains. They can be used in conjunction with grease traps.

A company called Chemex produce a product called Bio GD which is a blend of microbes that release a continuous and renewable supply of highly active enzymes into the water flow that help digest and degrade fats and grease. The Bio GD is fed into the drainage system by dosing equipment through a fully automatic pump which is very efficient and effective and which can be set to operate every night when the premises are closed.

Bio GD is one of the most popular Chemex products, used extensively across the UK by catering establishments, nursing homes and food processing plants. The system elminates blockages and odours, reduces the need for hazardous chemicals and will probably save you a fortune in plumbing bills.

Based in the West Midlands the company has a national network of advisors who can provide more detailed information locally. They advertise the product as the obvious solution fo drainage maintenance.

Solutions for a blocked drain

Solutions for a blocked drain

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