Breweries require significant investment in terms of time, planning, money, and resources. They are available in different sizes, shapes, and materials and can be customized to fit the layout, design, and needs of the brewery. Different suppliers offer various solutions, making it challenging to compare prices and the quality of floor drains in the market. Equipping floor drains with sensors, meters, and alarms can also increase their cost and may require the brewery to invest in additional staff, expertise, and equipment for maintenance and operation.
Brewery floor drains require regular maintenance, cleaning, and inspection to ensure proper and safe operation, as well as efficiency and effectiveness. Although brewery floor drains are generally durable, they can still be damaged, clogged, or contaminated. If equipped with sensors, meters, and alarms, regular calibration, testing, and troubleshooting are necessary to ensure accuracy and reliability.
While the safety benefits far outweigh the risks, improper installation, maintenance, and operation of floor drains can pose safety hazards to staff and customers. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that floor drains are securely and stably installed, and that grates are replaced immediately after cleaning.
Improperly maintained and operated floor drains can result in unpleasant odors because they collect, convey, and discharge wastewater from the brewery. However, proper cleaning and maintenance should prevent this issue.
Similar to safety considerations, the mitigation of liability risks outweighs any liability created by the drains. Nevertheless, improperly maintained or operated floor drains can expose the brewery to legal and financial liabilities. Floor drains are subject to local, state, and federal regulations that aim to protect the environment, public health, and public safety. Breweries must install, maintain, and operate floor drains in line with government and industry standards, requirements, and expectations.