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How to Prevent Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

Running your business smoothly on a daily basis involves a lot of time and effort on your part, and unexpected plumbing problems can add lots of extra stress to your already busy day. The best way to lower your risk of plumbing issues is through prevention! Here are some of the most common commercial plumbing problems and how to prevent them:

How to Prevent Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

Plumbing Issue #1 – No Hot Water / No Water Pressure

Causes: water heater pilot light is out, has a bad thermocouple or gas valve, or has a rusted burner

Prevention: Having your water heater checked and maintained yearly by a professional will help ensure your water heater stays in good shape. If the technician sees the burner rusting or a part going bad, you can have the water heater repaired before things get worse and water temperature or pressure unexpectedly drops.

Plumbing Issue #2 – Clogged Toilets

Causes: too much waste or inappropriate items being flushed, hard water mineral deposits, drain line issues

Prevention: Post signs in your restrooms that warn visitors against flushing items that should not be flushed. Flush waste and toilet paper separately when necessary. Use a water softener if your building has hard water.

Plumbing Issue #3 – Sewer Odors

Causes: damaged drain line, dried out drain trap

Prevention: Have your plumbing checked regularly by a professional. Have old drain lines and drain traps replaced as they age.

Plumbing Issue #4 – Clogged Drains

Causes: grease or soap build-up, excessive food waste

Prevention: Use noncorrosive bacterial drain cleaner on pipes at the end of the day when plumbing will no longer be used for the night and allow as much time as possible for it to work through your plumbing system. Avoid dumping grease or oil down the drain – instead, collect them in a jar and dispose of the jar in the trash when full.

Plumbing Issue #5 – Leaking Fixtures

Causes: rust and corrosion, faulty faucets, too much water pressure

Prevention: Make sure your fixtures are replaced when they reach old age, and consider PVC plumbing when replacing pipes as the material does not corrode. Adjust water pressure when necessary.

Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating is an Eldersburg plumbing contractor dedicated to providing honest service and quality workmanship to all of our commercial and residential customers throughout the state. We do our best to assist you in preventing plumbing issues but are also available 24/7 in case of emergencies that aren’t as easy to prevent.

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