When you run a commercial property, the last thing you need is a plumbing emergency. Leaks, backups, and certainly floods can shut your company down for days and cost you money, time, and energy on repairs and lost business. Luckily, this can all be prevented with regular maintenance of your plumbing system, so you can keep your business up and running without plumbing disruptions. Here are a few tips and strategies to keep up preventative maintenance of your commercial plumbing.
1. Look for Leaks
You may not notice small leaks right away, but they’re important to find. Small leaks are an indication that something isn’t right with your plumbing, and they can quickly become bigger problems if ignored. It may be inconvenient and costly to fix a small leak, but trust us, it’s even more expensive and disruptive to fix a devastating flood and damaged plumbing.
Additionally, some leaks are not visible but could be costing your company hundreds of extra dollars per year on your water bill. If you notice your water bill is higher than usual or doesn’t make sense, bring in a professional to inspect your plumbing system and look for silent leaks that could be doing behind-the-scenes damage and wasting water.
2. Fix Leaky Faucets
A leaky faucet is more than annoying. Every drip contributes to a huge waste of water, and it can actually cost you significant extra money in your water bill. Leaky faucets are not that difficult to fix. You can either try to fix it yourself by replacing the gasket or other small faucet part that is part of the sealing process, or you can call in an experienced sewer and drain technician.
3. Watch Out for Slow Drains
Does a sink or tub in your building take a long time to slowly drain water? This is not normal and can indicate a growing problem in your plumbing system. Aside from being an annoyance to your customers and staff members, the problem can grow over time and become much more serious. If you notice slowly draining water, it is probably time to bring in a professional plumber to assess the situation and fix the problem before it becomes worse (and more expensive).
4. Locate Your Cut Off Valve
Your cut off valve is the thing that will keep your building from completely flooding should you notice a leak, backup, or other plumbing issue. The cut off valve essentially turns off the water supply to your pipes so that no more damage can be done until the plumbing issue is fixed. This is a last resort strategy to keep in your back pocket should you encounter a plumbing issue despite regular maintenance (or if you become lax on the maintenance of your plumbing).
5. Schedule Regular Plumbing Inspections
The best kind of preventative maintenance of commercial plumbing is having an experienced technician conduct an inspection at regular intervals. Many plumbing issues are not immediately obvious until they become bigger problems, and you want to make sure your business never gets to that point.
At All County Sewer and Drain Inc., our experienced sewer and drain technicians are always available to keep your commercial plumbing working its best. Whether you are looking for an inspection or you have a plumbing issue of any size, we will make sure your business is not interrupted – or interrupted as little as possible – as we get everything back in working order. With regularly scheduled inspections, you will be able to have peace of mind about your plumbing.