The 411 On Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

Managing a business can be overwhelming. From hiring and training employees to increasing profit and providing excellent customer service, it is easy to see the challenges of being a business owner. While these are obvious tasks for most, focusing on the underlying function of your building is also necessary. As a business owner or manager, you most likely already understand when the building has an electrical or ventilation issue. However, learning the signs of a plumbing and septic problem can be a bit more difficult. With this guide, you will understand the dangers of a few common plumbing problems in your commercial building.

Causes of Plumbing Problems

Oils, cleaning products, paints, batteries, and various flammable or corrosive materials should be disposed of in safe, legal manners. Without this proper disposal, hazardous materials that contain toxic chemicals can increase the risk of corrosion in your plumbing and septic systems. In addition, these chemicals can permeate the surrounding waterways and air quality, affecting the health and wellness of you, your employees, community members, and nearby wildlife.

Here are a few other causes of plumbing issues you may face in your commercial building:

  1. Restroom Use – From customers and clients to your employees and other visitors, your bathroom facilities most likely see a great deal of use. Using the sink faucets to wash hands and excess flushing of the toilets will place added stress on your building's plumbing and septic system. This stress can increase your risk of leaks, clogs, or a complete failure of your septic system.
  2. Water Usage – If your company uses a large supply of water for cleaning, manufacturing, or other services, the plumbing will face a good amount of stress, as well.

Signs of Plumbing Problems

If you are like most business owners or managers, you will be busy running your company and may not have the time to inspect your building regularly. However, learning the key signs of a problem is smart if you want to prevent expensive repairs and replacements.

One of the most obvious signs of a problem is a leak. Of course, leaks may vary in size and severity. In addition, you may not be able to determine the root cause of the leak, but if you find puddles or even drops of water inside or around the exterior of your building, you should contact a commercial plumber. Also, stains on the walls, ceiling, or floor of your establishment may also be due to water damage caused by an underlying leak.  

A few small drops of water may not seem like an issue compared to other problems you may be facing. However, while it's surprising to learn, an estimated 4000 drips of water is equal to one liter of water. This should prove that even the most minor of leaks can add up to a great deal of water waste.

If your plumbing is corroded, your water quality and color may be affected. Water that is brown or yellow in color is common in corroded pipes. Do not use this water for drinking or manufacturing purposes, since the presence of rust is not only unappealing, but also hazardous to your health. Plumbers will need to replace the corroded pipes to reduce your exposure to rust and improve your water quality.

Lastly, if you smell an odor similar to rotten eggs, you need to inspect your septic system immediately. Sewer gas may enter your building through floor drains or roof/foundation vents. This gas contains a combination of toxic chemicals that are produced by the decomposition of matter in the sewage and plumbing systems. The smell is not only annoying, but it can also affect your respiratory systems. A complete cleaning of your drains and possibly pumping the septic tank will be necessary to restore the system back to health.

With proper understanding, your commercial building's plumbing system can work properly. With this guide and a plumber's help, you can inspect, repair, and prevent a few common commercial plumbing issues.