Drains that are not properly cleaned or maintained may become a breeding ground for pests, such as flies and cockroaches, which is a food safety and public health concern and affects customer sales.
It’s critical to clean your drains thoroughly every week. Dirty drains provide a food source for flies, as well as promote the development of hazardous bacteria that may lead to disease and, in extreme circumstances, death. When flies come into touch with food or surfaces contaminated with germs, they can pass on those pathogens.
Due to drain recesses (e.g., under the drain plate), routine drain cleaning might be tough, which is why many eateries and food retailers hire pest control companies to perform bioremediation services including drain treatments and foaming applications that are effective in decreasing fly breeding and feeding sources every month.
However, anyone can accomplish thorough drain cleaning as long as they have the proper equipment and some elbow work.
You’ll need the following items:
- A bucket
- A screwdriver
- A stiff-bristled brush
- Rubber gloves
- A drain cleaner that includes a restaurant or food store on the label
Make sure to familiarize yourself with your organization’s policies and best practices before getting started. A firm may, for example, demand that drain cleaning is completed before food equipment is cleaned.
Follow These Simple Instructions
Step 1- In a plastic bucket, follow the mixing instructions to prepare your cleaning solution.
Step 2- Remove the drain grate, if necessary. Put it in the cleaner bucket.
Step 3- To clean the drain, use a drain brush and drain cleaner, paying attention to avoid splattering (a containment device can be made or purchased to assist with this). Brush and clean the funnel of the drain as well as the rim beneath it.
Step 4- Remove the drain grate from the bucket after it’s clean, and clean it with the drain brush. Again, be cautious not to spatter. Set the drain grate over the sink drain.
Step 5- Pour down the drain any remaining drain cleaner, then run three to five gallons of clear water through the drain.
Don’t Forget This
Dry drains are drains that aren’t used regularly and don’t have water in the p-trap to block sewer gases and pests from entering the location. If you look down the drain with a flashlight and don’t see water (and you smell sewer gases), you’re probably dealing with a dry drain. Pour three to five gallons of water down the drain once a week to cleanse the clogged drains and refill the p-trap. Broken or damaged plumbing can cause dry drains (e.g., as in this example, where there is an issue with our website). A plumber must replace the damaged pipes in this situation.