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Common Plumbing Issues for Commercial Buildings

As a business owner, there’s a lot that you have to think about. From attracting customers to improving your products and/or services, your attention is mostly focused on growing your business. However, it’s also important to think about things that could inhibit your business, like a problem with your plumbing. 

The 7 Most Common Plumbing Issues

It doesn’t matter how modern your building is or how recently your plumbing was installed, every business experiences plumbing headaches eventually. In fact, commercial plumbing is much more likely to fail than residential plumbing due to the amount of use commercial appliances get. This has the potential to create serious problems for business operations.     

Depending on the severity, plumbing issues cause challenges that range anywhere from being a minor annoyance to something that forces your business to shut down for multiple days. One of the best ways to be proactive and minimize downtime is to recognize common issues as soon as they happen. This will allow you to react quickly and get the help of a commercial plumbing repair technician before the problem gets worse.  

Faucet Leaks

When a faucet starts leaking, most people tend to ignore it because it seems like something minor or because it’s fairly common. While it is one of the most common plumbing repairs, it is anything but minor when it comes to your wallet. Try viewing it from the macro level, in a year, a leaky faucet can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That’s a lot of money down the drain.

Clogged Toilet

Although commercial toilets are normally designed to handle a substantial amount of abuse, compared to a home toilet, they still get clogged from time to time. And since commercial toilets usually see more traffic than their residential counterparts, clogs tend to happen more frequently. While clogs can typically be resolved with an average plunger, that’s not always the case. In this situation, you’ll need to call in a professional—like the technicians at A&G Services.

Running Toilet

Another toilet-related plumbing problem is the running toilet. Have you ever noticed your toilet seemingly draining water endlessly or flushing at random intervals? This is an indication that there is something seriously wrong. If this is happening to your toilet, you’ll want an expert to take a look at it as soon as possible, before it starts costing you money. 

Water Temperature

Water heaters are essential for business, especially for businesses like hotels and motels. However, these machines are complex and prone to various issues. To avoid any disruptions, it’s important to keep it properly maintained. Investing in preventative maintenance will ensure your heater is inspected and maintained regularly. 

Sewer Odor

Not every plumbing problem is caused by damage, and this is one of them. In certain situations, the pipework in your building may start emanating foul odors. Not only is this extremely off putting to customers, it also suggests that there is likely a sewage block. Dry pipes are usually the culprit behind this type of problem.

Low Water Pressure

There are many factors that contribute to low water pressure. Common causes include:

  • Clogs
  • Faulty fixtures
  • A high demand for water
  • Closed water valve
  • Broken pressure regulator

However, it can also be an indicator of something more serious like a corroded pipe

Damaged Pipes

Most commercial buildings contain a lot of piping spread throughout the structure and property. The bigger the facility is, the more piping is needed. Since these pipes are used to transport a large amount of water on a regular basis, they are susceptible to damage like cracking, splitting, and bursting. It’s easy to find damaged pipes when they are out in the open, but some are hidden in places like underneath the ground. It’s in your best interest to reach out to a professional if you suspect you have a damaged pipe. 

Business Plumbing Services

If you are experiencing any of these problems, or other issues with your plumbing, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professionals at A&G Services. At A&G, we offer a comprehensive list of commercial and industrial plumbing services that range from preventative maintenance to retrofits.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can benefit your business.