One of the most important aspects of commercial plumbing is preventative maintenance. From unblocking clogged drains to catching leaks before they become critical, taking action early can help you reduce costs and avoid expensive plumbing repairs and replacements.
For example, most leaks slowly develop from small problems into major sources of moisture that can damage your drywall, flooring and other aspects of your building’s interior. Catch them early and it’s a cheap, quick and simple repair — catch them late and its often a major expense.
Whether you run a retail store or a restaurant, plumbing is one of the most important aspects of keeping your building or space in top condition. Below, we’ve listed four tips that you can use to prevent problems from occurring ahead of time and avoid costly repair bills.
Leaks are easy to ignore. After all, they usually start out as minor annoyances that only need to be cleaned up every day or two. As such, it’s easy to “forget” about them and fail to take action until it’s too late.
Unfortunately, small leaks can quickly develop into big ones. The more water a leaky pipe lets into your building, the greater risk of it damaging your flooring materials, drywall, or even your electrical equipment.
Leaks should always be fixed as soon as they appear. If you discover a leak — even if it seems like a small, minor problem — call a plumber in to repair it as early as you can to avoid it turning into a source of water damage for your flooring, walls, carpets and electrical devices.
There’s far more to a blocked drain than just a nasty smell. Blocked drains aren’t just sources of frustration for anyone that uses a sink or shower — they can also lead to serious health risks for your staff and customers.
Blocked drains often harbor dirty, stagnant water, which can cause problems for people that are sensitive to bacteria and particles. Certain people can even develop skin problems when they’re forced to spend time close to a blocked drain.
Beyond the health risks, blocked drains are just unpleasant in general. From bad odors to skin irritation, it’s best to deal with blocked drains as early as possible to prevent unwanted effects and annoyances from hurting your staff and customers.
Leaks don’t only come from pipes, although leaky pipes can be a common problem. If you start to notice pools or water or moist surfaces, they could be the result of workplace appliances like a fridge or freezer leaking out into your work area.
Leaks from appliances can be a major health risk. Over time, the moisture — which can often be hidden by the appliance itself — can cause mold and mildew to develop, causing major problems for staff members with allergies.
Try to inspect your pipes and appliances every month, if possible. It only takes a few minutes to open your kitchen cupboards and check around the sink, dishwasher, fridge and other common problem areas.
It can be tempting to solve most “small” plumbing issues on your own. After all, doing so saves time and money. However, many plumbing issues are much more sophisticated and difficult to repair than they initially seem, and taking action on your own often creates more problems.
If you spot a problem, such as a leaky pipe or damaged appliance, call in the experts. While it might cost slightly more than repairing it on your own, you’ll enjoy a better outcome, as well as the peace of mind that your business’s plumbing problems are handled by the professionals.
Our experienced team of plumbers can manage every aspect of your commercial plumbing, from diagnosing and repairing common plumbing issues to installing equipment, carrying out preventative maintenance and more.
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