Many businesses have been closed due to the COVID-19 and while you have been home, the plumbing system at your office has also been on a mini-vacation as it has not been used during the weeks to months you have been away. So, unbeknownst to you, there might be a variety of issues that you will need to attend to once you return. Plumbing problems are expected to happen to anyone at any time, especially during times of inactivity. So, as many people are returning to their offices, let’s take a look at a few things you should check for upon your arrival.
Main Water Valve
The main water valve is what controls all of the water that enters the building. This should’ve been turned off before you left as it would protect you from any water damage in the event a leak were to occur. So, upon your return, you will want to turn it back on and check to see that everything is working properly as it should. If you happen to notice anything unusual, you may want to seek professional assistance.
Make sure you are also checking around the toilets, faucets, showers, water heater, and any other pipes for leaks. One of the most clear-cut signs of a leak is a small pool of water around it. However, a not-so-obvious sign of a water leak is a wet pipe, so you will want to feel around for that as well. Another tactic is to take your socks off and walk around the flooring to see if you feel any damp or cold spots because those may be an indicator of a leak underneath the floor.
The sump pump is the first line of defense whenever there is an excess of water due to heavy rain or leaks. Similar to the main water valve, this is something that should have been checked before you closed down. So, when you return, you will want to check it once again to ensure it is working as it should. One way to do so is to pour a bucket, or water the pit with a hose to make sure that it is draining the water automatically.
Another thing you will want to look into is the material your supply lines are constructed out of. If they are made of plastic, it might be time to upgrade them to stainless steel because plastic supply lines are much more fragile and may have been damaged during the time away.
These are just a few things you will need to check for once returning to your business to ensure that the plumbing is working as it should. If you notice anything alarming, be sure to call All County Sewer and Drain at 1 (800) 834-3102 as soon as possible to take a look and remedy the situation!