Commercial kitchens come in many different shapes and sizes. From small restaurant kitchens to mall food kiosks to huge casino kitchens, the design of commercial kitchens is extremely complex in nature. The most important part of owning and operating a commercial kitchen is making sure that everything is compliant with commercial kitchen codes. Every commercial kitchen, because of how many variables are involved in their design, has a different set of requirements. If you want to ensure that all plumbing work done in your commercial kitchen is up to code, enlist our Tacoma plumbers at Harts Services. We are licensed and trained to service all commercial kitchens according to industry standards and the latest building codes. We respond quickly and efficiently to ensure minimal or no interruption to business productivity.
Requirements to Keep in Mind for Commercial Kitchens
Whether you’re building a new commercial kitchen or remodeling your existing one, having a Tacoma plumber to assist you is beneficial. At Harts Services, our team can help ensure that you meet all commercial requirements of the Washington building codes.
Below are some important things to keep in mind:
- Venting requirements for sanitary drainage.
- Indirect waste requirements from food preparation and dishwashing sinks.
- Grease interceptor sizing requirements and location.
- What was allowed to, or required to, route to the grease interceptor.
- The height of the floor sink above the floor. (Some jurisdictions want floor sinks flush with the floor; others want them as much as four inches above the floor.)
- Some state health departments had water heater sizing requirements for food service establishments that greatly increased the storage and energy input requirements for water heaters
- Food waste grinder discharge requirements (through the interceptor via a solids interceptor or bypass the interceptor).
- The number of hand wash sinks or the travel distance to hand wash sinks.
- The location of employee restroom facilities.
- Backflow prevention requirements for various pieces of food service equipment.
- Floor drain requirements.
- Water temperature requirements.
- The location of adjacent site utilities, including the domestic water size and pressure as well as sewer size and invert elevations.
Commonly Seen Problems in Commercial Kitchens
If a plumbing system is well-installed it should not require a whole lot of time or attention. This being said, no plumbing system should ever be completely ignored either.
A check up, along with some minor upkeep every few months will help sustain the life of your plumbing system, as well as prevent any potential catastrophes. You never want to wait until it's too late before getting your system checked out.
The most commonly seen problem in commercial kitchens is clogged drains. There are many reasons a drain might clog in a commercial kitchen setting.
- Food debris
- Grease clogs
- Foreign objects in general
Typically you can get ahead of commercial kitchen clogs through employee training, but people are human and mistakes are made.
Are Grease Clogs Halting Productivity? Call Us!
If you have a major clog in your kitchen, grease is usually the culprit. A grease trap can help prevent this, but only if regularly cleaned. A regular cleanout of your grease trap should be done every two to four months depending on your restaurant's volume.
The best way to prevent grease clogs is to get your grease lines jetted out at least once a year. Jetting your lines means using a high powered jet of water to spray out the inside of the pipes. Here at Harts Services, our Tacoma commercial kitchen plumbers are equipped with two different hydro jetters that can accomplish this easily.
Top Quality Pipe Repair & Replacement Services
Corrosion can cause pipes of all different kinds to clog or even worse, fail entirely. As anyone in the restaurant business knows, there is never a convenient time for a clogged line. The most common cause of corrosion is when materials like salt or chlorine regularly come into contact with your plumbing. Ultimately you can prevent plumbing problems by watching closely what goes down your drains as well as checking your water lines and joints for cracks or holes. If you want to be sure that your pipes are corroded, keep an eye out for signs such as water discoloration, water that has a strange taste as well as flakes floating in your water. Our Tacoma plumbers can come to your location and repair or replace your corroded pipes. We have lightning fast response times and provide superior workmanship.
Harts Services is looking forward to helping you with your commercial kitchen! Call (253) 331-1206 today to schedule a service.