Many plumbing problems are avoidable with proper inspections and maintenance. Preventative commercial building maintenance allows you to act on any potential issues and prevent them from becoming problems in the future. Keep your business or facility operating well with this maintenance for commercial properties checklist.
7 Items to Check During Commercial Maintenance
Repair Active Leaks
Unrepaired water leaks waste thousands of gallons of water a year and cost your bottom line. Check for signs of active leaks, including water-spots, moisture, puddles, mold, or mildew.
Clear Out Slow Drains
Be sure to address any slow draining sinks and showers before becoming a significant plumbing problem requiring professional help to clear it.
Inspect Sewer Lines
One of the most costly and disruptive plumbing problems is a backed-up sewer main. Call a professional plumber to perform a sewer line inspection to head off any potential issues, including breaks, misaligned pipes, or a tree root intrusion.
Check Water Pressure
While water pressure that’s too low can cause complaints, water pressure that’s too high can damage your pipes. Make sure your building’s water pressure is no higher than 80psi and no lower than 40 psi. If your building has multiple stories, the water pressure may be higher on upper levels, but lower on lower levels.
Inspect Safety Valves
Safety valves ensure that you can turn off the water to certain sections of your building, rather than disrupting the entire building’s water system in the event of a blowout. Be sure to test all safety and shut-off valves in your plumbing system for proper functioning. Replace any broken safety valves promptly.
Check for Signs of Corrosion
Inspect all visible pipes for signs of corrosion, as well as the presence of limescale around water faucets and showerheads. Significant erosion could mean your pipes are nearing the end of their lifespan. You can head off a major problem with a routine inspection.
Test the Backflow
All commercial buildings and large multi-residential buildings must have backflow prevention devices. Conduct annual backflow testing to prevent water in the system from flowing backward and/or being contaminated with other chemicals and substances.
Maintain the Water Heater
Have your commercial water heater inspected annually to ensure proper temperature and check for any visible leaks. Be sure to repair any safety issues immediately.
Also, flush your water heater. Flushing helps prevent rust and sediment from building up at the bottom of the tank. Sediment and rust reduce heating efficiency and shortens the water heater’s lifespan. If you have a tankless water heater, you’ll need to clean the line filter.
Preventative Maintenance for Commercial Properties
When was the last time you had your commercial building’s plumbing system inspected? If it’s been a while, you may be at risk of developing leaks and blowouts. Call a commercial plumber today to schedule preventative maintenance and avoid a major situation.
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