How much do you spend per year to clean your trench drain?

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Cleaning drainage systems in food or beverage processing facilities can be expensive. Drain sanitation requirements are determined by the USDA Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures Handbook. To prevent contamination and to pass inspections, facilities need to follow the USDA sanitation guidelines. The USDA states drains need to be cleaned on a daily basis to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions.

USDA Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures

7 Step USDA Sanitation Procedures

USDA SANITATION PROCEDURES

Dry Clean
First Rinse
Soap and Scour
Post Rinse and Inspect
Remove and Assemble
Pre-op
Sanitize

Cleaning Drainage Systems Can Be Costly

It takes time to properly clean drainage systems to comply with the sanitation requirements in the USDA Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures Handbook. In processing facilities, time is money. The harder it is to clean a drainage system, the more it will cost.

Let’s compare the costs associated with cleaning a grated trench drain system versus a slotted trench drain system.


Cost of Cleaning a Grated Trench Drain

Scenario:
A 100-foot section of grated trench drain is installed in a facility. The drain is load class rated to load E and is 100% stainless steel. The worker assigned to cleaning the drain earns $12 per hour and the drains are cleaned 5 days per week.

Cleaning Time per Day

  • 3-5 minutes to access drain pit and empty
  • 120-210 minutes to lift, scrub, inspect and replace all drain covers
  • 60-90 minutes to scrub, rinse and sanitize the drain channel
Cleaning Cost in Labour

  • $156 – $260 per year (13 – 22 hours)
  • $6,240 – $10,920 per year (520 – 910 hours)
  • $3,120 – $4,680 per year (260 – 390 hours)

Cleaning a grated trench drain can cost $9,516 to $15,860 per year!


Cost of Cleaning a Slotted Trench Drain

Scenario:
A 100-foot section of slotted trench drain is installed in a facility. The drain is load class rated to load F and is 100% stainless steel. The worker assigned to cleaning the drain earns $12 per hour and drains are cleaned 5 days per week.

Cleaning Time per Day

  • 3-5 minutes to access drain pit and empty
  • 1-2 minutes to run paddle through length of drain
  • 20-25 minutes to thoroughly brush entire drain
Cleaning Cost in Labour

  • $156 – $260 per year (13 – 22 hours)
  • $52 – $104 per year (4 – 9 hours)
  • $1,040 – $1,300 per year (87 – 108 hours)

Cleaning a slotted trench drain can cost $1,248 to $1,664 per year!


 

On average, you can save up to 90% in cleaning costs!

Slotted trench drains are easier and faster to clean than grated trench drain systems. What’s the main difference between the drains? Slotted trench drains eliminate grates. It takes only 24-32 minutes to clean a slotted trench drain system, compared to the grated trench which takes 183-305 minutes to clean. The biggest advantage to switching to a slotted trench drain is the elimination in time it takes to lift, scrub, inspect and replace all the drain covers.

Save money by choosing a Sanitary Drainage System

Your facility can save money in the long-term by switching to an easy to clean and maintain drainage system. Drains that comply with the USDA Sanitation Guidelines will feature smooth materials, radiused edges and stainless steel construction.

If drainage systems are difficult for employees to clean, the necessary cleaning procedures may be neglected. Poorly cleaned drains can harbour bacteria and lead to product recalls, fines, lawsuits or harm to consumers.

The best way to protect your food or beverage processing facility from contamination is by choosing a sanitary drainage system that complies with USDA sanitation requirements. 

Sanitary Drainage Systems

Slotted trench drains are providing drains that are easier to clean and are more cost-effective than grated trench drains. The linear slots eliminate traditional grates that are hard to clean and wear out within years. Slotted trench drains are applicable where ever floor or ground surfaces are subject to fluids or have frequent cleaning requirements.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SANITARY SLOTTED TRENCH DRAINS 

Stainless Steel Heavy Load Slot Drain
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Slot Drain Stainless Kit
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Slot Drain® cleaning paddle

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