Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

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 preventing toilet clogs 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.

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.

Before we discuss what you can do to prevent plumbing emergencies, let’s take a look at common plumbing problems on commercial properties:

  • Clogged toilets
  • Overflowing toilets
  • Foul sewer smell inside restrooms
  • Water that is too hot (scalding temperatures)
  • Burst pipes
  • Leaky faucets and shower heads
  • Clogged sink and shower drains

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 over-flowing toilet.

Sometimes, people (especially teenagers) are just reckless and they clog toilets on purpose. Of course, the duty and expense of clearing the clogged toilet to 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 understandable, 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 are unable to 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 plumbing emergencies, the best thing you can do is keep a close eye on your building’s plumbing for potential clogs and leaks, and have a plumber perform a professional drain cleaning periodically.

If you recognize signs of a problem, such as a slow-draining sink drain, or a drippy faucet, or water that is too hot or too cold, don’t wait. Contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. in Kansas City immediately to schedule a service call.

The sooner that you fix a plumbing issue, the better because you’re potentially preventing a minor problem from turning into a major one!

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