If you’re managing a commercial property, you probably have better things to do with your time than to worry about the condition of the plumbing system. Still, you certainly don’t want sewer pipes rupturing everywhere and drains getting clogged. The best way to make sure that your commercial plumbing system doesn’t have frequent issues is to take proactive steps to keep it in good condition. That means following the tips below.
Scheduling Preventive Maintenance
Most of the issues that start to develop in a plumbing system happen very subtly, at first. This is doubly true for commercial buildings, where people are often distracted by work or other responsibilities to pay much attention to the plumbing. Issues that do start to give off symptoms often do so after they’ve been around long enough to start causing damage to the system. Obviously, you don’t want to wait until the system has already suffered damage to fix whatever the core problem is. That’s why preventive maintenance is so important.
It’s a good idea to schedule preventive maintenance for your commercial plumbing system at least once every year or two. Your plumber can closely examine the system, identify any issues, and repair them before they have a chance to develop further. This both increases the efficiency of your commercial plumbing system, and makes it less likely to develop problems in the future. You can save thousands of dollars on repair costs for your plumbing system by consistently scheduling preventive maintenance.
Preventive maintenance does quite a bit to limit the amount of issues that a commercial plumbing system is likely to deal with. However, it’s not foolproof. There is still a chance that you will have to deal with a commercial plumbing problem between maintenance appointments at some point. If and when that happens, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the signs that something is wrong with the system. The faster you can identify a problem, the faster you can have it repaired.
Keep an eye out for dropping water pressure, either in a part of the building or throughout the entire place. This could be due to a leak or blockage in the system. You should also watch for any obvious leaks or signs of water damage. Even a small leak can cause an immense amount of damage if it is left alone for long enough. Water damage remediation is not cheap, so catching it earlier is much better than catching it after it’s rotted out an entire area.
If you happen to notice any mineral deposits around the faucets on the property, you might want to have your pipes checked for lime scale. Lime scale can restrict the flow of water through the system, making the plumbing operate less efficiency. It also has a tendency to harden if it isn’t removed quickly enough, necessitating replacing the entire pipe.