For commercial property owners, keeping up with the plumbing and drain cleaning can be a dreaded (and often forgotten) task. Although this oversight is explained by a lack of urgency, the reality is that plumbing problems do happen spontaneously and when they do, they can leave a lot of damage in their wake. Much like an insurance policy, the best way to combat commercial plumbing disasters is by taking preventative measures against them.
For starters, it is always a priority to thoroughly inspect your commercial plumbing after the purchase of a new space, a new lease, or a recent plumbing installation. This will eliminate the potential for future damage, determine if the pipes were installed correctly, and pick out any problems such as back-flow or cross-contamination from draw lines entering the fresh water supply lines.
The frequency requirement for a full commercial plumbing inspection boils down to the nature of the property, as well as the business. For example, a restaurant would benefit from having their plumbing inspected more frequently than a retail store. By setting an appropriate schedule on the calendar, you can largely reduce the risk of clog or deterioration.
The age of your system will also determine the frequency requirement, as older plumbing might begin to show signs of pinhole leaks, low water pressure or even bad taste. Keeping an eye out for a spike in your water bill expenses may also reveal faulty plumbing problems.
Scheduling a full professional plumbing inspection once a year should help your business avoid any unpleasant surprises. In fact, maintaining an annual plumbing routine will help with the following, as well:
- Identify any health hazards, lead, and potential bacteria contamination
- Locate any cracks and breaks in pipes
- Determine corrosion levels
- Prevent water damage from blowouts
- Identify and locate clogs
- Determine the amount of useful life left in your pipes
- Allow preparation for replacement
- Ensure proper installation of plumbing system
- Ensure system is up-to-date with all modern plumbing codes
While you should always reach out to a trained plumbing professional in the event of an emergency, Maintainit now offers full commercial plumbing inspections to ensure the safety and reliability of your commercial space. An experienced plumber can catch telling signs of drain performance problems, which can save you tons of money in reparation costs. Spare yourself the headache of waiting until it’s too late! Contact our Maintainit experts at (905) 696-0486 to discuss annual plumbing inspections.