What’s the worst thing that can happen during a rush at a restaurant? There are a lot of candidates – like being under-staffed, or running low on staple ingredients – but one of the worst calamities that can befall a restaurant is floor drain blockages. If your floor drain gets blocked up, water and foul-smelling fats, oils, and grease will overflow into the kitchen, leaving your staff sloshing through muck and your customers making a bee-line for the exit – maybe for good. There are a lot of good ways to prevent a blockage and clean out our restaurants pipes, but the best out there may be Hydro-Jetting. If you’re considering Hydro-Jetting, here are 5 helpful facts you need to know.
- Hydro-jet cleaning works by shooting high-pressure water streams to remove build-up in pipes. Water blasters use extreme pressure from 7,000 PSI to 60,000 PSI. Pressure and Flow are the two main factors in how hydro jetting works. For softer materials, higher flows work better. For hardened materials, a higher pressure will better loosen it. Each problem is unique, though, and your vendor will decide the best way to attack your problem.
- High pressure jetting was invented 1950’s. It used to be an expensive process requiring large equipment, but it has progressed, like computers, into an efficient unit that can be operated by a single plumber.
- The pump, engine, hose, and nozzle make up the main components of a hydro-jet. The pump and engine create pressure shooting water through the hose, to small orifices in the nozzle that restricts the water flow. It’s the speed of the water and the volume that loosens buildup and debris. Forward facing jets clears the debris. Rear facing jets flush everything out and propel the hose up the pipe. Rotating nozzles remove grease and roots.
- Hydro-Jets can be used for the lateral pipes and drains. Both are the responsibility of the property owner. Lateral pipes are pipes that connect a building’s drainage system to municipal sewers. Blockages in these pipes can cause expensive pipe collapses. Drains are located under or within the building, and contain “elbows” for wastewater directional changes. Both kinds of pipes can suffer from food grease buildup, soap residue buildup, dirt and debris accumulation.
- Hydro-Jetting contains, captures, filters, and reuses water. This stops harmful wastewater and dangerous contaminants from re-entering the environment. This environmentally-friendly feature is not available with other cleaning abrasives like silica sand.
Are you looking for simpler, cheaper way to deal with your plumbing problems? Contact SLM. By negotiating with vendors in bulk, we can negotiate the best prices for you. And that’s just the start of what we do.