The plumbing system is often neglected even though it is vital to keeping a business’ operations smooth and trouble-free. Compared to those servicing residential buildings and houses, commercial plumbing often suffers more from these problems because people tend to be more careful in using their own faucets and toilets than those in restaurants, hotels, and offices.
With that said, entrepreneurs and the owners of the commercial building should understand the most common plumbing problems they might encounter and how to prevent them.
Clogged Toilets and Drains
Clogging is arguably the most common plumbing issue in both residential and commercial buildings, but it is also one that can easily be prevented. Based on experience, professional plumbing companies reveal that this matter is often caused by solid waste being dumped into the toilet or the kitchen sink drain.
Because of this, they highly recommend throwing things like feminine napkins, tissue, floss, bandages, medications, kitty litter, hair, and others in the garbage instead of flushing them down. In the case of the kitchen sink, be sure to avoid dumping down grease, fatty and starchy food like potato peelings, leftover pasta and rice ,as well as stringy food waste like corn husks and celery.
Low Water Pressure
Water pressure is a critical factor in maintaining a satisfactory plumbing system. To avoid having this kind of problem, be sure to check if the pressure regulating valve is working properly. Sometimes, the issue may be as simple as a partially closed valve, so it is best to have your plumbing system checked by professionals regularly.
Leaks are also considered a common plumbing problem in commercial establishments, which often result in low water pressure and an excessively high utility bill. To prevent the problem from getting worse, watch out for warning signs including damp floors or walls, staining, and the emergence of molds. To avoid having to deal with this issue altogether, make sure to have your plumber conduct a regular check-up of pipes and other fixtures connected to your plumbing system.
Running toilets often cause unexpectedly high utility bills and usually originate from those parts of the toilet that are involved in its flushing feature, such as the float, flapper valve, and fill tube. While it may be solved by jiggling these parts, that’s just a temporary fix. It is still best to seek professional help when dealing with this kind of issue to avoid an even bigger (and more expensive) damage.
Have your plumber check these fixtures habitually, as some running toilet problems are so subtle that they cannot be spotted by the untrained eye.
Foul odor from the sewers is usually a sign that the traps— the U-shaped pipes connecting your drain to the sewer— have already dried up. Since the traps are responsible for preventing sewer smell from wafting up to your sink, it is necessary that water pass through it regularly. That said, avoiding smelly sewers is only a matter of running water through these pipes often.
Low or No Hot Water
Having low or no hot water is a big problem in commercial establishments, especially in where food- and accommodation-related businesses are housed in. When this happens, owners are advised to have their water heater checked for any damages that need to be repaired or adjustments that should be made.
Constant monitoring and check-up of the heater’s anode rod and valves done by professional plumbers are also recommended to avoid further issues. They should also check the tank for possible leaks. Doing this yearly should help prevent major hot water issues in the long-run.