In a residential setting, drain problems are inconvenient, annoying even. But in a commercial setting? Those same issues can affect the way your entire workday operates depending on their severity. At Drain Blaster Bill’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning, we know drain problems can have a substantial impact on your business, especially if they’re recurrent. Below, we’re discussing a few of the most common commercial drain problems we see, and how building owners can solve them for good.
You never know what your patrons and staff are flushing down your toilets — until one or more of them back up, that is. Unlike clogged household toilets — which typically result from too much toilet paper or an excess of human waste — clogged commercial toilets almost always result from people flushing items they’re not supposed to flush.
Fortunately, this is a simple issue to remedy, it just takes a bit of diligence, both on your part and that of your patrons and employees. First, consider posting signs in restroom stalls outlining the items that can and cannot be flushed. As well, consider implementing small, in-stall trash cans so people can easily toss out anything that shouldn’t go down the toilet.
If the issue persists, your building’s plumbing may have a significant drain issue, which you’ll need to have examined through a professional camera drain inspection. A drain cleaning technician can quickly locate the source of persistent clogs and eradicate them using a commercial water jetting procedure.
Inadequate facilities — meaning the toilets aren’t designed to handle the volume they see — may also be an issue, especially if the toilets in your building are aged or low-flow models. If you suspect the toilets themselves are causing the issue, contact a plumber for an inspection and advice on your best course of action.
Persistent Drain Clogs
Restaurants, in particular, are prone to recurrent drain clogs, especially in the kitchen area. These clogs are typically due to grease, oil, and food matter repeatedly entering the drains over an extended period. Though commercial drains are designed to handle more volume than their residential counterparts, no drain is designed to accommodate oil or food matter. Why?
Because these items can quickly coagulate within pipes, they form a sticky, sludgy mass that traps incoming grease and food as it passes by. It doesn’t take long for slow drains to develop when they’re coated in gunk, which means staff must be diligent about disposing of waste in the appropriate locations.
To determine the severity of an existing slow drain or complete clog, contact a professional drain cleaner for a camera drain inspection. Your drains may also require commercial water jetting, a highly effective treatment for removing significant drain buildup. By having your staff practice proper waste disposal, the results of the procedure can last indefinitely.
Foul Smelling Drains
In commercial buildings, drains that see infrequent use may develop foul odors over time. That’s because each of the drains in your building contains a U-shaped pipe below the fixture called a P-trap.
This trap is designed to contain a small amount of water to prevent sewer odors from wafting up through the pipes. However, when a drain sees little use, that water gradually evaporates, which allows those foul odors to travel into your building. To prevent this issue from occurring, simply ensure you run water into all the drains throughout your building on a routine basis.
In some cases, foul drain odors are due to a backup in the main sewer line. If running water into each drain fails to eradicate the offputting stench, professional drain cleaning is usually necessary. Through a camera drain inspection, a drain cleaning technician can locate existing mainline clogs and effectively eliminate them using a high-powered water jetting procedure.
Poor Water Pressure
Water pressure issues in commercial buildings are typically due to one of two problems: Excess buildup within the pipes or silent pipe leaks. In both cases, a professional camera drain inspection is necessary to locate the source of the issue.
If pipe sludge is causing the water flow to diminish, drain cleaning is the next logical step. If, however, your plumbing contains one or more leaks, you’ll need to contact a plumber who can inspect and repair the problem. In many cases, both drain cleaning and pipe repair are necessary, and together, they typically deliver the longest-lasting results.
Need Professional Drain Cleaning in the Twin Cities? Contact Drain Blaster Bill’s
At Drain Blaster Bill, we know drain cleaning because that’s literally all we do. From camera drain inspections and routine pipe cleaning to professional water jetting and mainline sewer cleaning, if your building’s plumbing has a buildup problem, we can solve it. When you need quality service you can trust, we’re the team to call.
To learn more about our services or to request your free estimate, give our team a call at 763-913-8719. You can also get in touch with us via our contact page, and a member of our team will reach out to you promptly.