In 2015, there was a total of 3,112 eating and drinking place locations in Maine according to the Maine Restaurant Association. A couple years later, that number is expected to be even higher.
With all of these dining locations, there is one common theme: they all have bathrooms, which means they are all inevitably going to have problems with it just like your home. For that reason, it is important to know ways of preventing the common plumbing issues your restaurant might experience. Here are the list of five common restaurant plumbing issues and how to prevent them.
This is the big one, since restaurant toilets can be a pain. It’s vital to your business to have a clean and working bathroom for patrons to use while they are at your restaurant. If your bathrooms are disgusting, it will deter customers from coming back. Making sure your customers aren’t abusing your toilets by posting a sign of what can and can’t go down the toilet can help.
As for the back of the house, clogged kitchen drains happen quite often when it comes to the restaurant business due to your use of commercial dishwasher. As manager, make sure the workers using the sink know what they are doing when it comes to the sink, possibly stopping a clog before it happens. Things like oil, butter, and grease traps your drain, so they shouldn’t go down it. They should also know that the sink shouldn’t be used as a garbage disposal, like maybe they might do at their home.
Also in the back of the house, the gas lines that connect to utilities like stoves and fryers also need to be maintained. It is your job as a manager or supervisor to manage these gas lines, and to ensure they are safe to use. We suggest getting one of our experts in once a year for an annual examination of the lines. Use of unmaintained gas lines could lead to a dangerous work environment for your employees and customers.