Commercial Kitchen Plumbing - Everything You Need To Know

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Commercial kitchen plumbing has many different plumbing systems specific to commercial kitchen needs. As there will be food scraps, oils, grease and other waste in the commercial kitchen it is important that the plumbing can remove these properly from the area. Hot water systems and backflow prevention will also need to be included within commercial plumbing. Optimised Plumbing Services offers professional commercial kitchen plumber services where we will install and repair plumbing in any commercial kitchen. 

The main considerations with commercial kitchen plumbing and what systems will need to be installed are:

  • Hygiene and safety units
  • Grease traps
  • Backflow prevention
  • Managing waste oil  
  • Sink and floor waste bucket traps
  • Fixtures and fittings

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What Plumbing is Involved in Commercial Kitchens?

Hygiene and Safety Units

To ensure those who are working or moving through the kitchen are safe there need to be specific components installed. The floor will often need a non-slippery surface to stop people from falling over when the floor is wet. Installing a floor drain to catch any water that falls to the floor will also help with this. 

For hygiene reasons, hand washing sinks will be different from other sinks, such as food preparation sinks. The temperature of hand washing sinks compared to other sinks in the kitchen will also be different. The commercial plumber should set the temperature differently depending on the type of sink. 

Grease Traps

The use of grease traps are extremely important when it comes to kitchen designing in commercial settings. Grease interceptors will need to be installed in dishwashers, food preparation areas, kitchen sinks and food waste. They are installed to catch any grease that enters drains to ensure that it does not create blockages. Once the container becomes full the grease will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. 

Backflow Prevention

To ensure waste and other harmful liquids do not enter plumbing systems they should not be in backflow prevention plumbing is needed to be installed in commercial kitchens. Backflow prevention devices will mostly include specific hoses, valves, break tanks and air gaps to ensure backflow does not occur. A qualified plumbing engineer will need to install the backflow prevention device specific to the commercial kitchen. 

To know about backflow prevention in plumbing and how it is set up our blog provides more information. 

Managing Waste Oil 

It is important that waste oil and other food waste does not enter the grease trap or wastewater system. Waste oil should not be poured into drains and grease traps as they are more likely to cause clogs. The specific plumbing systems are also not designed to flow the waste oil. Every time the oil is used it should be kept in a specific container to be either reused or disposed of correctly. 

Sink and Floor Waste Bucket Traps

Sink and floor waste bucket traps are used to catch any food scraps or other waste before entering the plumbing system. This is to prevent large scaled blockages from a build up of the food scraps. These are similar to regular sink catchers but have a deeper bucket to catch more food and waste. When food scraps and waste are caught they should be disposed of correctly into the garbage and not into the drain. 

Fixtures and Fittings

There are many different types of fixtures and appliances that will be installed into commercial kitchens. The main ones that will be connected to plumbing lines or similar structures are:

Fixture and Fittings

Types of Appliance 

Tapware

  • Spray guns on flexible hoses 
  • Pot filler taps
  • Lever action taps
  • Infrared sensor taps

Sinks

Stainless steel sinks are the best for commercial kitchens as they are:

  • Affordable – stainless steel sinks are affordable to purchase and maintain.
  • Durable – the sinks will last longer than other sinks and the quality of the sink will often remain strong as well. 
  • Size – there are many different sizes to choose from when installing stainless steel sinks in commercial kitchens. These types of kitchens also usually need a bigger sink which is why stainless steel is suitable. 
  • Strong – the sinks are designed to absorb shock so when plates or other items are dropped in them they will often not break due to the nature of the sink. With stainless steel, the sink will also not be affected by any chemicals or cleaners that are present inside the bowl. 

Gas or Electric Appliances

Cooking can be powered by gas or electric systems, each having its own positives and negatives. Gas systems require fewer parts, are easier to maintain and more suitable for chefs. Electric systems can heat items quickly, are easier to use and clean and distribute heat more evenly. It is also important to note that gas cooking appliances are worse for the environment when compared to electric systems. 

To know more about the basics of commercial plumbing we strongly recommend reading our blog with further details. 

Reliable Commercial Kitchen Plumber

Our commercial kitchen plumber team here at Optimised Plumbing Services are here to work with commercial kitchens. Each fully qualified commercial kitchen plumber will work on any plumbing system, from water heaters, gas fittings to wastewater units. Available 24 hours a day, our Emergency Plumber team will ensure that the commercial plumbing job is performed safely. 

Our commercial kitchen plumbing services are offered to all of Sydney, including North Shore and Sutherland Shire. We are also experts at dealing with Blocked Drain issues, including blockages inside commercial kitchen plumbing. 

For a trusted commercial kitchen plumber to work at any time – rely on Optimised Plumbing Services!

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