We’re Still Seeing Drain Flies Despite Trying The Eco-Drain System. Why?
Trials and Errors of Integrating The Eco-Drain System
Problems with Fats, Oils and Greases hide in unexpected places.
The Background & Assessment
This full-service rehab facility provides short-term residence to over 200 patients. Three meals per day are prepared at the adjoining long-term-care nursing home and brought by cart into their staff kitchen. The staff kitchen provides warming ovens and rinses dishes before being sent to the main kitchen for thorough washing.
Underneath the single washing sink is a cabinet that, when opened, releases swarms of flies. Staff has had to discontinue providing fresh juices on the tables due to flies circling patient tables, giving an appearance of a dirty facility. The maintenance team had tried basically every solution available to them, with poor results. Sometimes the flies would disappear for short periods but would then quickly return.
Food service establishments often don’t realize the global impact of fats, oils and greases (FOG) in their facility. Flies, odors and slow moving drains are typically not the sign of a dirty kitchen, just dirty drains. Logic seems to indicate that FOG will only be in the drains, but it splashes, gets carried by feet, hands and cart wheels everywhere. ~~ Chris Felix, Vice President, The Eco-Drain System
TEDS staff discussed the challenges the rehab facility is facing both with brand image as well as the frustration with many failed products. It’s unusual for a staff kitchen to be faced with a recurring problematic fly infestation. However, in this instance we were able to establish the direct correlation between the transport of FOG through dish rinsing.
Imagine 200 plates x 3 meals per day of the grease shown to the right from a standard meal. It may not seem like a lot compared to the production in full-service kitchens, but the FOG will create hazards up and downstream through the pipes facility-wide. A simple execution of some of The Eco-Drain products can address the issues in this isolated area. For full impact, all food prep areas should be treated.
- The hole for the drain was just slightly larger than the size of the InSink Ball. Therefore, the ball would naturally roll and settle only in the drain rather than rolling around the sink and potentially creating back-ups.
- Although this is a non-food sink, there is significantly higher dispensing of water volume due to the rinsing of the dishes and therefore more discharge of FOG into the pipes. The smaller puck inside the InSink Ball would dissolve much faster than desired for cost efficiency.
- The solid top of the Floor Device would deflect the splashing on the interior puck to prevent premature deterioration of the puck.
When flies or odors are present, significant improvement is typically expected within 3-7 days, depending upon the severity of the situation. In this case, however, 10 days later and the flies were continuing to swarm the kitchen.
The Eco-Drain System is designed to follow a protocol which includes an initial “Shock and Awe” treatment where for 30-120 days affected areas are aggressively treated to maximize the bacteria release and then slowed to reach the ideal results at the minimum cost. In this case since the rehab facility does not have control over the full-service kitchen, we recommended a minimal introduction. That was a mistake.
Two weeks later, we introduced 20x Grease Remediator to the mix as a diluted spray, 1 quart of 20x mixed with 3 quarts of water. The spray was delivered to the inside walls of the base cabinet as well as on the floor mats and under the refrigerators and heating elements in the kitchen. The bugs were gone within a few days.
What we learned was that the perimeter surfaces held on to just enough FOG to continue providing bugs with a breeding ground. The 20x was the key and is an easy maintenance product. They will continue to utilize the Floor Device to deliver bacteria into their pipes for protective measures as well as drain care. However, it’s the treatments surrounding the drains which provide the key results this facility was looking for.
The Eco-Drain System with the integration of 20x rid the staff kitchen of the pesky fruit flies. Patient care was perceived as a priority, as meal guests were not surrounded by flies at their tables.
For maximum efficacy, The Eco-Drain System should be treated from the top down (furthest-most grease producing drain to the closest drain to the main interceptor). In this case, since the rehab facility has no control over the main food producing kitchen, we’ve recommended continued placement of the Floor Device into the dish rinsing station and delivery of the diluted 20x inside the sink cabinet (specifically at the base of the drain connecting to the floor), on the floor mats and under the warming station. 20x to be delivered as 4-5 sprays per area, one time per week.
The Eco-Drain System will also be working with the main nursing facility to provide the same superior treatment to the facility as a whole.