Common Restaurant Plumbing Issues and How to Address Them

It’s the 25th of December. You take your beau to the fancy restaurant across the street for a sweet little Christmas dinner. You’ve paid good money, you’re dressed well, and you’ve bought your beau a present that they’ll love. The restaurant is dimly lit, there’s a nice opera playing, and the aromas are spot on.

You excuse yourself to go to the bathroom, and that’s where your fine dining experience comes to an end. The toilet is leaking, the faucets are dripping and one of the sinks has a pool of murky water in it.

In short, your date is ruined, and you’d probably never want to visit the restaurant again.

Now put yourself in the shoes of the restaurant owner. Is it better to get a leaking faucet repaired or to lose a customer altogether?

Let’s talk about common plumbing issues that restaurant owners might face:

Faulty gas lines

Most restaurants use gas to power the fryers. Even if one of these gas lines malfunctions for a couple of hours, you can’t deliver orders on time and your hungry customers will get annoyed. This is one of the reasons you should get your gas lines maintained, routinely. Whether debris is blocking the gas pipes or there’s grease buildup inside the stove, only a professional service can clean it up properly.

Another major issue with gas lines is that of leaks. Unlike ordinary plumbing leaks, gas leaks are far more dangerous—they can even prove lethal!

By not paying attention to the signs of a gas leak, you’ll not only be putting your business at grave risk, but also the working staff and the customers.

Also, be wary of the signs of a gas leak. If you hear a hissing sound from the gas pipes or a smell that’s similar to rotten eggs, call an emergency plumber immediately. But before that, don’t forget to open up as many windows as you can and evacuate the premises.

Backed up bathrooms

None of us are really fond of public toilets. If there’s anything that immediately throws off a customer, it’s a toilet that isn’t working the right way. If the toilet in your restaurant toilets doesn’t work or is dirty, your customers probably won’t come again—even if the food is top-notch!

At the same time, customers are also hard on restaurant bathrooms and often use them without much concern for cleanliness. As a result, we these toilets back up too often.

Here’s what you can do to avoid the trouble:

  1. Make sure you have proper arrangements for sanitary disposal. If someone flushes one of their feminine products down the drain, the entire sewer line can become backed up.
  2. Avoid paper towels. Install a hand dryer instead. Even if a couple of paper towels are flushed down the toilet, the entire system can suffer.
  3. Never wait for a toilet flush to completely stop working before it’s repaired. Keep on getting toilet fixtures maintained routinely to avoid a fully-fledged plumbing disaster.

Clogged drains

A restaurant dishwasher is used far more actively than the one in your home. When there’s lots of food cooked every day, the dishwasher is subject to loads of grease, food leftovers, animal fat, and a sticky mess. Even if you’re washing it all away, where does it go? Down the drain!

Whoever washes dishes in the kitchen should be told that they’re not allowed to dispose of food using the drain. If the temperature outside drops and pipes become colder than they usually are, all of this grease solidifies and sticks to the walls of the pipes. This will automatically restrict the water flow and after some time, the drain might just stop working altogether.

All it takes to keep your restaurant free of all these plumbing issues is to stay on the top of your plumbing maintenance routine. If you’re based in Fort Worth, Pro Serve Plumbing might be able to help you out. You can read more about our commercial plumbing services online.