When you own a commercial building or business, you will inevitably need to find a plumbing company at some point. Your plumbing system could fail, pipes can crack, and leaks are common. Even if you’re looking to maintain your plumbing system, it’s still best to have a local plumber lend a helping hand.
It’s important to always be on the lookout for the warning signs that your commercial plumbing needs repairs and below we discuss the most common among them.
When you know the warning signs of plumbing problems, you can catch a problem before it turns into a catastrophe. Doing a walkthrough of your building, looking for signs of clogs, leaks, and other plumbing issues can save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run.
Below are some of the various signs you may be dealing with a clog.
A reduction in water pressure can indicate either a clog or a cracked pipe because both will cause an issue with the flow of water. A slow decrease in your water pressure isn’t urgent, but a quick and drastic reduction is. If the reduction in pressure is sudden, your pipe could be cracked or even broken.
Call a plumbing company immediately if you notice this warning sign.
Foul odors coming from your plumbing system should be addressed right away. There may be something blocking your sewage line allowing noxious gasses to enter your building. Typically, proper maintenance can help avoid these situations, but clogs can still form.
Pay attention to how quickly your sinks and other areas of your plumbing drain water. Slow drainage indicates a clog or blockage in your system. A plumber may have to come in and clean your pipes. Don’t ignore a clog because it seems like a mild frustration. Clogs over time will crack your pipes and cause leaks.
Below are some of the signs you may be dealing with a leak and that it’s time to call a commercial plumber.
Puddles outside and especially inside your property can indicate a leak. If you notice puddles, try to determine the cause and location of the leak. If the puddles are only outside, check the weather report just in case you missed a rain shower!
Water stains are also an indicator of a leak. Check around your pipes and in the area of your plumbing system. You may have to replace your pipes. This problem will only get worse over time.
A warning sign of a leak that you might not consider is a gurgling sound coming from your pipes. A crack or leak in your system can allow air to get trapped in your plumbing. Gurgling can also be a sign of improper venting. Either way, a plumbing company should come check it out.
A significant spike in your water bill can also be due to a hidden plumbing leak. It could be an area of your plumbing system with low visibility where you wouldn’t notice other signs. If you have a high water bill with no other factors that could cause it, a leak is likely the culprit.
There are other things you need to be aware of when it comes to commercial plumbing systems.
If your water appears to have a sudden discoloration where it goes from being clear to murky and brown, there could be rust built up in your line. Build-up like this will worsen over time and cause other problems, like a burst pipe. It’s also not an appealing characteristic for a commercial property to have discolored water.
When there are no leaks or clogs, it’s possible you need to update your pipe material. PVC pipes have a 20-to-40-year life span, and brass pipes have up to 100 years. Corrosion happens naturally over time, and while there are ways to prolong the life of your plumbing system, there is no way to avoid it in the end. When it is time to replace your pipes, make sure to call a professional.
Choose a plumbing company you can trust. Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric has been in business since 1983, and we’re still going strong. Contact us today at 561-391-1048 for all of your plumbing needs! Let our experts guide you through any repairs and with your commercial plumbing system maintenance.