How to Prevent Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

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Commercial buildings often have much larger plumbing systems than residential homes, which makes them more susceptible to plumbing problems. In this article, our commercial plumbing experts explain some of the most common problems a commercial building may experience and how to prevent them:

Clogged Drains

In commercial buildings, kitchen drains are often the most commonly clogged drains. To avoid clogs, refrain from dumping certain items down the sink. These include grease, fats, starches that can expand (such as pasta, rice, and potatoes), stringy items like celery or corn husks, and coffee grounds.

Water Temperature Problems

If you’ve noticed that the water in your commercial building doesn’t get hot or doesn’t heat up when it should, you could have problems with your water heater. Like residential water heaters, commercial water heaters also need maintenance and yours may be leaking or in need of an adjustment. Give our commercial plumbing company a call as soon as you start to notice a change in your water temperature.

Sewer Odors

Below your plumbing fixtures are u-shaped pipes (called traps) that travel down from your drain to the sewer. The shape of these pipes helps prevent sewer odors from wafting up the pipes and into your bathroom or kitchen. As long as water runs regularly through these pipes, it will keep sewer odors at bay. However, if the pipes dry out, you may smell some unpleasant odors coming from your drains. Be sure to run water regularly through all of your sinks.

Clogged Toilets

Like kitchen drains, toilets can be easily clogged if certain items are flushed down them. Make sure you throw away, and not flush, things like feminine products, flushable wipes, floss, bandages, medications, kitty litter, hair, and more. Most toilet clogs can be taken care of with a plunger, but some may require more serious remedies.

Fixture Leaks

Many fixture leaks are caused by worn or damaged seals, washers, or O-rings, which isn’t really something you can prevent. However, if you do notice a leak, give our commercial plumbing company a call. We’ll get it fixed quickly and will save you from wasting water.

If you’re having any other plumbing issue, don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible. We’ll assess your situation and get it fixed quickly.

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