Leaks can range from minor annoyances to catastrophic problems when it comes to commercial plumbing. Hopefully, you’re scheduling preventive maintenance every year or so to make sure that any developing problems are caught before they have a chance to develop too far. Even if you do, though, you still need to keep an eye out for signs that your system has any leaks in it.
The faster you can catch leaks in your system and have them repaired, the more water damage you can prevent. Have a look at the following tips for detecting leaks in your commercial plumbing system between appointments.
Keep an Eye on Your Monthly Water Costs
Your monthly water bills are a good indication of how efficiently your plumbing system is working. If they suddenly start to spike, despite the fact that your commercial building isn’t using more water than it normally does, it might indicate that you have a leak in your system. You should contact a plumber to check your system out for you if you notice this symptom.
Check the Water Meter
This might be difficult, or even impossible, depending on how your commercial system is set up. If you can, turn off all the plumbing appliances in your commercial building and take a look at your water meter. If the meter is still running, it could indicate that you have a leak in the system. Some leaks are small enough that they don’t register in this way, though.
Falling Water Pressure
If the water pressure in your building is dropping, it usually means one of two things. Either you have a large leak that’s diverting a lot of water out of your plumbing system, or you have a blockage caused by something like limescale. Either one is not a good thing for the health of your plumbing system. You should have a professional check out your plumbing system if the water pressure in it starts to fall substantially.
Visible Water Damage
Sometimes, even with preventive maintenance and an abundance of caution, leaks can be present long enough to cause visible water damage in the building. If you do happen to notice any visible water damage in your commercial building, it is important that you not ignore it. Any problem that is able to cause visible water damage will likely continue to rot out the area around it if given the chance. You’ll need to have the root cause found and dealt with before it gets any worse.
When it comes to things like plumbing leaks, it’s far better to be safe than sorry. You should make sure that you call for repairs, even if you’re not entirely sure that you have a leak in your building. It may turn out to be nothing, but that’s a better outcome than ignoring a serious issue and letting it damage your building.
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