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The Key Commercial Plumbing Repairs Facility Managers Should Know

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

Hero Facility Services | Commercial Plumbing

Facility Managers know running a successful business involves a myriad of responsibilities, and one aspect that often goes unnoticed until a problem arises is plumbing maintenance. The significance of proactive plumbing maintenance cannot be overstated, as it not only prevents disruptions but also safeguards your business's reputation and bottom line. In this article, we'll delve into the various facets of maintaining commercial plumbing systems to ensure seamless operations and prevent major issues.


DRIPPING FAUCET


A dripping faucet is not only annoying but also wasteful. It's usually caused by a worn-out washer or seal within the faucet. To fix it, turn off the water supply, disassemble the faucet, replace the faulty parts, and reassemble. Regular maintenance, such as checking and replacing washers, can prevent dripping.


LOW WATER PRESSURE


Low water pressure can stem from mineral buildup in pipes, a faulty pressure regulator, or leaks. To address it, clean clogged aerators or showerheads, check for leaks, and ensure the pressure regulator is functioning properly. Regularly flush pipes to prevent mineral buildup.


SLOW DRAINING SINK


Slow-draining sinks are often due to accumulated debris in the drain pipes. Try using a plunger or a drain snake to clear the blockage. Prevent this issue by installing drain screens to catch hair and particles, and avoid pouring grease down the drain


LOW WATER PRESSURE


Low water pressure can stem from mineral buildup in pipes, a faulty pressure regulator, or leaks. To address it, clean clogged aerators or showerheads, check for leaks, and ensure the pressure regulator is functioning properly. Regularly flush pipes to prevent mineral buildup.


CLOGGED TOILET


Clogged toilets are often due to excessive toilet paper or foreign objects. Use a plunger to dislodge the clog. If that doesn't work, a toilet auger might help. Prevent clogs by using minimal toilet paper and avoiding flushing items other than waste and toilet paper.


RUNNING TOILET


A running toilet is often caused by a flapper that doesn't seal properly or a faulty fill valve. Adjust or replace these parts to stop the running water. A running toilet can waste a significant amount of water, so timely repairs are crucial.


FAULTY WATER HEATER


A faulty water heater can lead to inconsistent water temperature or no hot water at all. Check the pilot light (for gas heaters) or circuit breaker (for electric heaters). If needed, replace heating elements or thermostats. Regularly flush the water heater to prevent sediment buildup.


SEWER SYSTEM BACKUP


Sewer system backups can result from clogs or tree root intrusion. Avoid flushing non-flushable items and consider annual sewer line inspections. If backups occur frequently, consult a professional to assess and resolve the issue.


LEAKY PIPES


Leaky pipes can cause water damage and higher bills. For small leaks, use pipe tape or a compound to seal them temporarily. For larger leaks, turn off the water supply and contact a plumber. Regularly inspect pipes and address leaks promptly.


COMMERCIAL PLUMBING REPAIRS DON’T HAVE TO BE A HEADACHE


Preventing these common commercial plumbing issues involves regular maintenance and responsible usage. Educate employees about proper waste disposal and encourage reporting of plumbing problems to address them early. Establish a maintenance schedule and partner with professional facility maintenance companies for complex repairs, ensuring your business operations run smoothly without plumbing disruptions.



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