Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” With that in mind, are you doing everything you can to protect your floor drains? With items like vegetable cuttings, miscellaneous trash bits and general dirt finding its way into your floor drains, it’s just a matter of time before disease, foul odors, slip hazards and health code violations fall into your hands. At worst, you may have to close down your kitchen for a day to remove the clog. At best, the kitchen will have to work around a plumber for a few hours. This is an inconvenience and costly expense you can easily prevent!
A floor drain strainer, as with strainers used in sinks, is a device that insets into the floor drain and collects all debris entering the drain, preventing it from creating a clog. Floor drain strainers come in different sizes and styles and are usually plastic or metal. The most common types either sit in the floor drain or are a cover attached to the top of the drain. Regardless of which style best serves you, the cost of the strainer will be far less than the cost of one plumber service call.
When it comes to selecting a floor drain strainer, follow these three steps:
- Identify the style of your drain
- Determine the types of debris that could potentially clog your drain
- Select a strainer that will provide the greatest protection
Though floor drain strainers are not required in every state they are highly recommended. Preventative plumbing will create fewer plumbing expenses, eliminate wet and slippery floors, risk of fines and increase employee productivity. The benefits far outweigh the expenses.