Why Is Commercial Plumbing Maintenance Important?
Commercial buildings in the UK heavily rely on their plumbing systems, which are constantly used. The cost and disruption caused by plumbing problems can be significant. This blog will explore practical tips for maintaining your commercial plumbing system, thus preventing costly repairs.
Regular plumbing maintenance inspections provide numerous benefits:
- Early identification of problems to prevent costly emergencies.
- Removal of safety hazards in the workplace.
- Reduction in system clogging, enhancing customer experience.
- Extension of the plumbing system’s lifespan.
Commercial Plumbing Maintenance Tips and Tricks
Don’t Ignore Minor Issues: It is often all too easy to ignore minor plumbing issues or promise yourself you will sort it tomorrow (but tomorrow never comes). Pay attention to early warning signs like reduced water pressure or increased water bills. Addressing these issues early can save time, money, and frustration.
Examine the Water Pressure: Do you know what your water pressure should comfortably sit at? Use a pressure gauge to check water pressure regularly. Consider a pressure regulator to maintain stable water pressure levels. Clear sediment build-up in showerheads regularly to improve pressure.
Non-Flushable Items Should Go in the Bin: Some things that have been flushed down the toilet are astonishing. Items either come back to the surface – bringing a lot of water with them – or sit in your drains, slowly clogging them up until nothing can get through (and everything comes back out the top! Educate staff about the consequences of flushing inappropriate items. Posting signs in bathrooms can be an effective reminder.
Protect Pipes from Freezing: Winter is when your plumbing system will get under pressure – particularly in older buildings where the pipes may be older or slightly compromised. Insulate your pipes well to protect them during the winter months and prevent them from freezing and bursting in winter. Professional insulation is advisable.
Upgrade Your Building’s Pipes: If your building is older, it may be time to consider a complete re-pipe for a safer and less problematic plumbing setup. Pipework in older buildings will become more damaged and compromised over time, so rather than wait for a pipe to burst (that could damage or destroy business items), set aside some budget and get ahead of your plumbing system to avoid a costly and lengthy repair.
Install a Water Softener: Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire are known for their tough water. Hard water can lead to heavy mineral deposits in pipes and damage pipework over time. A water softener can protect pipes and improve water quality.
Be on the Lookout for Blocked Drains: Have you noticed a foul smell outside your building or in your toilets? Look for signs like slow drainage, foul odours, and gurgling drains—instruct people to avoid disposing of objects that can cause clogs. If you have a blocked drain, call a professional plumber immediately before that clogged drain unclogs in the middle of your office.
Know Your Shut-off Valves: Knowing the location of shut-off valves is crucial for quickly addressing emergencies like burst pipes or overflows. A shutoff valve is usually located in the same area as where the water enters your building. If unsure where this is, it’s worth speaking with the caretaker or landowner or consulting your premises documents.
Conduct Preventative Maintenance Checks: Preventative checks should be in place to help you reduce the likelihood of facing a plumbing emergency in the workplace. Make it a priority to conduct regular inspections, including checking for leaks, testing water pressure, cleaning drains, inspecting valve performance, and assessing the water heater.
Partner with Reliable Plumbing Experts: Having a reliable plumber on your speed dial is always handy for emergency plumbing needs. A professional plumber ensures smoother operations and can provide maintenance, repair, and installation services. The best phone numbers to get us on are 07791 041 208 or 01442 462431. Store us in your phone before you forget!
Pritchards Plumbing: Your Partner in Commercial Plumbing Maintenance
Pritchard’s Plumbing represents excellence in plumbing services across the UK. Catering to residential and private clients, they offer various services, including routine maintenance, emergency call-outs, leak detection and repair, pipe installation, drain cleaning, boiler services, and bathroom and kitchen plumbing. Their 24/7 emergency response team is always ready, ensuring minimal disruption during plumbing crises.
Pritchard’s Plumbing isn’t just a service provider but partners in maintaining a safe, comfortable, and efficient environment. Their tailored solutions are designed to alleviate plumbing problems efficiently. Contacting Pritchard’s Plumbing for a consultation or service scheduling can bring peace of mind and ensure a plumbing system is in perfect working order.
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In summary, regular maintenance and prompt attention to issues are vital to preventing expensive repairs in commercial plumbing. Partnering with reliable experts like Pritchard’s Plumbing ensures your plumbing system’s longevity and efficiency, contributing to your business’s smooth operation.
We have supported homes and businesses in and around the home counties with their plumbing needs. From emergency call-outs to scheduled repairs and plumbing refits, our team are experienced and gas safety registered. For more information or to book a consultation and quote for any plumbing work you need to discuss, contact our helpful team today.