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Common Commercial Plumbing Issues

Whether you’re a business owner or a manager, there’s one thing you know for sure: You can’t afford to have plumbing “problems.” After all, time is money!

When it comes to DIY practices for preventing toilet clogs, clogged drains, and leaky faucets at home, you’re probably pretty good at maintaining your plumbing, but when it comes to controlling how employees, customers, and visitors take care of the plumbing in your building – not so easy and is part of why commercial plumbing can be so important.

Whether you’re running a small business, a retail store, or an office building, you need the plumbing to work smoothly. If you’ve been at it a while, you already know that plumbing problems are inevitable.

Aside from mentioning “proper plumbing maintenance” in an employee meeting, there’s not much you can do about what people flush down the toilet, but that doesn’t mean the situation is a hopeless one.

There are still some practical things that you can do as a business owner, property manager, or other managers to help reduce the number and frequency of plumbing emergencies on your property.

Commercial Plumbing Repair Services

Before we discuss what you can do to prevent plumbing emergencies and having to call a commercial plumber, let’s take a look at common commercial plumbing problems that we often see on commercial properties and that we offer as a commercial plumbing repair service:

  • Overflowing commercial toilets
  • Clogged toilets
  • Running toilets 
  • Broken toilet handles
  • Foul sewer smell inside the restrooms
  • Commercial water heater issues – Water that is too hot (scalding water temperature problems), or your hot water heater not providing hot water
  • Burst pipes
  • Leaky pipes
  • Leaky faucets and shower heads
  • Commercial drain clogs 
  • Clogged sewer line from buildup
  • Low water pressure
  • Grease trap full or has blockages

Commercial Plumbing Maintenance Services

One of the best ways to prevent costly visits from a commercial plumber is to perform commercial plumbing maintenance regularly.  

Utilizing a licensed plumber to routinely perform commercial plumbing maintenance can prevent serious problems.

Commercial properties can benefit from plumbing maintenance services by potentially preventing issues with water heaters, leaky faucets, and sewer smells to prevent clogged toilets or other blockages requiring a plumber to come on-site.

Let our commercial plumbers take care of your building’s plumbing maintenance needs!

Cleaning Services For Commercial Plumbing

One of the biggest issues that plague commercial property owners is clogged toilets, hands down. Often, an employee or a customer will be careless about what they flush down the toilet. They’ll flush feminine products, diapers, paper towels, or too much toilet paper down the toilet, and before you know it, you have a clogged and/or overflowing toilet.

Sometimes, people (especially teenagers) are just reckless, and they clog toilets on purpose with all types of blockages, which can cause serious problems such as water leaking and overflowing and possible water damage. Of course, the duty and expense of clearing the clogged toilet and any plumbing repairs will fall upon the business or property owner.

Most property owners and managers, whether they’re dealing with a store, restaurant, gym, hospital, or office building, have all had to deal with clogged toilets on a regular basis, and it’s understandably their least favorite part of their job.

Whenever you experience a plumbing emergency like a clogged or overflowing toilet, you want to handle it immediately. If you cannot clear the clog with a handy plunger or a snake (drain auger), your next line of defense is to call a professional plumber.

In order to prevent emergency plumbing situations, the best thing you can do is keep a close eye on your building’s plumbing for potential clogs and leaks and have a commercial plumber perform a professional drain cleaning periodically (many commercial plumbing services can involve proper maintenance of a commercial building’s plumbing system.

If you recognize signs of a problem, such as a slow-draining sink drain, a drippy faucet, or water that is too hot or too cold, don’t wait. Contact the plumbing contractors at A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. in Kansas City immediately to schedule a service call for one of our plumbing experts to get onsite and provide an estimate for any commercial plumbing systems’ issues they find.

There are other signs that you have a problem, such as a sharp increase in your water bill from a silent leak, burst pipes, or other common plumbing issues related to water leaking.

The sooner that you fix a plumbing issue, the better because you’re potentially preventing a minor problem from turning into a major one! Call or contact the plumbing company that homeowners and business owners trust throughout the Kansas City metro for commercial and residential plumbing; A-1 Sewer & Septic!