We’re all guilty of allowing excess oil and fat to enter the kitchen drain in our commercial kitchens, but it is time in this age of environmental awareness, to practice proper commercial kitchen waste management, as FOGs can cause some pretty devastating consequences in commercial kitchens.
Nothing can ruin a busy Saturday sales period like the horrors of a blocked drain, slowing down that all-important service schedule and ripping chaos throughout the kitchen.
It doesn’t take long for a small blockage to escalate into a wider scale problem, such as leakages, electrical damage and overflows. These can all be very costly to a business and could even lead to business closure.
Fortunately, here at Quintex, we are experts in preventing drain blockages, so we can help you keep your kitchens running smoothly. We have compiled five of the key alterations you can make to your daily routine to prevent blockages downstream.
It is of utmost importance to maintain proper cleanliness and hygiene in any kitchen environment. One essential practice in this regard is to clear food wastage into the appropriate disposal units before placing dishware into the sinks. Neglecting this step could potentially lead to drains overflowing, which not only creates an unsightly mess but also poses a significant sanitation concern. By adhering to this practice, you ensure that your kitchen remains clean and free from clogged drains, which can be both inconvenient and costly to resolve.
Another crucial aspect of kitchen waste management is the proper disposal of waste cooking oil. It is imperative to use suitable containers for this purpose and establish a regular schedule for a licensed waste contractor to collect the oil. Failing to do so not only risks environmental harm but can also result in the clogging of pipes and drainage systems. Responsible disposal of waste cooking oil not only maintains the cleanliness of your kitchen but also contributes to eco-friendliness and adheres to regulatory guidelines.
To prevent the inadvertent accumulation of waste in your kitchen sinks, it is advisable to place strainers over all drains. These strainers play a pivotal role in collecting any accidental waste that may find its way into the sink, such as small food particles and debris. To ensure the effective functioning of this measure, it is essential to clear out these strainers frequently. By doing so, you maintain optimal drainage efficiency and minimize the likelihood of blockages.
Grease and oil are notorious for causing blockages and obstructions in drainage systems. Therefore, it is a best practice to avoid putting greasy or oily dishware directly into sinks without first wiping and cleaning the items with grease-combating soap. This simple step significantly reduces the amount of grease that enters the drainage system and helps to prevent the accumulation of residue that can lead to clogs. By adopting this precautionary measure, you safeguard the functionality of your kitchen’s plumbing and drainage.
Regular maintenance is essential to prevent the build-up of debris and blockages in your kitchen drains. One effective way to tackle these issues is to use drain treatments on a frequent basis. These treatments are specifically designed to break down and eliminate substances that can accumulate and obstruct drainage over time. By incorporating this routine into your kitchen maintenance, you ensure the continued efficiency of your drains, reducing the risk of unexpected blockages and the associated inconveniences.
By following these tips, you can reduce drain blockages significantly. However, in a busy environment, these steps can become harder to stick to.
This is why we have developed our outstanding Grease management System, Biofix, to keep drains happy and healthy. Biofix is designed to consume any unwanted drain FOGs; the solution is completely non-toxic and perfect for any food environment.
Let us stop drain blockages for good!