Three Long-Term Plumbing Investments That Will Reduce Upkeep And Employment Costs In Your Restaurant

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Since restaurants typically run on such thin margins, lowering ongoing costs should be a prime concern when you’re deciding on what kind of plumbing upgrade to install in your building. While the initial price for new plumbing equipment is usually high, it’s often prudent to think in terms of all the even more expensive plumbing disasters you’ll prevent in the future. If you own a restaurant and you want to cut down on upkeep and employment costs, check out these three long-term plumbing investments. Commercial Grade Condensing Boiler Condenser boilers are more efficient and environmentally friendly than normal water heaters because the waste heat they generate is turned around to help with heating incoming water. Their main downside is the fact that they’re significantly more expensive to purchase than traditional water heaters. While it wouldn’t make sense to install a fancy new boiler in a business like an office supply or clothing store because hot water isn’t needed very often, the investment makes more sense in a restaurant. Especially if your menu includes lots of steamed vegetables and you want to get water to its boiling point more quickly, you’ll save a significant amount of money almost every night that your restaurant is open. Stainless Steel Plumbing Pipes Of all the plumbing pipe materials out there, stainless steel pipes are the most durable and reliable. Specifically, stainless steel can resist the corrosion that grease, salt, and other foodstuffs falling down a drain normally cause much more easily than other pipe materials like clay, PVC, and even copper. Once again, the fact that you’ll be handling food so often means that the high upfront cost of stainless steel plumbing pipes is often worth it. Remember that digging up and replacing a broken section of even a very cheap plumbing pipe variety is still going to cost you a pretty penny. You might as well go for a high quality plumbing material that will stay operational in the face of constant abuse for as long as possible. Foot Control Valves For Sinks Whether your employees are washing dishes or simply filling up pots with water, it takes them a significant amount of time to set down whatever they’re carrying to manipulate faucets. Installing foot control valves on all the sinks in your restaurant’s kitchen is an easy and relatively cheap way to increase the productivity of your employees. Especially if you routinely have to pay out overtime pay, you’ll save a lot on labor costs. For further assistance, contact a local plumber, such as one from Cool Air Mechanical,...

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Birds Nesting On Your Rain Gutter Downspout Returns? Here’s What You Need To Know

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

You may have gutter guards on your rain gutters, but that won’t prevent a bird from nesting on your downspout returns. Horizontal downspout returns are the part of your rain gutters that hug the underside of the eaves on their way to the house. Downspout returns are the perfect spot for birds to build a nest. Removing the Bird Nest May Be Illegal Many birds are considered to be protected wildlife, and removing the nest could be illegal. If you’ve spotted a native bird nest on your downspout return, check inside the nest for eggs. If the nest has eggs or an adult bird sitting on a brood, it cannot be removed. If you’re uncertain what constitutes a “native bird,” check with your local wildlife office. If the nest has been abandoned or if the nest is just now being built and still has no eggs inside, you may be legally allowed to remove the nest. However, it’s always a good idea to check with local wildlife officials before taking action. Removing the Nest Get rid of the nest as soon as you can. Nests can harbor pests like fleas, and once the nest is no longer in use, those pests may go searching for other hosts around your house. To protect yourself from pests, wear long sleeves, long pants and garden gloves when disposing of the nest. Pull down the nest and place it inside a plastic bag. Seal the bag and throw it away. Cleaning the Downspout After you’ve removed your nest, you may see bird droppings on the downspout. Bird droppings contain a corrosive chemical called uric acid. Leaving bird droppings on your downspout could contribute to the early decline of your rain gutters, so cleaning the gutters after the nest has been removed is an important step. To remove the bird droppings, spray the area with a household cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water, then scrub the droppings with a soft plastic scrub brush. When you’re finished, spray the downspout with water from a hose. Installing Spikes Bird spikes can prevent birds from returning to your downspout. Spikes are available for sale at home improvement centers and hardware stores. Check the package before buying the spikes to ensure that the spikes you’re purchasing are well matched to the size of the bird that you’re guarding against. Smaller birds need smaller spikes, and larger birds need larger spikes. The spikes will come with installation instructions; follow the instructions carefully to help ensure effectiveness. For more information about how to protect your rain gutters from pests like birds, speak with a rain gutter contractor such as Custom...

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