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Common Plumbing Issues Commercial Customers Face

A good business should work like a well-oiled machine. This includes all aspects of the business, from day to day operations, sales and general upkeep of the property itself – and that includes the plumbing.

The plumbing in your commercial building, whether it be an office, hotel or restaurant should be checked regularly to ensure that it is working in pristine condition. Plumbing problems can result in downtime which will affect the productivity of your business and as result can cost you a lot of money.

That is why it’s important to maintain your plumbing, so your business can keep on keeping on, without costly downtime. In this post, we will take a look at some common plumbing issues you may face and how to deal with them in a timely manner.

Leaking Pipes

Leaking can be a major issue if left untreated. Older buildings have old plumbing systems and over time can develop leaks. Pipes, faucets, toilets, and sinks have the potential to leak and a leak left untreated will result in moisture build up. Then you have a problem. The moisture from the leaks can be detrimental to the structural integrity of walls and floors. They also pose a threat to human health as moisture build-up can lead to mould growing, which has been linked to respiratory diseases – so it’s a good idea to get your commercial building checked on a regular basis to catch the problem before it gets out of hand.

Drain Clogging

Clogging of drains and pipes tends to be more common in commercial buildings than in residential buildings usually due to care factor. People tend to be more concerned about their own property rather than someone else’s. They are more likely to throw food scraps and other debris that can cause clogging down the drain. Clogged drains can cause nasty odours and a fully clogged drain will result in the area being decommissioned until a plumber has the chance to come in and fix the problem.

Hot Water

Commercial hot water systems work a lot harder than those on residential properties due to the sheer volume of use. Commercial hot water systems should be inspected every few months to ensure they are working correctly and efficiently. If you notice you are having problems, you may need to clean out your system or call the professionals to thoroughly service your hot water system.

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Stinky Sewer Smells

Stinky sewer smells emanating through your building can be a real turn off, especially in the restaurant industry. After all, who wants to chow down food in a restaurant that stinks? A stinky office will also affect your business and maybe even the productivity of your employees who can only work one-handed because they are using their other hand to block their nostrils. Stinky sewer smells are generally caused by blockages or leaky pipes so it’s best to get them inspected and fixed as soon as you are aware of the smells.

Water Pressure Woes

Lack of water pressure is a common problem in commercial buildings. The extensive network of plumbing beneath the floor and in the walls is susceptible to leaks. This, in turn, will result in a lack of water pressure and should be addressed sooner rather than later.

Silent Leaks

Another issue common in commercial buildings is silent leaks. Silent leaks are hard to identify because there is a very little visible indication which makes them hard to identify. The area will have a build-up moisture and if left untreated can lead to major problems down the track.

Running Toilets

This is a very common problem in the commercial arena. The toilets in commercial buildings are used a lot more than in residential and it is quite common for them to malfunction as the parts degrade due to them be used so frequently. It’s a good idea to have a plumber regularly service your building and inspect all aspects of the plumbing – and this includes the bathrooms.

So, when was the last time you had your building serviced by a licensed plumber? If your answer was never, or you can’t remember, it may very well be time to call up your local plumber get them in for a routine inspection to avoid costly repairs in the future. So, keep your business running like tap work and avoid downtime that can affect your profit margins.


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