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Old 10-15-2011, 08:51 AM   #1
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Bit of a fish out of water here service work-wise. 25 years in construction, now it's remote camp work and I surprise myself every day with McGuyver fix-ups. Few tools, no material yet, but getting 'er done.

Had my first experience with a backed up ice maker drain. Took a bottle brush to the pan drain and pulled out a snotty mess. Had a 10" piece of wire and fished out a big slug from the 3/4 PEX at the hub drain end.

The line had a vent behind the icemaker, so I got a chick from the kitchen to hold her thumb over the pan drain hole and I crawled behind the machine, wrapped my lips around the PEX vent, and blew for all I was worth. Out slithered a foot long slime snake, and the drain was cleared.

So guys, is there something we can do to prevent this from happening? Like pouring 1/2 cup of bleach down there every month? Part of my gig here is to develop a maintenance schedule, and I don't want to have to lip lock any more pipes?
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:03 AM   #2
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Bleach and hot water.

Shop vac comes in handy.
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A bucket(5 gal) of hot water a week. That's what I tell restaurants to do about their soda drains. At the very least you'll be sure and find out when they are backed up.
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Hot water is the key, I would clean out the evaporator condensate tray also cause it probly has a nice layer of slime
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I have an old style refillable fire extinguisher I fill with compressed air -- A couple of blasts from that usually pushes those worms right out.
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Here is a basic cleaning.


[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me7HHHbqvvw&feature=related"]Manitowoc Commercial Ice Machine Basic Cleaning Video: PART 1 - YouTube[/ame]

You should also empty the ice bin and clean it. If you do this it will be the last time you want ice in your drinks when your at a restaurant.

Mold everywhere!!!!
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White vinegar works well especially on a regular basis good for urinal descaling as well.
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