If you own or manage a commercial building, you know your facility’s plumbing system sees heavy use on a daily basis. And with all that action, it can often be a challenge to maintain clean, fully functional drains.


At Drain Blaster Bill’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning, we understand building owners can’t always control the way employees and customers use their drains. Unfortunately, a lack of user concern over potential drain blockages often leads to either isolated or building-wide plumbing problems, which can put a wrench in daily operations. 


Fortunately, such issues are often easily remedied with simple drain cleaning rather than plumbing repair. Before you attempt a DIY fix or call in the pros, take a minute to read through the following frequently asked questions about commercial drain cleaning.  


What’s the Difference Between Commercial and Household Drain Cleaning?

Many professional drain cleaning companies offer both residential and commercial drain cleaning to meet the needs of a variety of customers. Because residential drains see far less use than the average commercial plumbing system, household drain cleaning is typically not as involved as the commercial variety.


Depending on the severity of the blockage in a commercial drain, a technician will usually rely on a cleaning method known as water jetting. This comprehensive drain cleaning technique is designed to remove any blockage (even tree roots) and all forms of buildup from within a building’s plumbing.


Though water jetting is also highly effective for residential drains, it’s not as frequently applied to household plumbing systems. Because drain clogs within residential plumbing are typically less severe than commercial drain clogs, less intense cleaning methods, such as drain snaking, usually suffice. 


Is It Okay To Use Commercial Drain Cleaning Products on Industrial Pipes?

Want the short answer? We don’t recommend it. Regardless of the type of plumbing or the severity of the clog you need to tackle, using commercial drain cleaning products is never your best option.


Commercial drain cleaning solutions — save enzymatic cleaners — contain highly caustic chemicals that are intended to dissolve blockages and buildup within a building’s pipes. But clogs and pipe gunk aren’t the only things chemical products will dissolve. With repeated application, chemical drain cleaners can actually deteriorate your building’s plumbing system.


As a result, you may experience minor to moderate plumbing leaks, or, worse, if you’re unaware of the deterioration, the problem may progress to full-blown burst pipes. This is especially true if you own an older building with a decades-old plumbing system that has already experienced some degree of deterioration. 


What Are Some Ways I Can Help Prevent Drain Clogs in My Building?

Because commercial drains see a great deal of use, they require more diligent maintenance than household drains. As such, it’s always a good idea to inform your employees and customers on appropriate drain usage, which you can do by posting notices near heavily used drains. Create easy-to-read signs and post them in highly visible areas. Be sure to detail the following:


●        Items that should never be flushed down toilets

●        Substances that should not be washed down sink drains

●        Substances that do not belong in floor drains


In addition to your posted signs, take the time to educate staff members on appropriate drain maintenance techniques and the frequency with which they should be applied. These include:


●        Cleaning grease traps on a regular schedule

●        Thoroughly flushing kitchen drains with hot water

●        Emptying and inspecting drain traps regularly, if applicable

●        Applying degreaser as necessary, if applicable


How Does a Professional Handle Severe Drain Clogs in Commercial Buildings?

When a building has one or more severe drain clogs, including those caused by tree root intrusions — professional drain cleaners tackle the job with commercial water jetting.


Water jetting is a comprehensive drain cleaning procedure designed to completely eliminate drain blockages and any buildup along the interior walls of the affected pipes. Even better, unlike other cleaning methods, water jetting is specifically designed to provide maximum efficacy while keeping your building’s pipes fully intact.


The procedure typically involves a camera drain inspection to locate the blockage and determine its severity. Once located, the technician will remove the offending clog by inserting an industrial hose into the affected drain and pumping water through the pipe at extremely high pressure.


Depending on the severity of the clog, abrasive (yet non-damaging!) materials may be added to the water to ensure the blockage breaks apart. The high-powered jet naturally flushes all debris through the length of the pipe, so no additional cleaning is required.


Will Drain Cleaning Interrupt My Business Operations?

In all honesty, that depends on the nature of your business and the severity of the clog. At Drain Blaster Bill’s, we do our best to make commercial drain cleaning as quick and convenient as possible.


We understand how critical properly functioning drains are for your day-to-day business operations. That’s why we employ the most advanced, effective drain cleaning methods available.


Does Your Building Have Slow Drains? Contact Drain Blaster Bill’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning

Whether your commercial drains are completely blocked or they’re operating slower than usual, get in touch with our team at Drain Blaster Bill’s. We specialize in multiple forms of commercial drain cleaning to ensure your building’s plumbing system remains clean and fully functional. If necessary, we can also schedule same-day service for your convenience. To request a free service estimate or learn more about what we offer, call our Stillwater, MN office at 763-913-8719 or contact us today.