Just as with a home, when you own a business you need to keep on top of your plumbing system maintenance to prevent any major problems. And as with a home, some of the biggest problems plumbers encounter at businesses result from a lack of maintenance, when little problems are neglected and grow into big ones. Here are some of the major problems plumbers see at commercial establishments.
Water main break.
This is the most expensive plumbing problem your business could face, and also the most destructive, mostly because of the water damage. But even a break to a smaller pipe, such as a sink pipe, can do a lot of damage.
Once you turn off the water and electricity, you have to take care of the problem as quickly as possible. The range of damage from a break of this sort is extensive – there is bacteria growth to worry about, mold and mildew growth, damage to walls, floors, and any other furnishings.
Regular maintenance is the best way to prevent this catastrophe by having your plumbing system inspected annually, for example.
If caught and corrected early, this is not that expensive to fix. The problem arises, however, if the leak is neglected. It could mean having to replace the entire toilet, and that becomes a major expense.
Toilets in commercial establishments need to be monitored closely because they are used much more heavily than toilets in homes. Leaks should be repaired as quickly as possible.
The same situation holds true for faucets. Faucet leaks are generally quick and easy to take care of. The cause is usually a worn or damaged piece, such as a sealing washer or seat assembly. But again, if the leak is allowed to continue for a longer period of time, other parts of the faucet could be affected, and the entire fixture may have to be replaced.
If not fixed early, these can really be expensive. If allowed to continue, they could result in flooding or other water damage. Fixing the leak can be an expensive proposition itself. It may involve removing walls, ceilings, floors, or other equipment to get at the leak.
These are leaks in places such as water pipes below ground or sewer lines. Repairs to these pipes are often very expensive. To spot the leak, a remote video camera may have to be used. Then, once the location of the leak has been determined, you will have to dig down to the pipes to replace them.
Plumbing Dynamics offers affordable regular inspection services to businesses as well as home in the Dallas regions. Contact us at 214-929-3431 to learn more.