There's a reason so many restaurant chains in Canada and the U.S. offer free refills on fountain drinks. It's because soft drinks account for a staggering 34 percent of profits in fast-food chains. It begs the question: If the beverage station were to go down, would it mean an average of 34 percent less profit on that day? It's possible.
It's not just restaurants and fast food chains that profit from drink dispensers. Bars, hotels, sports stadiums and convenience stores are also benefactors of beverage fountain machines. All of them may be familiar with backups at their beverage stations. What they might not know, however, is that there's an easy way to prevent them.
What causes beverage-machine backups?
Many of the drinks served at a beverage dispensing station are sugary sodas, teas and juices. When customers overfill their cups or decide that they don't want any more of one of these drinks, they'll often dump them into the drain at the bottom of the dispenser. Beneath these drain boards are drain pipes which funnel the beverage waste into a thicker drain pipe. Over time, as the sweet liquids pass through these drain pipes, sugars and carbohydrates build up. If left untreated, something called a sugar snake can form.
The result is a backup that can knock a soda fountain or a tap out of order, and this can mean losses for bars and restaurants. If the venue is a sports bar, the hockey game's on and there's no way to properly serve drinks, these losses could be significant.
A remedy simpler than simple syrup
The good news is that there's a quick, easy and cost-effective way to prevent sugar and carbs from building up in drain tubes and pipes beneath beverage stations. It's called Roto-Rooter sugar residue digestant, and it works like this:
On a regular basis, whoever is responsible for maintenance of the fountains or taps simply pours a small amount of the SRD into the drain. The non-toxic, non-corrosive solution eliminates the buildup of sugars and carbohydrates that can cause backups. Alternatively, SRD can be used with a time meter that automatically dispenses the solution into the pipes throughout the day, essentially guaranteeing fountains, taps, other beverage stations and even ice cream dispensers and slushy machines will continue to be functional.
Don't let sweet beverages rot your revenue. Ask your local Roto-Rooter plumber about Sugar Residue Digestant– and when all else fails, don't hesitate to contact your local Roto-Rooter plumbing service.
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