In some industries, you are required to have a commercial floor drain. Restaurant kitchens, gym and pool bathrooms and even boarding facilities often have floor drains installed in their businesses, making it fast and easy to hose off the floor to fully clean it. If you have a commercial floor drain in your business, you want to regularly clean it and maintain it to help minimize the chances of a clog or back-up occurring. But, despite your best efforts, you cannot prevent every back-up. Knowing what the signs are that your commercial floor drain is clogged can help you to promptly call in a plumber to free the clog and minimize any disruptions to your business. Here are a few of the top signs that you may have a clog in your commercial floor drain.
Water is Slowly Draining
The top sign that there may be a clog present in your commercial floor drain is that water is slowly draining. When water is present on your floor, the water should flow toward the drain, where it should promptly go down and out of your space. But if there is a clog, water may be slow to drain away. This causes water to puddle up on your floor or around the drain. If you notice this happening, even if the water does eventually drain away, you likely have a clog.
Nasty Smells Are Coming From the Drain
Another sign that is indicative of a clog in your commercial drain is nasty smells coming from in and around the drain. If there is a clog, it may begin to stink, when it does, the smell can emit from the pipe back up the drain. This causes the foul smell you are smelling. If you smell any nasty smells coming from the drain, you need to have your pipes professionally cleaned to remove the clogs and any remaining sludge.
You Can See Debris
The last sign that your commercial floor drain is clogged is that you can see debris in the pipe. Commercial floor drains should have a clean-out trap. The trap is designed to catch items that shouldn't flow through your drainage system. If you notice water draining slowly, you should always clean out the trap to see if that is where your problem lies, if it is not, look through the trap the best you can. In some cases, you may be able to visually see the clog or see residue that indicates your pipes are dirty and likely clogged.
If you have, or suspect you have, a clog in your commercial floor drain, contact a plumber right away. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that your drain will back-up and cause a major disruption to your business. Recognizing the signs of a clogged drain can help you avoid this.