Going from the cooler months of spring to the blazing months of summer can put a strain on the plumbing in your commercial buildings. Sustaining proper plumbing maintenance will not only help prevent future problems but also save your business money in the long run.
Follow these tips to keep your commercial property plumbing in top condition during the summer months and avoid any breakdowns.
Plumbing Tips 1 - Checking The Water Heater
Consistently check your water heater for signs of leakage, rust, or other problems. Make sure you look at your property’s water heater hardware and other parts to see if there are any signs of corrosion. You can use a bright flashlight to inspect underneath and around the bottom, or you can run your hand all around under the base to see if you feel water. A typical water heater tank lasts around 10-15 years depending on the model and level of maintenance.
Plumbing Tips 2 - Checking Sprinkler Systems
Check your facility’s sprinkler systems thoroughly for leaks and inspect and clean sprinkler heads at the beginning of the season. If you find that any of the sprinkler heads are rusted, damaged, or not working make sure to replace them as soon as possible. Sprinkler systems are notorious for wasting water, and sometimes leaks can spring from underground making it difficult to spot the source of the leak.
Plumbing Tips 3 - Checking Sewer Pipes
Check your sewer pipes regularly, especially after heavy rainfall because summer rain showers can put a strain on sewer systems. If the sewer drains can’t keep up with the surge of water, backups may end up happening and cause a clog in your drains. That could result in foul odors coming from your pipes, or partial draining from the pipes in your bathroom and lunchroom sinks.