If your business is part of Seattle’s amazing culinary scene, it’s important to understand the role of grease traps in commercial kitchens. Fortunately, Best Plumbing Seattle is here to explain everything you need to know. The large amount of fat, oil, and grease (often called “FOG”) generated by restaurants can clog drains and wastewater systems. For this reason, local government requires that commercial kitchens install grease traps — also called grease interceptors. Located between the business’ drain and the main sewer line, the traps filter out FOG for easy collection and disposal. This helps prevent problematic levels of FOG from reaching the municipal wastewater system.
Grease traps intercept and filters out the FOG while allowing the remaining water to pass through to the wastewater system. They work by slowing the movement of (and thereby cooling) the water in the drain. Water and FOG do not mix, so as both begin to cool, the FOG coagulates on the water’s surface where it is easier to skim off and remove.
You can be fined if your grease traps are not working correctly. This generally happens when FOG build up in the traps over time, decreasing their effectiveness. One preventative step your business can take is instructing employees to throw away fat, oil, and grease into the garbage instead of washing it down the drain. You can also schedule a regular cleaning for your grease traps to remove build up before it becomes a problem
Best Plumbing Seattle offers a variety of services to ensure your grease traps function properly and meet government guidelines. In addition to grease traps, we provide regularly scheduled plumbing maintenance and repairs. Whether you are a new or long-time commercial food establishment, our expert team can help you manage your plumbing needs. Visit our website to learn more about our plumbing services or call us at (206) 785-2360!
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Do you have a bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor faucet that seems to be suffering from low water pressure? Best Plumbing is here to help! Fortunately, low water pressure is usually a minor issue that can be solved without extensive plumbing work. The real trick is to identify the reason for the low pressure, since there may be many possible causes. Here are a few common situations that can cause low water pressure in Seattle and Bellevue homes:
Build up of sediment can clog your pipes and/or slow the flow of water to a particular faucet. If this is the case, it will usually only affect a single faucet, and a simple pipe cleaning should resolve the problem. If you have noticed low water pressure in multiple areas of your home, it is likely a different issue.
If you’ve noticed a sudden or dramatic drop in water pressure, it could have been caused by a leaking pipe. A plumber will be able to examine your home for signs of a water leak, and if necessary, will be able to repair or replace the affected pipe.
A damaged or faulty faucet can also cause low water pressure. If the internal parts no longer function properly, the valves may not fully open. In that case, the flow of water would be partially blocked, resulting in lower pressure. In this situation, it is best to have a plumber replace your faucet completely.
If you notice occasional low water pressure from one or more of your faucets, consider how many water sources are in use at that time. In some homes, water pressure may be reduced when water is being used in multiple locations (showers, sinks, washing machines, dishwashers) simultaneously. If this is an ongoing issue, you can always consider enlarging your home’s main water pipes to help increase the water pressure.
For help diagnosing your low water pressure problems, call Best Plumbing! We serve homeowners throughout the Greater Seattle area.
Multi-family dwellings make up a large percentage of Seattle’s current construction boom. While necessary to help alleviate the city’s housing crunch, erecting a large apartment complex or multiple condos on what used to be parcel of land used for a single residence can lead to some significant plumbing issues.
One potential problem for new development is how to handle drainage. A rise in urban density also means a rise in urban storm water runoff, which can be a serious concern in the Emerald City. Because apartments and condos don’t have a yard to help absorb water, it’s important that they properly utilize storm drains and catch basins to effectively direct water to prevent flooding and property damage.
Another issue for new construction is making sure that the water and sewage demands of a mult-family unit don’t overwhelm the existing infrastructure. Seattle’s aging plumbing and sewage network has a colorful history, where the concrete or clay pipes used prior to the 1960’s can turn up in unexpected places. As you can imagine, attaching a modern apartment complex to a 70 year-old pipe is a recipe for disaster.
For these reasons it’s important to work with a plumbing expert who is familiar with Seattle’s water challenges and infrastructure. Locally owned and operated for the past 50 years, Best Plumbing is up to the task! Our expert team works with developers and contractors to plan and execute new construction plumbing solutions that are safe, efficient, and cost-effective. Contact us today by calling (206) 785-2360.
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