If you own a commercial business, keeping the plumbing in top condition is critical to avoid unnecessary operating interruptions. One of the best things you can do to keep a commercial plumbing system in optimal condition is to keep the drains free of buildup and debris. What’s the most effective way to do that? Schedule routine drain cleaning, preferably on an annual basis.


So which businesses are in greatest need of professional drain cleaning services? The experts at Drain Blaster Bill’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning have the details below.


Commercial Kitchens

Commercial kitchen drains handle a large volume of substances that can easily cause drain clogs. Regardless of how diligently employees dispose of fats, oils, and cooking greases in the proper receptacles, moderate amounts of these substances can end up in the drains.


As fatty substances accumulate inside the drain, they coagulate and harden with exposure to cool temperatures. This results in a sticky mess inside the pipe, which ultimately traps incoming solid particles that flow through the drain. With enough accumulation, a moderate to severe drain clog can form, which can result in a significant interruption in daily operations.


To avoid a kitchen shut down caused by a severe drain clog, restaurants, and other facilities that feature commercial kitchen operations should schedule routine drain cleaning. Recommended cleaning frequency depends on both the kitchen’s daily operational volume and the employees’ commitment to proper debris disposal.


Healthcare Facilities

In hospitals, medical clinics, and other healthcare facilities, sterile conditions are critical for patient safety, treatment, and recovery. As such, maintaining a clean and functional plumbing system is imperative for all healthcare operations. Routine drain cleaning ensures that drains do not become breeding grounds for germs, thereby minimizing the risk of facility-wide water contamination.


Depending on the structure of the facility’s plumbing system, regular service with commercial water jetting or drain snaking can be effective for maintaining clean, clog-free pipes. The optimal frequency for scheduling drain service depends on facility volume and debris disposal practices.  


Fitness Clubs and Recreational Operations

Health clubs and gyms, day-use recreation areas, and public campgrounds all rely on clean, clog-free drains for optimal functionality of bathrooms, showers, locker rooms, and faucets. The drains in these recreational facilities handle high volumes of hair, soap, shampoo, conditioner, and other personal care items that can create ideal conditions for drain clogs.


Backed-up toilets and showers can also interfere with normal facility operation, which is why regular drain cleaning is necessary on an annual basis at the very least. High-volume facilities should also consider scheduling routine camera drain inspections to assess plumbing health and identify minor problems before they grow severe.


Hotels and Other Hospitality Operations

Plumbing systems in hotels, theme parks, and other hospitality operations handle an incredible volume of waste and fluid each day. Patrons may not be concerned about proper disposal of debris, personal care products, and other items that can easily create conditions for a drain clog.


While hospitality operations can attempt to mitigate the formation of drain blockages with posted signage that details proper waste disposal practices, patron education only goes so far. In addition to posted signage, all hospitality facilities should schedule professional drain cleaning on an annual or semi-annual basis, depending on operational volume.


Camera drain inspections and commercial water jetting are the most efficient ways to detect and address developing problems before they grow severe enough to interrupt normal operations.


Educational Facilities

Schools can face challenges maintaining fully functional drains due to frequent bathroom visits by students and cafeteria drainage needs. Students toilets are prone to overflowing due to excessive toilet paper use and flushing of foreign objects while cafeteria employees do not always heed proper waste disposal practices. To maintain a fully functional plumbing system, all educational facilities should schedule drain cleaning annually, if not more often.


Temporary Solutions for Drain Clogs in Commercial Facilities

Sometimes, a drain blockage forms suddenly with little prior indication of a drainage issue. In these instances, using a standard plunger can be an effective, temporary solution for dislodging the blockage and restoring pipe functionality. That said, a plunger cannot clear the blockage from the drain completely, which will allow the clog to eventually re-form further down in the drain.


Commercial facilities may be tempted to use chemical drain cleaners when a blockage threatens to interrupt normal daily operations. While a single use of these chemicals typically doesn’t present a hazard to the plumbing system, continued use of such products can jeopardize the drains.


Because these types of cleaners are highly corrosive, they can damage vulnerable pipes quickly. Exercise caution with these products as they are not recommended by professional drain cleaning specialists.


Routine drain cleaning performed by qualified specialists can significantly reduce or even eliminate the need for temporary drain clearing tactics in any commercial facility.


Schedule Commercial Drain Cleaning With Drain Blaster Bill’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning

If you own or manage a commercial facility in the Twin Cities, regular drain cleaning is essential to maintain a functional plumbing system. At Drain Blaster Bill’s we specialize in highly effective drain cleaning procedures, including commercial water jetting, drain snaking, and camera drain inspections to keep your plumbing system in optimal condition. To request a free estimate or schedule an appointment, call our Stillwater, MN office today at 763-913-8719 or contact us online.