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18
Oct

FOG buildup turns Baltimore’s sewers into ‘Fatberg’

Cities are constantly battling the FOG (fats, oils, grease) buildup in their sewers.  Baltimore recently found a huge buildup that they now are calling “fatberg”.  The FOG was blocking up to 85% of the pipe in some areas.  According to DPW officials, the fatberg removal will cost about $60,000.   There are reports of a similar buildup in London’s sewer system that is taking weeks to breakdown.  You can read the full story here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-fatberg-20170925-story.html

Cities are cracking down on restaurants and foodservice facilities to take control of their wastewater.  Drain-Net helps facility prevent FOG buildup with a wide range of products.  We offer all types of strainers, grease traps, and all-natural drain defender products that help breakdown FOG.  Please visit our website or contact us today for help.

1
Aug

City learns about drain maintenance

More and more cities are learning about the importance of drain line maintenance that Drain-Net promotes.  Check out this excerpt from the Borneo Post:

“Kitchen sinks at eateries here should be fitted with effective trappers or strainers to prevent food waste, including grease, from entering and eventually blocking drains, sewer lines and waterways.

“Grease, oil and fat as well as food residues can build up and harden over time. It will block the entire pipeline and drainage, leading to leakages of water, odour and contamination,” he told reporters during a community clean-up programme at Harmony Gateway near Carpenter Street here yesterday.

The activity involved some 20 students of SMK St Mary who were accompanied by their teachers.

“It is on arduous task for our men to constantly clean all the drains in this city,” he said.”

For grease traps, drain strainers, and more, please visit Drain-Net.com.

30
Jul

Health Department Inspections

Health Departments are now deducting major points for drain backups and fruit flies.   Many health inspection reports are now being published online (such as the one below) and even on review sites such as Yelp and Trip Advisor.  It is too costly to ignore these problems.

Drain-Net has developed the most extensive product portfolio to help your restaurant tackle these problems head on.  Take a look at our website and give us a call at (908) 236-0277  if you need help finding the right solutions.

We also offered a new line of compounds that fight fruit flies in all their various locations.  Check out our Drain DEFENDER line of products here.

New York City Health Department Violations

29
Sep

One Product – Many Names

Drain-Net has developed a highly popular waste interceptor product line we call GDRU’s.  However, this commercial kitchen necessity can be called many things. GDRU, Grease Trap Pre-Strainer, Flat Strainer, and Indirect Waste Interceptor

We call it a GDRU (Garbage Disposal Replacement Unit) because it can replace mechanical garbage disposals which have been outlawed in a number of states.  Instead of grinding the food waste and wasting precious freshwater for flushing, the strainer-drawer in GDRU strains solid particles under the pre-rinse sink when dirty dishes are being pre-rinsed, affecting a much needed pretreatment process of restaurant wastewater.

A GDRU can also be called an “Indirect Waste Interceptor”.
Many states such as New York and New Jersey have passed laws that require restaurants to install indirect waste units.  A typical plumbing code states, “Indirect waste connections shall be provided for drains, overflows, or relief vents from the water supply system, and no piping or equipment carrying wastes or producing wastes or other discharges under pressure shall be directly connected to any part of the drainage system.”  Our versatile GDRU’s can easily be installed to meet this requirement.  An air gap can be created before the inlet or after the outlet to meet the indirect connection requirement.

A GDRU can also be called a “Grease Trap Pre-Strainer.”
Grease Traps and Grease Interceptors primary function is to separate grease from wastewater.  However, debris filled water can quickly accumulate in a grease trap, rendering it ineffective.  A GDRU should be installed before waste water reaches a grease trap.  Commercial kitchens who install Garbage Disposal Replacement Units see a dramatic improvement in grease trap functionality and can reduce grease trap service visits.

Believe it or not a GDRU can go by even more names such as an “Indirect Waste Separator,” “Food Waste Separator,” “Flat Strainer,” “Indirect liquid waste separator,” or a “Wet Waste Interceptor.  Whatever you call the product, you can be sure that your restaurant or commercial kitchen will stay compliant with local plumbing codes and that your drains stay free of food waste.

Click here to view our Garbage Disposal Replacement Unit product line

25
Jul

Strainer Basket to protect floor sinks from small particles

Stainless Steel Drain Strainer, fine mesh, w/ flange for 8.5" square Floor Sink Floor drains can be a life-saver in many areas of a restaurant, as numerous pieces of commercial kitchen equipment require a drain to prevent water from leaking all over the floor, creating a potentially hazardous workspace. However, Drain-Net has provided an answer to this issue with its 8 1/2” x 8 1/2” Stainless Steel Floor Drain Strainers (SLF-10). These drain strainers will allow water to flow freely into the drain while stopping the material that may otherwise clog the drain from getting into the plumbing, saving your business from additional maintenance costs and pipe repairs.

This drain strainer basket is a 7 1/2″ square so that it fits 8 1/2″ floor sinks.  It is 2″ tall.  It has an 11″ flange with handles for easy removal.  The fine mesh is ideal for straining small particles such as rice and seeds.

We have a new online sales price for these strainer baskets.  Purchase it today!

7
May

The Floor Drain Brush Comparison: Drain-Net vs. Carlisle Flo-Pac

Are you looking for a brush to clean your food preparation and walk-in cooler floor drains?  Until now your only option was the Carlisle Flo-Pac® Floor Drain Brush.  Thankfully, we have developed an alternative drain brush which has fixed many of the issues people have had with the Carlisle model.

Carlisle Drain Brush Problem: Can’t clean curved piping.
Drain-Net Brush Solutions: Made of durable twist wire to provide strength and “bendability” to clean curved piping.  Also features a poly ball on the end to guide smoothly through elbow turns in drain pipes.

Carlisle Drain Brush Problem: The brush head falls off, getting stuck in the drain
Drain-Net Brush Solutions: The brush head and handle are one unit so the brush head can’t fall off.

Carlisle Drain Brush Problem: While cleaning the drain, nasty drain junk splashes on you
Drain-Net Brush Solutions: Splash guard covers drain while cleaning so you stay clean!

Carlisle Drain Brush Problem: You have to buy different brush head for each drain size.
Drain-Net Brush Solutions: One size fits 2″, 3″, and 4″ drain sizes.

Purchase the Drain-Net Drain Brush today!

13
Apr

Ultra-Grate Guard®: Protection for Storm Drains and Catch Basins

Did you know that Drain-Net offers waste water management solutions?  Drain-Net’s Ultra-Grate Guard® helps you comply with stormwater pollution prevention plans and Stormwater Best Management practices by protecting your storm drains and catch basins.  It’s the sure way to capture sediment, silt, debris and other runoff before they enter our storm drains and sewers.  The Oil and Sediment (O/S) Model comes equipped with an oil absorbent pillow.  The Sediment Only (SED) Model is ideal for construction managers and building owners who want to protect their stormwater drains during construction.  View this product and more at our online store:  www.Drain-Net.com

  • For use with flat grate catch basins
  • Allows run-off to flow through while blocking sediment and/or capturing oil
  • Standard and custom sizes available
  • Helps comply with NPDES, 40 CFR 122.26 (1999) when used as Best Management Practice in Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans

Ultra-Grate Guard helps you comply with Stormwater pollution prevention plans

27
Feb

Hard to reach floor sinks – NO PROBLEM!

Every floor sink needs to have a strainer basket to keep food, trash, and debris out of their floor sink drains.  However, sometimes these floor sinks are hard to reach, making it difficult to empty and maintain.  Drain-Net has solved this problem with the Extedo-Net.  Drain-Net can add an extending handle to any floor sink basket for easy installation and removal.  Choose the length you need (standard sizes includ 1,2,3, and 4 feet long).  Get yours today!

8
Feb

Top 10 Benefits for Preventative Plumbing at Your Restaurant

We realize that the idea of preventative plumbing is not always common place in the foodservice industry.  Many people have grown use to “reacting” to plumbing problems when they occur and just count it as a cost of doing business.  We are on a mission to change this approach.  Sometimes restaurant managers tell us “I see the benefit of your products, but I’m not sure the restaurant owner will want me to spend the money on an unfamiliar product.”  To help convince those doubters, we are providing you with a list of the Top Ten Benefits for Preventative Plumbing:

1. Fewer plumbing expenses because preventing drain clogs also mean less calls to a plumber for emergency repairs and drain line jetting.

2.  Prevent wet floors which are a common cause for slip and fall accidents. Restaurant owners decrease their liability and increase employee safety.

3.  Reduced risk of expensive repairs to piping and sewer lines which can result when bags, rags, large seeds, and other solid waste clog grease traps and pipes.

4.  Increase efficiency of grease trap do to reduced debris.

5. Lower risk to city fines for violating wastewater discharge compliance standards

6.  Reduce or eliminate drain flies which are attracted to the “gross stuff” that builds up in drains when not maintained.

7.  Increased employee productivity when they don’t have to handle flooded floors and emergency drain backups.

8.  Decreased frequency of grease trap servicing/pumping due to reduced solid waste in grease trap.

9.  Eliminate the need for chemical pipe cleaners which can be very harmful to the environment and dangerous for employees to handle.

10.  Reduce or eliminate repulsive odors that can occur when debris builds up inside of drain lines.

20
Jan

Free Drain Evaluation for Restaurants in NY, NJ, and PA

Is your restaurant, commercial kitchen, or facility experiencing drain and plumbing related issues?  Are you interested in preventative plumbing solutions, but aren’t sure what you need or what will work for you?  We want to help!

Drain-Net is now offering FREE Drain Evaluations for your facility.  We will visit your facility and identify problem areas for drains and provide you with preventative plumbing solutions and a quote so you can calculate your ROI.  There is no hassle, cost, or obligation.

Currently the Free Drain Evaluations are being offered in the New Jersey, New York, and Eastern Pennsylvania region.

How do I get a free Drain-Evaluation?

Call 908-236-0277 or visit www.drain-evaluation.com