Commercial & Industrial Drain Cleaning
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Hulsey Environmental Services, Inc. provides the most experienced drain cleaning and plumbing services in North Georgia. For over 97 years, our fully licensed staff has provided commercial businesses with a thorough drain treatment and excellent customer service.
We’re happy to meet with you to evaluate your drainage system’s current condition, and provide you with our recommendations on a Preventative Maintenance Plan that is customized to the needs of your business, to ensure that those business-stopping blockages don’t happen in the first place!
Disasters occur when drain lines are not cleaned regularly. By having Hulsey clean your drain lines on a regular basis, costly back-ups can be avoided.
This means you can attend to what you do best… your business!
Whether your business is a restaurant, a hotel, a school, a hospital or any other type of business, Hulsey Environmental Services is ready, willing and able to professionally maintain your drainage system.
Regardless of your industry, or the type of clog, Hulsey can quickly get your business back in the flow!
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One of the most common causes of clogged floor drains is mop water, which contains a substantial amount of contaminants. With weekly and even daily mopping of floors in restaurants, warehouses and storage facilities, sludge and solids can accumulate over time and eventually cause a drain clog. Manufacturing floors can also see a large build-up of discarded scraps and packaging material, much of which will eventually find its way down the floor drains. Consistent, periodic maintenance is recommended to keep drains in their optimal operating condition.
Restaurants and commercial kitchens face unique challenges in drain cleaning. In addition to common blockages like dirt, tree roots, etc. these kitchens also have fat, oil and grease drainage, compounding problem build-ups. It is very important for staff in commercial kitchens to pay attention to the functioning of their drainage systems. In fact, it is not uncommon for commercial kitchens to perform prophylactic drain cleaning to prevent clogs before they happen.
Kitchen floor drains get dirty over time when dust, food, fat, oil, grease, and debris enter the drains along with dirty water. Also, sinks often overflow, resulting in more contaminants being forced down floor drains. This environment causes bacteria growth and corrosion, emphasizing the need for routine drain cleaning.
One of the most common causes of clogged floor drains is mop water, which contains a substantial amount of contaminants. With weekly and even daily mopping of floors in some warehouses and storage facilities, sludge and solids can accumulate over time and eventually cause a drain clog. Manufacturing floors can also see a large build-up of discarded scraps and packaging material, much of which will eventually find its way down the floor drains. Consistent, periodic maintenance is recommended to keep drains in their optimal operating condition.
Livery cleaning services, dry cleaners and coin-operated laundries produce an extremely high volume of liquids that contain soaps, chemicals, hair and other random solids, all of which place high demands on a drainage system. The cost of a blockage, both in terms of financial costs and customer service, can be enormous. So proper preventative maintenance of these drainage systems is critical.
Health and fitness clubs, campgrounds and day-use recreation areas require properly functioning sink and floor drains for dependable operation of showers, bathrooms, locker rooms and outdoor faucets. The combination of dirt, hair, sand, food, mop water and soap create ideal conditions for a drain clog. Also consider that urinals and toilets can back up and introduce human waste and unsanitary bacteria into the floor drain.
Hospitals and many medical facilities require the professional use of a cable auger to ensure proper drain cleaning. Sterile conditions in hospitals are critical to the success of patient treatment and recovery. For this reason, drain cleaning is important in any hospital maintenance plan. Regular monitoring and remediation of drain problems is a necessity to head off any blockage problems. Drain cleaning ensures that stagnant water, a breeding ground for germs and water contamination, is minimized.
Drain cleaning will eliminate flushed materials, tree roots, and deposit buildup from the drainage system. These blockages often lead to slow-draining drains, and may ultimately result in flooding. Both can be remedied through regular drain cleaning maintenance, restoring the flow of water.
Hotels’ drain systems experience a high volume of activity, which increases the likelihood that blockage issues will arise. Repeated maximization of drain capacity puts a strain on the system; increasing the possibility that flooding and/or poor drainage may occur. Therefore, it is critical that hotel staff have a preemptive drain cleaning program.
Drain cleaning must be done often before flooding occurs and damages carpets, floors, and ceilings. Another area of concern for many hotels is the basement. Here, there are usually many storage areas, water heaters, laundry services and central air conditioners. Drain cleaning can prevent the buildup of large quantities of lint and bacteria that crystallize in the long drainpipe located in the basement.
Schools also face unique challenges in maintaining optimum drainage capacity. Frequent bathroom visits by students, as well as cafeterias’ drainage needs, demand a well-operating drainage system, ensured by frequent drain cleaning. Student toilets often overflow due to over-stuffing, flushing of foreign objects, and running water. Quick drain cleaning fixes like plunging are not a long-term solution. The use of chemical drain cleaning is also not practical for an environment used mostly by children.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should commercial drains be cleaned?
Many commercial plumbing problems can be avoided through regular preventative care. Depending on the nature of your business, we recommend having your drains cleaned every 1-3 months. By having your commercial drains cleaned on a regularly scheduled basis, you can largely mitigate the risk for clogs and other commercial drain problems.
How quickly grease, food products or other types of materials build up within drain pipes depends on the nature of your business (for example, a small office with a small number of employees and only one or two restrooms will need drain cleaning far less often than a restaurant or school).
What can I do to prevent blockages in my drains?
NEVER pour grease down a drain, whether inside your business, or outside your business. Grease should always be disposed of in an approved grease disposal container. Restaurants, cafeterias and many other commercial and industrial businesses which produce certain types of waste (such as grease and used cooking oil are required by state and local mandates to use grease traps and other interceptors which will prevent hazardous and problem materials and waste from entering drainage and sewer systems.
Make sure your grease traps are properly cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Grease traps, which are intended to keep grease and foreign materials from clogging your drains, can themselves become clogged and malfunction if not properly maintained. Hulsey provides reliable installation and maintenance services for both interior and exterior grease traps and interceptors.
Filter used cooking oil to prolong longevity, and recycle used oil. By cleaning and re-using oil, the amount of oil that gets discarded can be reduced.
Use disposable paper towels instead of washable cloth towels when wiping down workstations or counter-tops. Cloth rags can soak up and trap grease, which will get rinsed out and filter down the drain when the rag is washed. Disposable paper towels can absorb FOG just as easily, and don’t need to be washed afterward. Just toss them into the trash.
If blocked drains become a problem, you may need to get a professional drainage expert out to pinpoint the cause and alleviate the blockage. There are certain techniques a drainage expert will use, including using video inspection to look inside hard to reach drains to see what has blocked the flow of water. Hulsey can also advise you of what to do in future to prevent this from happening again.
Are liquid and chemical drain cleaners safe and do they work?
Liquid drain cleaners seem like a bargain and a quick solution when a drain backs up. Don’t fall for it.
Here are four reasons we recommend you NOT use chemical and liquid drain cleaners:
- The chemicals in commercial drain cleaners, particularly the off-brand and inexpensive varieties, have high toxicity levels. The fumes aren’t healthy to inhale, and will sting and irritate your nose and eyes. These fumes hang around wherever the chemical was used, long after it goes down the drain.
- The chemicals in these cleaners can damage pipes while supposedly “cleaning” them. The principle chemical in commercial cleaning solutions is hydrochloric acid, which works to corrode your pipes as it sits in them. These powerful chemicals can also remove enamel from fixtures and finishes.
- These chemicals are bad for the environment. The residue left in bottles ends up in landfills, and can enter the water, poisoning fish, and other wildlife.
- They may not even work. Drains sometimes back up because of trouble in the sewer line, or because of broken pipes. Dumping chemicals down a drain won’t fix these problems, and you will still have all the above issues as well.
When you experience a drain or plumbing blockage in your business, get the right kind of help FAST! Call Hulsey Environmental. We’ll locate your problem and remove the blockage fast, and without damaging your drains and plumbing system.
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