At Apollo Plumbing Service, we recognize the importance of keeping the pipes in your home and business clean and clear of debris and problems. Common culprits of clog formations and pipeline problems include hardened grease deposits as well as inefficient wastewater treatment efforts that result in waste becoming trapped in the pipes. Fortunately, we have the equipment and experience needed to install mechanisms that can act as effective countermeasures against these problems and keep your pipes clean in order to work effectively.
For restaurants and commercial kitchens to function effectively, there needs to be a reliable pipeline system in place to transport food waste. Commercial kitchens can be plagued by fat, oil, and grease (FOG) that are a byproduct of a busy restaurant. A malfunctioning grease trap or interceptor can quickly shut down your kitchen’s plumbing, and until the problem is fixed, your staff can’t meet the sanitary requirements required by city and county law.
Grease traps and interceptors catch FOG and prevent it from entering the public sewer. To prevent backups, a grease interceptor needs frequent cleaning. Restaurants in Portland, Gresham and Vancouver are inspected by the city to check that FOG isn’t discharging into the public sewer. To comply with codes, businesses must install and maintain a grease trap or interceptor.
Portland requires commercial kitchens to have a schedule to clean grease traps and interceptors. An improperly maintained grease interceptor causes clogs, foul odors, and sewage overflow, and particularly bad cases of backups can affect nearby buildings and city sewer lines.
At Apollo Plumbing Service, we can maintain or repair your restaurant’s grease interceptor, preventing costly backups and failed inspections. If you need a new interceptor installed, our expert excavators and plumbers can help. Our experienced plumbers have worked with commercial kitchens all over the Portland metro area in Oregon as well as the Vancouver, Washington area. We’ll install your grease interceptor so it meets with regulations and FOG doesn’t flow into the sewer and interrupt business.
Fats, oil, and grease enter the drain when food is prepared and cooking utensils and dishes are washed. Even if your staff is careful about removing food scraps before washing dishes, it’s inevitable that FOG will enter the pipes. A grease trap or interceptor captures the FOG before it can cause problems with the public sewer. There are two basic types of interceptors that we install, and some kitchens include both types of grease interceptors:
Hydromechanical grease traps catch FOG under a sink or another type of fixture and are installed as indoor devices. Gravity grease interceptors are large outdoor tanks with a larger capacity than indoor traps. Excavation may be required to install an underground grease interceptor. At Apollo Plumbing Service, our maintenance programs take the burden of maintaining an interceptor off you and your staff. Let our professionals help you meet city and county requirements for your grease interceptor.
For cases when wastewater needs to be treated more effectively, we are happy to install lift stations to facilitate the process.
Lift stations, also known as pump stations, pump sewage or wastewater from a lower position of gravity to an elevated state so sewage can flow naturally through city sewer lines. For example, if a home needs to move waste to a sewage treatment plant, this treatment utility sits at a slightly higher elevation than the home. The lift stations lift the sewage to a certain height above the facility where gravity naturally transports the waste to where it needs to go. It is especially important that sewage and wastewater be moved using the best equipment available to avoid spills, and we are proud to offer the best in the industry.
If you’re living in a low-populated area that needs to have the wastewater moved off of your property efficiently, we’re here to help. We offer affordable solutions and also take care of ordering and delivering the product to our customers.
Since 1984, our family-owned business at Apollo Plumbing Service has helped our customers in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas with all their pipeline problems and cleaning needs. If you need your pipes to be cleaned of grease or a lift station installed, call us at 503-447-8350 to learn more about our work and how we can help you.
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You probably have a leak somewhere. If you haven’t noticed any standing water, stained ceilings or drywall, or soggy spots, start by checking your toilets. Put a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank and wait 15 minutes (do not flush while you’re waiting!). If you see color in your tank, it is leaking and the ball and/or flapper need to be replaced. If you can’t find your leak, give us a call and we’ll figure out where all that water is going.
We recommend a septic inspection at least once every three or four years. That way, you can catch problems before they become major issues. If your septic tank gets too full, you can end up with unwanted solids, like paper, flowing into your drain field. These will eventually block the pipes there, which can be very expensive to repair.
If your garbage disposal smells, there’s likely a buildup of food debris inside it. This debris can stick to the walls and refuse to drain. Get rid of the odor by placing ice cubes or citrus peels in it and running it for 30 seconds. Keep it running and squirt a generous helping of liquid dishwasher detergent into it. Finally, run cold water down the disposal for at least 30 seconds to wash any loosened debris away. If this doesn’t make your kitchen smell better, call us for further help.
Avoid frozen pipes this winter by taking a few easy steps. Turn off your outside faucets and remove any hoses that are connected in them, allowing any water still in the pipes to drain out. Further waterproof your pipes with a kit or supplies from your local hardware store. Follow directions on the supplies to wrap and insulate your pipes this winter. If you have a sprinkler system, get it drained and blown out before the ground freezes.
That white substance is mineral buildup and it may indicate that you have hard water. To remove it, pour a cup of vinegar into a bag. Tie the bag tightly around the faucet, so the mineral deposits are soaking in the vinegar. Leave it on overnight. In the morning, use a brush to scrape away the mineral deposits. If you can remove your sink aerators or your shower head, do so and simply soak them in vinegar overnight.
You may need to experiment to find out where you want to set the temperature on your hot water heater so you have enough hot water for your family’s needs but can save as much money as possible. Most people find that 120 degrees is the best setting for them. In fact, this is the standard that manufacturers use when they preset water heaters at the factory. If you can’t set yours to a particular temperature, start somewhere in the middle and work up or down from there.
Apollo jetted the basement drain line in our old 1927 Portland house. The line has been backing up thru the floor drain for a while. The technician cleared out the line with the hydro-jet, and it’s running great now. On-time and professional!"
- Tim T., Google Review
Apollo Drain was on time, professional, and very knowledgeable. He took the time to inspect our rain drain to our dry well and do everything he could to alleviate the issue. I would highly recommend Apollo, they were informative and straight forward. Honesty is obviously a value they uphold for their customers."
- Forrest W., Google Review
I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we were with the service we received today from Anthony. He was incredibly personable and friendly. He went above and beyond and made the service call painless. Anthony took care of our clogged train in no time. Apollo and Anthony are the best! We highly recommend them."
- Jennifer T., Google Review