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3 Common Water Issues in Commercial Buildings

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Blocked drains can shut down a sink, room or plumbing zone.

Commercial buildings are a maze of hot-water and cold-water supply pipes and drains. The water lines and sprinkler heads of the fire suppression system complicate the picture. Leaking pipes are everyday occurrences. You learn to expect the occasional flood or pipe break. The only surprise comes when the plumbers run out of problems to fix. Following are the three most common problems faced in commercial plumbing.

1. Small Nuisance Problems

These problems have quick and easy fixes. Dripping faucets and leaking pipes are commonplace in restroom and kitchen areas. Fixing these problems saves water and eliminates the hazards associated with wet floors. Small repairs like this provide plumbers the opportunity to inspect the surrounding plumbing and fixtures. Not every plumbing problem gets reported.

2. Toilet Problems

Toilet design is all about performing the flush using the least possible amount of water. It takes a delicate balance of water volume and pressure for a successful flush. When conditions aren’t correct, the result is a toilet backup. Some problem toilets frequently block. They may need a new flush valve or total replacement.

3. Blocked, Slow and Foul-Smelling Drain Problems

Blocked drains can shut down a sink, room or plumbing zone. A slow drain provides a warning that it will eventually stop completely. Plumbers know that drain-flow problems require prompt attention.

Drain odors from a sink may mean that the trap is dry. A dry trap allows smells and sewer gas to leak into the building. Traps attached to floor drains can dry out as well. Pouring water down the drain is a simple fix for dry traps. If the odor problem persists, it becomes a problem for the custodial staff to handle.

Leaking pipes can cause a flood. The subsequent water damage and the risk of mold are a threat to your business. There are water damage remediation specialists located in the Arlington Heights, IL area. They can help minimize the impact of water damage and keep your business up and running. It all starts with a phone call.

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