From cracked pipes to clogged drains, sometimes the simplest plumbing issues can be the most frustrating for your business. In this blog post, we’ll share 10 steps you can take as a business owner to prevent leaks, mold and plumbing damage.
Run your taps often
When you rarely use certain taps, water can collect in the pipe beneath them and sit untouched for a long time. Because of this, you should run taps for a few minutes in advance to flush out ‘old’ water before using them.
Leave faucets open in winter
Is your business located in a region with a cold winter climate? If you’re worried a pipe could freeze overnight and burst as a result, leave the faucet slightly open to let water flow through and prevent it from freezing.
Fix leaks immediately
Leaks can do serious damage if left unfixed, including causing the materials used to construct your building to deteriorate. If you spot a leaking faucet, call a plumber as soon as you can and have it repaired.
Clean your exterior drains
During autumn, fallen leaves can block up drains around your business. Take a walk around the perimeter of your building during autumn and remove leaves and other blockage-producing hazards from exterior drains.
Check joints frequently
Even the strongest pipes can leak if their joints aren’t adequately cared for. If you’re worried about leaks, check that your connecting valves and other joints are in great condition every few months.
Keep plumbing items on hand
From the two types of plungers (you’ll need one closet plunger and one for drains) to caustic soda, it pays to keep everyday plumbing and maintenance accessories on hand if you frequently deal with plumbing issues.
Clean up spills immediately
As well as repairing leaking pipes and faucets immediately, it’s important that you clean up the water that spills from them as soon as possible. Left untouched, water from leaking pipes can lead to mold and other health hazards.
reate a drain etiquette guide
Do you operate a restaurant, café or bar? If so, create a drain etiquette guide that explains to employees what they can and can’t dispose of in the sink. This simple tactic helps prevent blocked drains and annoying repairs.
Install faucet aerators
Is your business using more water than it needs to? If you frequently run the tap in the kitchen, washroom or elsewhere, install an aerator to cut down the total amount of water you use and reduce your water bills.
Don’t pour boiling water in the drain
Many people believe that boiling water is the ultimate solution to blocked drains or other workplace plumbing issues. More often than not, it actually results in damage to your plumbing. Make it a rule not to pour boiling water down any of your drains.