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The benefits of Planned Preventative Maintenance

Whether you’re in the hospitality, education, care or construction industry, to name but a few, when it comes to Planned and Preventative Maintenance (PPM) methods vital in helping Facilities Managers avoid disruptions in service, one of the key areas to consider is drainage…

Drainage maintenance and repair sounds pretty simple. Most people might presume it’s simply a case of sticking some rods down a drain to free up the blockage, and maybe having to replace the odd pipe from time to time. But if a business’ drainage isn’t maintained regularly by trained specialists, it has the potential to cause major disruptions at some point in the future, and this will typically happen when you least want it to!

This is why leading commercial drainage maintenance and repair company Metro Rod, always recommend PPM schedules for their clients, to enable them to guard against any unexpected incidents.

Metro Rod Managing Director, Peter Molloy, explains, “No matter the industry, every building has drainage requirements in one form or another. Commercial kitchens in particular benefit from PPM to control fat and grease related drainage problems. Congealed fats can account for as much as 95% of drain blockages where food waste is involved, so it is important to have a proper plan in place to ensure that minimal fat and grease goes down the drain and doesn’t end up contributing to any ‘fatbergs’ we’ve been hearing so much about in the news lately! One way to do this is by installing an environmentally-friendly unit, which uses bio-technology to safely clear the build-up of organic grease and fat, but even these need servicing regularly. Larger grease traps may be located underground and will need a tanker to clear them in order to ensure they continue to operate efficiently.”

Obviously, another particularly important drainage area is the safe removal of sewage and ensuring hygienic bathroom facilities. Uric scale, for example, can build up quickly in pipes of washrooms with heavy footfall – causing a less than desirable odour! Effective PPM methods are therefore key, as disruptions in this area could even result in short term closure and ultimately substantial loss in business, not to mention damage to a company’s reputation!

“We have many PPM contracts with national companies such as Mitie and Sodexo. As a rough guide, we’d suggest PPM visits for urinals every 3 months, grease traps every 3 to 6 months and drains approximately every 12 months. Drain maintenance is largely dependent on the frequency of cleaning urinals and grease traps though, because the grease and scale is going to settle out somewhere in the system, and the longer between PPM intervals the further downstream the problem occurs and the greater the magnitude!

“Whichever drainage PPM company you decide to go with, they should offer a free initial site visit and inspection, and then work with you to tailor a maintenance programme to suit your needs.” Concludes Peter.

Metro Rod have 30+ years’ experience and over 40 depots nationwide who operate 24/7, 365 days of the year, so no matter when the issue arises, they can be on site within hours – ensuring as little disruption as possible for customers. All engineers are fully DBS checked and professionally trained in all aspects of drainage repair and maintenance.

If you’d like to find out more about how Metro Rod might be able to help you, they’ll be exhibiting at the Facilities Show, 19-21 June – stand N930! So why not pop along to find out more or call 0800 66 88 00 today!




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