Does Your Commercial Plumbing System Need a Tune Up?

Businesses can spend a lot of money repairing major plumbing problems, or they can spend a little money taking preventive action. Periodic maintenance to a commercial plumbing system will always save you money in the long run and it will reduce the chances of work stoppages due to unexpected shutdowns.

If you have a commercial property, give its plumbing system a tune-up!

Add Drain Cleaning Services to Your Maintenance Routine

Did you know that most plumbing calls are not for big-ticket repairs like sewer line replacement or slab leak repair? The most common calls are for clogged drains in public restrooms, floor drains in warehouses, and industrial sinks in restaurants. Fortunately, most obstructions can be prevented with proactive drain cleaning.

Over time, drains will clog due to the buildup of food waste, human waste, and other debris. It’s only natural for this to happen due to heavy usage. You can combat the effects of normal usage by adding Scour Jet service to your routine maintenance routine.

Insulate Your Building’s Plumbing

Homeowners aren’t the only ones that need to worry about frozen pipes when temperatures dip. Commercial properties are susceptible too, especially businesses that are located in smaller structures or buildings that used to be used for residential purposes. Call your local plumber to discuss what measures you should take to protect your pipes from colder weather.

Tip: Even properties in warmer climates can benefit from insulating services. All it takes is a quick drop in the temperature for pipes used to warmer weather to burst.

Routine Maintenance Checks Are Fast and Easy

Some commercial property owners forgo maintenance checks because they don’t want the normal flow of daily operations to be affected. If you hire a professional, licensed plumber, this won’t happen. However, most business owners can perform the same check on their own and only call in a plumber if they spot a problem.

Here are some things all commercial property owners should keep an eye out for:

  • Be alert for signs of leaks that include water stains and puddles.
  • Check for any exposed piping.
  • Look for corrosion on exposed pipes. Corrosion usually first presents itself as discoloration on pipes.
  • Pay close attention to water pressure. If water pressure is abnormally low, this could be a sign of a leak. Call a plumber for further diagnosis.
  • Be aware of orange, rust-colored water. This is a sign of sediment in the pipes or in the water heater.
  • Check toilets to make sure they flush easily and check toilet mechanisms to make sure they are easy to use.
  • Test all sinks and toilets to make sure there are no drainage issues.

Don’t let your building’s plumbing problems get out of hand. Stay ahead of the situation with routine maintenance. Contact your local plumber to schedule a check today.

Contact Rooter Hero Plumbing

We have over 20 years of experience handling residential and commercial plumbing systems. We have plumbers available to come to your place of business today in parts of Arizona, California, and Texas. Our top-notch technicians are the best of the best!

How Much Do You Know about Commercial Plumbing?

In the plumbing industry, there are different types of plumbing systems. Each one of these systems is designed in a particular way to meet various needs. Examples of the different kinds of systems include:

  • Residential
  • Institutional
  • Industrial
  • Commercial

And, just to keep things interesting, there are subtypes that are under the commercial umbrella. These include medical centers, office building, restaurants, gas stations, etc. The list goes on and on.

Why the distinction between systems? Although all plumbing systems have similar components, each individual system requires special skills set when it comes to installation, maintenance, and service.

How to Pick the Right Plumber for the Job

If you need commercial plumbing installed or repaired, it’s very important you choose the right company to make sure the plumbing system is handled correctly. First and foremost, the plumbing company should carry the correct plumbing contractor’s license. In California, one of the areas Rooter Hero Plumbing operates, that license is called a C-36 California Plumbing Contractors License.

Once you determine the company meet the correct licensing requirements, the next step is determining their expertise. The various commercial plumbing systems and their subtypes have different challenges and require precise training. Plumbers with experience working with industrial systems, for example, will be more likely to accurately troubleshoot the situation and offer long-term solutions instead of applying a Band-Aid to the problem.

Large plumbing companies may have the ability to handle all commercial, industrial, and institutional systems while smaller companies or independent contractors may specialize in just one of these areas.

Picking a plumber with the right experience can also keep your business running with minimal interruptions. A plumber who isn’t comfortable working with commercial systems could end up causing more harm than good and cost you valuable production time.

How Do Commercial Plumbing Companies Help Local Businesses?

The obvious answer is that these companies keep water flowing in the right direction and prevent clogs, leaks, and broken piping. But commercial plumbing companies offer many other services that can benefit a business. Retrofitting, tenant improvement, backflow prevention, design and build services, Scour Jet service and new construction plumbing are just six examples of commercial plumbing keeps properties’ plumbing systems updated and clog-free.

For more information about commercial plumbing, click on the tags below for more articles about these systems or give us a call. We service commercial properties in parts of Arizona, Northern and Southern California, and Texas.

Are Your Basic Commercial Infrastructure Needs being Met?

Commercial properties require working plumbing components to keep their businesses running. If there is a part of the plumbing infrastructure that is weak, this can affect the entire system. Damaged gas lines, clogged water pipes, or backflow issues need to be addressed immediately by industry professionals who have access to the latest technology.

Natural Gas Line

The gas lines that run through your building are designed to work well under the pressure of daily use. Although these lines are built tough, that doesn’t mean that problems won’t arise. Gas leaks, loss of pressure, and other problems require immediate attention.

A gas leak can fires, explosions, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other disastrous consequences. Gas appliances and piping that is poorly fitted or has cracks can cause a gas leak. Businesses can protect their employees, tenants, customers, and actual structure by having their system regularly inspected by a certified plumber.

Water Lines

Commercial water lines are subjected to an enormous amount of usage every day. From flushing toilets to using the sinks, clogs form quickly and water pipes can spring leaks or burst.

If you’re customers or employees are unable to use the facilities without problems at every turn your plumbing needs are not being met. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to make sure the restrooms are in acceptable working order.

One way to do this is to work with a licensed plumber to help you with basic drain cleaning. At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we use our Scour Jet service to thoroughly clean the inside of water pipes, scrubbing away dirt and grime that easily form into tough clogs.

Pipes and drains clog from usage, but they also can develop problems if they are not installed correctly. If you’re continuously dealing with the same drainage issues even after thorough drain cleaning, have a plumber thread a video camera through the pipes to check for problems consistent with incorrect installation.

Waste Water and Backflow Prevention

Backflow prevention is something that all commercial property owners need to be concerned about. All commercial buildings have a waste water collection system in place to make sure sewage doesn’t mix with the potable water supply. Municipalities across the country require commercial properties to submit proof, annually, that their backflow prevention system is working correctly.

Backflow certification companies will perform the necessary checks and submit the paperwork on your behalf, but what happens if there is a problem? Rooter Hero Plumbing meets the needs of its customers by offering both backflow prevention services and repair services. All your needs are taken care of in one place.

Working with a professional commercial plumbing service is the best way to make sure that your basic commercial infrastructure needs are being met. When you have a working plumbing system, your production increases, your building’s occupants are happy, and you don’t have to worry about raw sewage seeping into your building.

Call Rooter Hero Plumbing today to learn more about our commercial plumbing services for businesses in Arizona, California, and Texas.

Types of Water Leaks and the Damage they Cause

Waters leaks in your home or place of business can cause structural problems and other costly damage. If you have a water, you must deal with the problem now before it turns into a bigger issue.

Water leaks fall into one of two categories: hidden leaks and visible leaks. Each one has its challenges and need prompt attention for the best results.

Visible Leaks

Rooter Hero Plumbing technicians deal with these kinds of leaks on a daily basis and know how to remedy the problem right away. Some of the most common visible leaks we repair include bathtub leaks, leaky faucets, dripping showerheads, and leaky/running toilets.

Some of these visible leaks can easily be repaired with a quick silicone seal; whereas others may require parts of the bathtub, shower, sink, or toilet to be replaced. Sometimes replacement is the best way to handle this situation, so you don’t have the same problem reappear weeks later. Why spend your money twice fixing the same problem?

Hidden Leaks

These leaks tend to be the scariest for our customers because, well, they can’t see the source of the leak. Usually, when we get the call for a hidden leak, extensive damage has already occurred to the piping, the walls, ceiling, or slab that is covering the pipe. At this point, not only do homeowners incur the cost to fix the broken pipe but also the damage that has occurred to flooring, drywall, and even furniture and other belongings.

One misconception is that unlike visible leaks there are no symptoms that a hidden leak exists until the water breaks through the slab’s surface or the walls. We’re here to tell you that just isn’t true. Hidden leaks, especially slab leaks, do provide clues. Homeowners that know what to be on the lookout for can often spot these clues early on and save money by attending to the problem immediately.

Here are just a few clues that you may have a hidden leak in your home:

  • Warm spots beneath your feet. If it suddenly feels like you’ve had heated flooring installed, call a plumber.
  • Mold growth or mildew smells. Musky, damp odors in a home are not normal. Mold growth is not normal either. These are indicators that moisture exists in the house. It could quite possibly be a hidden leak.
  • Recent spikes in water bills. Water bills that rise suddenly even though you haven’t increased your usage can be a strong sign that water is leaking someone in your home or on your property.
  • Water stains on flooring, baseboards, walls, or ceilings. Again, this is a strong indicator that something isn’t quite right.
  • Sounds of running water through the walls. If you’re hearing water running through the pipes in your walls when the water isn’t on, call a plumber right away to diagnose if a leak is present.

Don’t Wait – Call a Plumber Today

Leaks – visible or hidden- are not something that should be left alone. Licensed plumbers like the ones at Rooter Hero Plumbing can help you with the following leaks:

  • Under-the-sink leaks
  • Garbage disposal leaks
  • Water pipes leaks
  • Toilet leaks
  • Dripping faucets
  • And, more!

Call a certified plumber to help you diagnose and repair leaks in your home to keep your property watertight and safe.

What Is the Difference between Pipe Bursting vs. Pipe Relining

Broken water pipes or sewer lines require fast and precise repairs. In the past, cured-in-place (CIPP) lining was the go-to repair method. CIPP continues to be cost-effective and highly popular method “replacing” damaged pipes, but over the past several years pipe bursting has caught up in popularity in certain areas of the country.

What Is Pipe Bursting?

Pipe bursting is often referred to as trenchless sewer line repair. It replaces the conventional way of laying pipe using a construction trench. Pipe bursting is an effective repair method for fixing natural gas lines, sewer lines, and buried water pipes.

Trenchless technology can be used for hydraulic bursting, static bursting, lateral bursting, and pneumatic bursting. Each of the bursting processes breaks the damaged pipe before laying the new pipe. The difference is how the force is generated.

What Is Pipe Relining?

Instead of digging up a broken pipe and replacing it, pipe relining enables a plumber to spot repair or patch a broken pipe using no-dig technology. However, the term no-dig technology can be misleading. In most cases, a small amount of excavation is required to get to the pipe but it is very little when compared to conventional replacement methods. Pipe relining is extremely cost-effective because of the lack of extensive excavation needed and few labor hours. In many cases, repairs can be made in just a few hours compared to a few days for traditional methods.

Which Method Is Best for My Situation?

A plumber will need to access the situation to make that determination. The best method, though, will address the problem as quickly and efficiently for as little out-of-pocket cost and damage to yard or flooring as possible. If you’re experiencing problems with underground pipes in your home or place of business, connect with a Rooter Hero Plumber in your area today for a free, no-obligation inspection and written estimate.

Frequently Asked Questions by Landlords

Rental properties can be a great source of income. More and more people are opting to invest in this kind of real estate as a way to generate residual income. However, as with any investment, there are risks that can affect your profits. In the rental industry, the biggest risks are choosing the wrong tenant and dealing with unexpected repair costs. If you’re new to the rental business, check out these frequently asked plumbing questions by California landlords. Being in the know will keep you in business.

What Is a Habitable Residence?

In California, all landlords are required to make sure their properties are safe and habitable for their residents at all times. State and local building codes make it clear that if plumbing problems exist that threaten a building’s sanitation the structure could be deemed uninhabitable. An uninhabitable structure is a building that won’t generate income because, legally, you can’t have people living in such a state.

Here are just a few reasons why an inspector could deem a residence uninhabitable:
• Cold and hot water systems are not working properly
• Property is not connected to public sewage or a private septic system
• Plumbing components like water pipes, toilets, sinks, faucets, and other fixtures are not in working order

How Long Do I Have to Fix a Problem?

Landlords are allotted a reasonable timeframe to fix problems that arise. The exact amount of time you have varies depending on the problem and is not spelled out specifically in California Code. Let’s take a look at two different situations.

Example #1: A toilet in the master bathroom of your rental home in Mission Hills is backing up. Tenants call to inform you of the problem. There is only one other bathroom in the home.

In a case like this, the tenants have a reasonable expectation of fast service. Toilet clogs can usually be hydro-jetted, snaked, or otherwise fixed in a quick manner. Most plumbing services like Rooter Hero Plumbing can send a plumber to the residence right away to make repairs the same day. Therefore, in a situation like this, it shouldn’t take more than 24 hours for repairs to be completed.

Example #2: The sewer line in the backyard of your San Diego rental home has busted. Raw sewage is saturating the backyard.

This is a repair that may take an additional day or two to complete depending on the extent of the damage to the sewer line. Sometimes, trenchless sewer line repair can be done reducing the amount of time necessary for repairs, but the only way to know for sure is to contact a plumber for a complete evaluation.

When plumbing problems take several days to repair, it may be necessary to help your tenants find temporary housing or reimburse them for the expense of short-term relocation.

I Don’t Want to Pay the Costs for Relocation. How Can I Prevent Major Plumbing Problems from Happening?

Routine maintenance and proper usage are the best ways to ensure that major plumbing problems like busted pipes, slab leaks, and broken sewer lines do not occur. We recommend that landlords participate in regular preventive maintenance services like drain cleaning and video camera inspection service, so little problems can be addressed right away.

Tenant education is also important. If toilets or sinks are frequently clogging or backing up, speak with your tenants about what their flushing down the toilet or rinsing down the sink. Communication between you and your tenants is a great way to keep plumbing problems away.

Who Is Responsible for Payment?

In most cases, the landlord assumes this obligation. Any plumbing problem that is caused by normal usage is not the tenants’ responsibility. There are exceptions, though. If a tenant has purposely neglected a component of the plumbing system, you may require them to pay for repairs or reimburse you. Speak with an attorney for more information about these situations.

If you need plumbing service, call Rooter Hero Plumbing in California today. We have plumbers available around the clock to help you keep your rental property safe and habitable.

Clogs Sinks and Leaky Toilets: What Is Your Responsibility to Your Tenants?

As a landlord, it is your responsibility to make sure the dwellings your tenants occupy are safe and sanitary. One area that should not be overlooked is a building’s plumbing system. Your tenants rely on the plumbing system to work well. Toilets should flush, sinks and bathtubs should drain, and any leaks or backups should be taken care of right away. California law is very specific about landlords making repairs in a timely manner. Landlords that do not repair or replace faulty plumbing parts in a reasonable amount of time can face harsh penalties and could be putting their occupants’ health at risk.

Is Your Building Habitable?

A piece of property doesn’t have to look like it is a slum for it not to be the state’s requirements for habitable living. In fact, there are plenty of properties in many neighborhoods that look perfect from a cosmetic standpoint, but are, indeed, inhabitable according to state and local health and building codes. Landlords can use this checklist when inspecting their properties to make sure the structure is legally habitable.

Habitable Checklist

  • Working smoke detectors
  • Unbroken windows
  • Working locks
  • Safe and working electrical, heat, and plumbing
  • Accessible fire exits
  • Intact roof and walls

If any of these areas of the property are in disrepair, the building could be deemed inhabitable.

What Is Essential Plumbing?

In California, all rental properties are required to have working sinks, showers, bathtubs and toilets, according to California Civil Code section 1941. Of course, clogs and leaks can occur due to normal wear and tear. As a landlord, you should expect this to happen from time to time and have a plan to take action. While you are granted a responsible timeframe for making repairs, it’s imperative that you call for service as soon as possible.

Who Is Responsible for Calling for Service?

Each landlord has his or her own procedure in place when a toilet clogs or a sink won’t drain. Some landlords will allow their tenants to call a plumber of their choice to make the repairs; whereas, other landlords may have an existing relationship with a plumbing service like Rooter Hero Plumbing to expedite service. A lot of landlords prefer the latter situation because it makes billing and payment easier. In nearly every case, it is the landlord’s responsibility to pay for repair or replacement services.

But, not always . . .

When Is the Tenant Responsible for the Repair Costs?

When plumbing components breakdown due to normal wear and tear, it is always the landlord’s financial responsibility. In cases when gross negligence or outright neglect for a fixture or other component is evident, the landlord can require the tenant to pay in full for the repairs.

If you’re requiring your tenant to make the repairs, keep in mind that they may want to choose their own plumbing service. This is their right. However, if a tenant cannot make the repairs right away due to financial reasons, it is still your responsibility as the landlord to see to it that the repairs are made quickly to ensure a habitable environment.

In a situation like this, you may be able to recoup the expense from the tenants by deducting the amount from their security deposit, billing them directly, or adding the cost of the repair to their monthly rent amount in small increments. To make sure you’re protecting your property and acting within your rights as a landlord when collecting the repair costs, you may want to consult with an attorney.

Tenant Rights

Tenants have the right to withhold rent until repairs are made. So, if you have a unit with a leaky sink, a raw sewage problem, or any other plumbing issue, call your friendly California plumber right away to arrange service. Keeping your tenants happy and safe is always good business!

Prevent Displaced Tenants with these Plumbing Repairs

Back in April of 2015, a Walmart store in Pico Rivera, CA, closed its doors indefinitely due to plumbing problems that the company says were a result of persistent leaks and clogs. This incident laid off nearly 500 workers and left shoppers inconvenienced. As a commercial property owner, the last thing you want is for an incident like this to happen to your business or to the tenants that rent space in your building. By taking swift action when small problems pop up and making routine maintenance a part of your action plan, you can have a better handle on plumbing issues.

Commercial Drain Cleaning Keeps Water Flowing in the Right Direction

Commercial properties are at a greater risk of developing large obstructions in piping systems because of the sheer amount of usage toilets and sinks are subjected to every day. In California, many of the commercial properties are older buildings with aging pipes. A combination of frequent usage with deteriorating piping is the perfect setup for clogs to form.

The easiest way to address this potential problem is to have the drains and pipes in your building cleaned regularly by a professional plumber. Don’t rely on drain cleaning solution or your janitorial staff to plunge persistent clogs. These are only temporary fixes that don’t address the situation fully. Instead, call a plumber in California like Rooter Hero Plumbing that offer Scour Jet service.

Our Scour Jet service is a powerful drain cleaning tool. It uses pressurized water to scrape away dirt and debris from the inside of the pipes. As powerful as this method is at eradicating the toughest clogs, it’s surprising to many of our customers that it is the gentlest solution for dirty pipes. Gentle and effective drain cleaning means fewer problems in the future.

You May Need to Consider Re-Piping

Re-piping is considerably more labor intensive and expensive than drain cleaning. It’s a solution to consider if you have pipes that are showing signs of aging or are no longer able to support the usage your plumbing system is experiencing. Re-piping can be a challenge for business owners who want to stay operational during the project, but it’s not impossible. Also, you may not need to re-pipe the entire building.

Plumbers who have experience with commercial re-piping should be able to develop a solution that will work best for all parties involved with as minimal inconvenience as possible.

Encourage Your Tenants to Use the Plumbing Correctly

Sometimes it is plain ignorance that causes plumbing problems such as persistent clogs. Unlike a residential plumbing system, many people believe a commercial plumbing system is designed to handle anything and everything. What does this mean? It means that your tenants, employees, and customers are more likely to flush things down the toilet and pour substances down the drains that they would never think of doing in their homes.

Post signage in bathrooms and break rooms that specifically says what can and cannot be flushed or rinsed down the sink. Maybe even include a friendly reminder in the employee newsletter or in a casual company-wide email. Bathroom business can be uncomfortable to talk about, but it’s better to address it in theory before it becomes a reality.

For more information about commercial plumbing problems, including what your responsibilities are in terms of repairs as a commercial property owner in California, check out our other blog posts or give us a call today.

Safeguard Your Home or Business: The Importance of Plumbing Codes

Even if you are the sole owner of the property, there are still limitations on modifications you can make to the building. In the United States, all habitable structures must adhere to a set of legal standards called building codes. They apply to many aspects of your home or business, including your plumbing and electrical system.

They Exist for a Reason!

Plumbing codes are designed by committees of industry experts and officials to ensure that all residential and commercial structures are sound and sanitary. Improper sewage disposal can have a significant impact on other members of the community, and a poorly installed water heater could present a dangerous fire hazard.

Some homeowners regard building codes as a frustrating byproduct of modern bureaucracy, but they have actually been a part of civilized society for thousands of years. In fact, the ancient Code of Hammurabi included several clauses that compelled “builders” to create safe and steadfast homes or risk fatal punishment. The penalties for breaking modern codes aren’t quite as deadly as they were in ancient Babylon, but they can still be severe for the party at fault.

Why Everyone Should Follow Building Codes

The purpose of plumbing codes is to create structures that are safe, efficient and reliable. Anyone living or working in your building deserves a secure environment with the basic essentials of fresh water and sanitary sewage disposal. Codes also protect property owners who hire contractors to perform professional services on their property by ensuring minimum quality.

Failing to follow building codes or neglecting to pull the proper permits can end up costing a lot of money and wasting valuable time. Businesses must be inspected regularly by an impartial official, so compliance failures will be noticed eventually. Homeowners may also run into issues collecting from insurance companies or selling their home if their projects are not up to code.

Individuals or companies caught violating building codes may face severe fines as well as an end to the project. In these cases, renovations and other work are delayed until the legal issues are sorted out. The exact penalties for breaking building standards are determined by local legislation.

Staying on the Right Side of the Law

Plumbing codes are created on a local level rather than a national one, which can make things a bit confusing. These rules may be created and enforced on the state, county and city level, and even some individual communities have their own rules regarding building projects. These codes may also be changed and updated regularly.

While it may take some time and money to pull the proper permits, it’s well worth the cost. Following building codes protects everyone involved, from homeowner to contractor. Certain types of work require licensing to perform, so hiring a certified professional may be the only way to perform the task properly. Contact your local city or county department for information about permits and current building codes in your area.

For more questions about building codes pertaining to your plumbing project, give Rooter Hero Plumbing a call. We work with several communities throughout Arizona, California, and Texas.

A Day in the Life of a Rooter Hero Plumbing Plumber

At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we work with talented, local plumbers who have a passion for helping homeowners and commercial property owners get the most out of their plumbing systems. From advising customers on upgrades to making same-day repairs, our plumbers are Jacks (and Jills)-of-all-trades. We are consultants, designers, engineers, troubleshooters, and repair techs.

So, what’s a typical day like for our plumbers? That’s a hard question to answer because there really isn’t such a thing as a typical day. Plumbing problems can run the gamut and the solutions vary depending on the severity of the problem as well as our customers’ budgets. However, there are some things that are constant such as our commitment to excellent customer service and our professional attitude.

We Do Business in a Neighborly Way

Another part of our day that never wavers is our ability to get to you fast. Did you know that the typical Rooter Hero Plumbing service call is responded to in as little as 90 minutes? The reason we’re able to offer such amazing response times is because we believe in partnering with licensed plumbers that are members of your community.

Supporting the local community is the cornerstone of our business. Our goal is to address not only plumbing problems that residents and local businesses have, but to also boost the local economy. Collaborating with highly-trained plumbers in the neighborhood guarantees our customers two things:

  • Fast response times
  • Affordable prices

Services We Offer

The typical plumbing services we offer include things like the following:

  • Drain cleaning
  • Sewer repair
  • Shower and bathtub installation
  • Kitchen and bathroom plumbing installation

Our plumbers also spend their days responding to service calls for leak detection, slab leak repair, trenchless sewer line repair, re-piping, and new construction projects. Our plumbers work hard all day long to provide the best service possible so that you are not without the comfort and convenience of a working plumbing system for any longer than necessary.

Innovative Technology Keeps Your Plumbing System Running Efficiently

When our plumbers aren’t in their fully-stocked vehicles responding to service calls, you may find them inside a classroom. A Rooter Hero Plumbing associate stays on top of the latest technology. By utilizing state-of-the-art techniques for drain cleaning, leak detection, and other plumbing services, we’re able to offer our customers unrivaled service. Continuing education is something our plumbers’ value and many earn as many as 100 CEU credits annually. That’s what we call devotion to one’s trade!

Interested in a Career with Rooter Hero Plumbing?

Head over to our Career section the website to learn more about becoming a Rooter Hero Plumbing technician. We need motivated individuals with a desire to succeed and a passion for plumbing. Or, give us a call, to learn more about our company and the locations we service.