Talking About Crawlspace Repairs

Save Your System: Staff Restroom And Sink Use Affects Your Entire Facility

by Clinton Stone

Industrial plumbing carries with it the impression that it is sturdy and meant to undergo a lot of stress, but even the best industrial plumbing can experience hiccups if all of the plumbing in the facility isn't treated correctly. There is also the mistaken idea that plumbing in a commercial or industrial setting is somehow better able to handle things that residential plumbing is not, which often leads to mishaps and angry memos to staff. Keep the plumbing in your facility working well by reminding your staff of some important truths.

No Lunch Fats

It doesn't matter how far away the office kitchen sink is from the factory faucets; anything that goes down the kitchen sink can end up clogging the main drains. Most of the drain pipes in the building will lead to the same outlets to the sewer, so what goes down one drain has the potential to affect all of the pipes.

Tell people not to put things down the drain like peanut butter stuck on a knife, those puddles of olive oil that remain after the salad is done, butter remnants stuck on plates, and more. Those fats may slide down the kitchen drain, but further on down the line they can congeal and clog everything. And the last thing your facility needs is sewer water backing up into all of the basins and wash areas, especially around both people and equipment.

Tell everyone to wipe down plates and utensils before rinsing and washing them. That's the only way to safely remove the fatty remnants of food from dishes.

Assume the Toilets Are Fragile

Another problem is that people think those strong-flushing office restroom toilets are tough, but they can often clog more easily than residential toilets because of the sheer amount of use and material going down those drains. Feminine hygiene products need to be thrown away in separate bins, and no one should be throwing tissues or napkins down the toilets. Those do not disintegrate as easily as toilet paper does, leading to a clog deep in the line -- and if the clog happens far enough away from the point of origin, the clog could affect multiple toilets and sinks.

These look like such commonsense things to do (or not do), but in the industrial setting, people forget that they are dealing with a system that handles way more than their houses do. No matter how tough the plumbing appears to be, it can still be overwhelmed. Treat the plumbing well, and it will last a lot longer than you could hope.

If it appears someone has managed to create a clog in the line, contact a plumbing company, like Cool Air Mechanical, Inc., with experience in industrial repairs. It shouldn't take long to clear up the clog, and your facility will be back on track quickly.