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Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

January 21, 2014

When it comes to plumbing systems, the commercial variety are a completely different animal.  The size and scale of the system and the different types of equipment involved create different potential problems compared to a residential system.  Below are some of the worst offenders.

Clogged Drains 

Drains get heavy use in commercial facilities, and the most commonly affected type of drain is kitchen sinks.  Depending on the type of industry, various substances can wreak havoc on drains if not properly processed or disposed of elsewhere.  Avoid pouring grease down drains and install a garbage disposal to prevent this from happening.

Leaky Faucets 

Leaky faucets can be one of the most expensive culprits.  It is estimated that a single leaky faucet can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.  In addition, if it is a hot water faucet, it will also waste energy and money on the heating bill.

Clogged Toilets 

Toilets in commercial facilities will get heavy use as well, especially if there are a high number of full-time employees.  Clogs are almost an inevitability in a commercial environment.

Toilet Leaks 

When water does not look to be running but is actually being released, this is termed a “Silent” toilet leak.  Like a leaky faucet, this could waste thousands of gallons of water in a year if not fixed.

Sump Pump Failure 

This problem could be one of the most devastating and should be treated as an emergency.  If you notice your sump pump is leaking, you’ll want to call a plumber immediately.  If left unmitigated, you could suffer massive flooding which could damage your workplace.

If you suffer from any of these problems, your best bet is to call a qualified, trained plumber.  Attempting to fix it yourself could result in further damage if you don’t know what you’re doing.  Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating provides professional commercial plumbing services – contact them today for more information at (443)300-7865.

 


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