Your business may be doing well right now. Sales are good, clients are happy, and you might be considering bringing on new employees or even expanding. However, most often business owners tend to forget the central nervous system of their business location, and that’s the plumbing.
Commercial drain systems tend to see much more wear and tear than that of regular residential systems. If you don’t maintain your plumbing at your business, it can lead to an expensive disaster. However, there are some proactive tips you can follow so you can avoid future catastrophes.
Easy Tips so You Don’t Have Plumbing Surprises
Update Plumbing Hardware at Your Business
It was stated by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety that damage caused by water loss from toilet failure cost between $2,000 and $10,000. If you think about it, you can easily replace rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses. If one of these old rubber hoses explodes when you’re not around, imagine the water damage it could cause.
Drain Water Heater Semi-Annually
You would be surprised how dirty your water heater may become in a commercial environment making it less effective. It’s a good idea to filter the water heater out once a quarter if you tend to have a lot of customers and employees using your break room and bathrooms.
Prevent Pipes Freezing with Insulation
If you are in a frigid climate, it might be a good idea to install insulation to prevent exploding water pipes during the colder months. If you’re not too sure on how to insulate your water pipes, this DIY guide from the department of energy might help you out.
Be Sure to Use the Water Shut-Off Valve
If you run a smaller business and will be out of town for a while, then it may be a good idea to turn off the water shut-off valve in your office. This way, you can avoid a surprise when you’re gone, plus it saves you more on your water bill.
Check all exposed pipes for water leaks
It’s not hard to examine the pipes in your building to make sure nothing is leaking, and if it is, then you can either tighten the pipe or call a plumber to fix the issue.
Calling a Professional for the Plumbing Issues You Can’t Tackle
Calling a licensed plumber can be great if you need anything fixed from leaky pipes to drains that are slow to empty. There also the issue of making sure the sewer lines are clear. Over time, debris can build-up in your drainage lines that go to the sewer main. Traditional methods that use wire cables called snakes or augers may help to clean the drainage line but should be cleaned thoroughly and properly so that reoccurring issues don’t happen.
Keeping your business from the headaches that come from plumbing issues isn’t that difficult. Most of the time it’s from your due diligence using DIY practices. However, plumbing inspections and maintenance are relatively inexpensive. Many companies offer cost-effective service bundled inspections to keep everything in order so you don’t have any surprises to catch you off guard.