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 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.
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.
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.