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Two important concrete features to include when building a restaurant

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If you're planning to build a restaurant, here are two concrete features that you should have fitted by a concrete contractor during the construction process.

A concrete grease interceptor

One of the most important features that you must have installed in any property that has a commercial kitchen is a grease interceptor. The reason for this is as follows; the fat (from butter, oils and lard) that is rinsed off your customers' plates and poured down your kitchen's waste pipes by your staff members could cause serious blockages both within your premises' plumbing system and in the shared waste pipes in the local area.

This is because many types of fats that are fluid when heated tended to harden when their temperature drops. If some fat solidifies in a waste pipe, it may act as an obstruction that could prevent the waste water from moving through this pipe. This blockage could then affect the ability of your kitchen staff to wash dirty dishes, glasses and cutlery, which could, in turn, affect their ability to prep and serve meals to customers in the restaurant. If the blockage forms in a pipe near your restaurant, rather than within it, it could also cause drainage problems in the properties nearby.

As such, it is essential to have a grease interceptor fitted by a concrete contractor. Grease interceptors are large concrete structures which can be installed within the wastewater system in a way that allows them to extract and store the fats that are poured down kitchen drains before these fats enter and create blockages in the wastewater pipes. The stored fats can then be periodically removed and disposed of in a responsible manner.

A polished concrete floor

Another feature that you should consider asking a concrete contractor to fit in the kitchen of your restaurant is a polished concrete floor. The reason for this is as follows; this type of concrete is tough enough to cope with the demands that are placed on a floor in a busy kitchen.

Due to its polished finish, for example, this floor material is non-absorbent and won't stain easily. This is important in a restaurant kitchen, where spillages occur on a regular basis, as any food debris that cannot be wiped off the floor may leave it looking unsightly and smelling malodorous.

Additionally, polished concrete is incredibly hard-wearing and will not chip or crumble, even when exposed to near-constant foot traffic.