How Often Should You Clean Your Commercial Drain?

How Often Should You Clean Your Commercial Drain?

Plumbing is one of the most important areas for maintenance in any commercial property. That’s because clogged or leaking drains can seriously disrupt your business and even put the health of your staff and customers at risk.

So, routinely clearing drains and scheduling regular commercial drain and sewer cleaning is vital.

How often should you clean your drains?

The frequency of commercial drain cleaning should depend on the volume of materials your drains receive. If your business involves food processing or heavily uses grease traps and floor drains, you’ll want to deep clean your plumbing system more often.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to clean your drains twice a year. This is true for both commercial and industrial drain cleaning. By sticking to a cleaning schedule, you can prevent clogs and leaks while keeping the costs of maintenance low.

Of course, if you have a plumbing emergency, you need to call a specialist immediately for same-day repair. Our highly trained plumbing technicians are available 24/7 all year round for fast and effective emergency plumbing repair in the Kansas City metro area.

Why is it important to schedule commercial drain cleaning?

Since your plumbing system is hidden within the walls and floors of your property, it’s easy to forget about it. In fact, months or even years can go by without encountering a drainage problem, so you might be tempted to skip regular commercial drain cleaning. But once a clog or leak appears, the consequences mount quickly.

Just one clog in your main sewer line can back up your entire plumbing system. This puts everyone in your building at risk of biohazard exposure, meaning you’ll need to shut down your business immediately until the problem is fixed. Clearing drains after a blockage forms can be costly and time consuming, and your negligence can seriously harm your reputation.

Rather than deal with an unexpected plumbing catastrophe, simply mark two dates on your calendar six months apart for regular commercial drain and sewer cleaning. Then, contact a local plumbing expert like DMC Service to get yourself scheduled in.

What to expect during commercial drain cleaning

There are plenty of plumbing maintenance tips you can follow to help prevent clogs and leaks, some of which we’ll discuss below. But while these slow the buildup of debris, commercial drain cleaning uses high-powered tools to completely eliminate all traces of residue from inside your plumbing system. This kind of professional cleaning is significantly more effective and will save you plenty of money in the long run by extending your system’s lifespan.

A commercial drain and sewer cleaning session might include:

  • Drain snaking: A drain snake, also called a drain auger, is a long flexible metal rod designed to break up minor blockages. Your specialist feeds this into the drain pipe opening until it reaches the blockage, then uses it to break the blockage apart.
  • Water jetting: Also known as hydro-jetting, this highly effective process involves blasting a high-pressure stream of water directly into your drain pipes. As well as completely clearing stubborn residue buildup, it’s powerful enough to cut through tree roots and other obstructions without damaging your system. Water jetting is the most effective method for clearing drains and keeps them at peak performance for as long as possible.
  • Camera drain inspection: Your plumbing specialist uses a high-definition waterproof camera attached to a long, flexible rod to examine the inside of your plumbing system. This lets them identify clogs and leaks as well as spot growing problems that might cause trouble down the line. With this information, they can choose the best course of action for cleaning your plumbing system.

Tips for maintaining your commercial plumbing system

While it’s important to schedule professional commercial drain cleaning at least twice a year, that doesn’t mean you can skip out on regular drain and sewer maintenance. Here are a few easy tips you can follow to help prevent unexpected plumbing failures and emergencies:

  • Once a month, run hot water through all of your taps at the same time for around 15 minutes. This softens and flushes out loose debris and clogged material
  • Put up signs near all drains and toilets detailing proper waste disposal. Make sure nobody ever flushes trash down the drain. (And remember, flushable wipes are NOT flushable!)
  • Supply single-ply toilet paper. This breaks down much faster in water, helping to prevent clogs.
  • Install toilets with a high-volume flush. This ensures all solids are properly forced through your drainage system.
  • Clean grease traps on a regular basis to stop oils and fats entering your plumbing system.
  • Install drain covers to keep large particles and debris from making their way into your drains.

Schedule commercial drain cleaning with DMC Service today

Taking five minutes out of your day to schedule plumbing maintenance lets you avoid unexpected closures, expensive repairs, and potential health hazards. So get in touch with DMC Service now to arrange commercial drain cleaning from an experienced and trusted local professional.

DMC Service Team

Founded in 2004, DMC Service, Inc. is proud of our decades-plus service to the Kansas City Metro and beyond. Based out of Olathe, we are a 100% woman-owned business with Karen Crnkovich at the helm as President and “Chief Hand-Shaker.” Karen leads the DMC Service team with unwavering passion and enthusiasm to fulfill our purpose: To keep people comfortable, safe and healthy.