As a new or established business owner, it can be devastating to ignore signs of needed maintenance for your commercial plumbing and need to fix a catastrophic leaking pipe or breakage after it occurs. Fortunately, there are plenty of preventative measures you can keep in mind as you go through your day to day operations that allow you to catch issues before they become unmanageable.
If you notice a sound of constantly running water, this can signal trouble in your sewer lines. Take the time to make sure all faucets and toilets are off and see if you can still hear this running water sound. If you hear that trickling sound overhead or in the walls, it could be the result of faulty drains or a leak in your sewage system.
Unpleasant odors coming from behind walls are often caused by mold and mildew thriving in damp spots. Leaky sewer lines could create an ideal environment for bacterial growth around indoor drains. A smell is a clear indicator that something is not right. Outside smells can be less confirming, but you may notice a distinct smell when pipes leak waste water into your landscaping or business yard.
Slow Drainage Issues
Make sure you occasionally inspect the drains in your commercial building to get a baseline of how fast they drain water. If you or your employees notice a significant slowing in how fast your drain is functioning, you may be dealing with a clogged pipe. For fully clogged pipes, call a licensed commercial plumber as soon as possible. For pipes that may be partly clogged and for regular maintenance, pour a mixture of hot water and white vinegar down your troublesome drains once every three months.
Inspect Your Appliances
It is possible for leaks to occur in places you wouldn’t expect, such as refrigerators or commercial washing machines. If you ever see an unexpected puddle near these appliances, you are at risk for mildew growth or a colony of mold.
Landscaping Impact on Sewer Lines
If you haven’t obtained a schematic of your sewer lines running out from your business, you should find and take a look where those lines are on your property. If there are trees or other large landscaping components above or adjacent to your sewer lines, its possible there may be drain flow issues if the roots interfere with the lines. Avoid planting large trees or shrubs above your lines, and if they are already there, simply monitor your drain flow and call a licensed commercial plumber if there are issues.
Our Grand Rapids commercial plumbing contractors provide a full range of plumbing services for your industrial or commercial building. To schedule an appointment with one of our local plumbers, call K&S Plumbing at (616) 698-6790.