Own A Restaurant? 4 Ways To Reduce The Occurrence Of Clogs In The Customer Restrooms

If you own a restaurant, you probably have at least one restroom for your customers to use. Customer restrooms may be a necessity when you own a restaurant, but they can sure pose problems for you as a business owner. This is particularly true where clogs are concerned. The last thing you want is an overflowing toilet, especially during lunch or dinner hours. Unfortunately, they do happen. Here are four steps you can take to reduce the occurrence of toilet clogs in your restaurant.

Use Biodegradable Toilet Paper

If you're choosing toilet paper based on price, you may be setting yourself up for some serious clogs. Not everyone is going to go easy on the toilet paper use. Some of your customers are going to use more toilet paper than they actually need. Not only that, but there will be customers who forget to flush, which means the toilet paper is going to collect in the bowl. Once the toilet is flushed, you're probably going to be looking at a clog, especially if you're using the wrong toilet paper. Biodegradable toilet paper breaks down more quickly when exposed to water, which means it will flush down easier and break apart in the drains easier.

Switch to An Automatic Hand Dryer

If you're providing paper towels for your customers to dry their hands with, you have to assume that some of them will be flushed down the toilet. Unfortunately, paper towels can cause serious clogs once they're flushed down the toilet. The best way to stop paper towels from being flushed down your toilets is to eliminate them altogether. Take out the paper towel dispensers and replace them with automatic hand dryers. Your customers' hands will get dried, and you'll eliminate one cause of toilet clogs.

Train Your Employees

If your employees don't know how to respond to a clogged toilet, now's the time to give them some training. The first thing they need to know is the location of the water shut off valve, which should be located right behind the toilet. They'll need to shut the water off immediately if a toilet is overflowing. They'll also need to know where the plunger is located and how to use it properly. Finally, they'll need to know the number to your commercial plumber. You'll need professional assistance if the plunger doesn't clear the clog.

Have Your Drains Cleaned

If it's been a while since you've had your drains cleaned, you need to schedule that service as soon as possible. Dirty drains can cause stubborn clogs in your restaurant, especially in the area of your toilets. To keep the drains flowing smoothly in your restaurant, you should have your drains cleaned at least once a year.

For more information, contact local commercial plumbing services like Boiler Services, Inc.