If you run a business, your commercial building’s plumbing system is probably not top of mind on most days. It’s only when problems crop up that you’re likely to start paying attention.
But, a proactive approach to common commercial plumbing issues can prevent more serious damage to your commercial property. That’s why we’re highlighting the four most common commercial plumbing problems, along with tips on how to know when it’s time to consult with a professional plumber.
Leaking Faucets & Fixtures
Leaky faucets and fixtures are easy to ignore. A few errant drops of water on the floor or a dripping faucet might seem trivial, at least at first. But when left unchecked, leaking faucets and fixtures can lead to more severe problems in the long run.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.”
Getting to the bottom of leaky faucet issues can be tricky, but there are some do-it-yourself steps you can try to fix leaks on your own. If you don’t like the idea of taking your fixtures apart or trying to find replacement parts on your own, you should enlist the services of a professional plumber, who can often fix problems much more efficiently.
Excessively running toilets can be caused by several issues, including normal wear and tear, broken parts, or even mineral deposits. While a running toilet might seem like a minor inconvenience, a small problem can escalate over time, wasting hundreds of gallons of water and significantly increasing your water bill.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can check before you contact your plumber.
First, look at the chain that connects the handle of the toilet to the flapper inside the tank. Often a small adjustment to the chain can solve the problem. If the chain is broken, replace it.
Next, check for mineral deposits that might be keeping the flapper from closing properly. If you find mineral deposits, clean the flapper thoroughly.
If you have frequent issues with mineral deposits throughout your plumbing system, a water treatment system can remove sediment and minerals to protect your fixtures and pipes from further damage. Consider installing this specialized equipment.
If your toilet is still running after you’ve tried these basic tips, contact a licensed plumber to evaluate the problem.
Clogs are an annoying problem that can crop up quickly, cause water damage, and even turn off customers. Clogs most often occur in toilets, usually as a result of flushing paper products or debris that should never be flushed down the toilet.
Grease is also another common cause of clogs, typically in restaurant environments. But grease clogs can also occur in your facility’s break room if employees pour grease or food scraps down the sink.
While many clogs can be cleared with a simple plunger, if you’re dealing with frequent clogging or a slow drain, these can be indicators of a more serious problem. For example, pipes can become blocked over time by tree roots. Older pipes can crack or break down, interfering with the flow of water.
If you find yourself dealing with frequent clogging in sinks, toilets, or drains, it’s time to call in a professional plumber to test the system and correct any underlying problems.
No Hot Water
Access to hot water is essential for most businesses. That’s why it’s so important to have your commercial water heater inspected on a regular basis to ensure it is working properly.
Hot water heaters break down for a variety of reasons, from old age to rust and sediment build-up. Unfortunately, many breakdowns result in devastating leaks that can lead to extensive water damage.
If your hot water heater stops working, Garden Spot Mechanical offers 24/7 emergency service to repair or replace your water heater. Just call 717-833-2891 in northern Lancaster and southern Lebanon counties in Pennsylvania.
While this isn’t a complete list of every plumbing problem your business is likely to encounter, keeping an eye out for issues in these areas can save water and prevent many more significant issues.
Nip Commercial Plumbing Problems in the Bud
Based in Manheim, PA, Garden Spot Mechanical offers a full range of commercial plumbing services, including 24/7 emergency service throughout the northern Lancaster County and southern Lebanon County area. Contact our certified technicians for fast, professional service you can count on.