The plumbing system is one of the most important parts of a commercial establishment, whether it be offices, retail shops, banks, restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, and many more. When a commercial plumbing system is working well, it’s easy to take it for granted. However, even a minor plumbing problem can lead to inconveniences, discomfort, and costly damage.
That’s why it’s important to maintain your commercial plumbing system regularly to keep it in top shape and avoid the headaches and inconvenience of unexpected problems.
Let’s look at some of the ways you can keep your plumbing system in perfect working condition.
Leaks are a common plumbing problem in commercial buildings. If water leaks are not addressed as soon as possible, they can lead to costly damage in a commercial property and high water bills. Hidden leaks are particularly difficult to detect because the pipes are located out of sight. It’s advisable to look out for warning signs of water leaks in your commercial property and call a qualified plumber to fix the problem.
If your commercial building is older, you’ll want to consider replacing old pipes to improve plumbing efficiency. Old pipes are more susceptible to leaks and damage. You’ll know it’s time to replace your pipes if you experience issues like consistent clogs, visible corrosion on pipes, frequent leaks, and discolored water.
Extreme cold weather can be tough on commercial plumbing, so it’s best to winterize your plumbing to prevent freezing pipes and other plumbing problems that come with cold weather. Be sure to insulate your pipes and inspect heating sources in your commercial property.
One of the main causes of clogs and pipe damage in commercial buildings is flushing non-flushable items down the drain. Plumbing pipes are designed to handle human waste, toilet paper, and wastewater. Flushing anything else down your drains can lead to expensive plumbing problems. So it’s advisable to be careful about what goes down your drains.
The ideal water pressure in commercial buildings tends to range between 60 and 80 psi (pounds per square inch). Anything higher than 80 psi can put a lot of unnecessary strain on your pipes and fittings, leading to leaks and the deterioration of a property’s plumbing system. It’s advisable to check water pressure throughout the building using a water pressure gauge at least once per week to ensure it’s at a safe level. If you discover that the water pressure is too high or too low, call a nearby plumber to fix the problem.
Although chemical drain cleaners are touted as an effective and cost-effective solution to clogs, they are not safe for your pipes. Chemical drain cleaners can corrode and damage pipes, interfere with waste breakdown in a septic system. Instead of using chemical drain cleaners, it’s advisable to use a drain snake or plunger to clear clogs or call an experienced plumber to help you.
Performing preventative maintenance for your commercial plumbing can help you avoid many plumbing issues and save money in the long run. For all of your commercial plumbing needs, you can rely on Neighborhood Plumbing to provide you with reliable services.