In a commercial situation, especially in the hospitality industry, it is important to make sure that your plumbing is kept in good repair. Because commercial plumbing has to meet more exacting specifications than domestic plumbing, more frequent upgrades may be necessary. Normal wear and tear on plumbing systems, changes in the demands made on infrastructure (for example, by a growing customer base) and the evolution of regulatory requirements can make repairs and upgrades vital. Here are some signs that your commercial or restaurant plumbing may need an upgrade.
1: You do not know enough about your current plumbing
If you are not sure when your plumbing was last given a professional inspection, you’re not sure what materials were used for your pipes and the state of your drains is a mystery, it’s a good idea to get some expert advice. A qualified commercial plumbing expert can check your plumbing and determine whether or not you will need to upgrade.
2: Water Stains
The first sign that you have a problem may be brown water stains on your ceilings or walls. While water stains may be caused by a spill or by condensation, they can also indicate that there is a leak somewhere in your plumbing. Have a professional check for leaks and find out if you need to overhaul your pipes.
3: Gurgling Pipes and Drains
If your pipes make odd sounds when the water is running or when it is going into the drain, this can mean that water is not flowing properly. The gurgling sound is caused by air bubbling through the pipes and drains. It may be especially noticeable when running appliances that use a large amount of water in one sitting, such as dishwashers or laundry machines.
4: Unpleasant Odors
Disagreeable or foul odors coming from drains or other plumbing fixtures may mean that something is decomposing in the pipes. Even worse, they can mean that something is blocking a sewer vent stack nearby. These gases can build up and may cause sewer leaks. Bad odors that do not resolve need to be checked out.
5: Drains Emptying Slowly
Some clogs can be cleared using boiling water or liquid drain cleaner. If this does not resolve the slow drainage issue, it may be that there’s a clog somewhere that you cannot easily fix. It could also mean that your drains simply are not able to cope with the volume of water flowing into them. A commercial plumber can locate difficult blockages or upgrade your pipes so that your drains clear rapidly again.
6: Diminished Water Pressure
Water pressure that’s too low might be a sign that there is a problem with the water supply lines. If the decrease is slow you might delay addressing it until your next inspection. If the low pressure happened suddenly, though, there might be a blockage, a broken pipe, or some other serious problem.
7: Discolored Water
If the water coming out of your plumbing fixtures looks off-color, it is a sign that something is not right. It may be due to corrosion in your pipes or faucet heads, contamination in water-tanks, or other water supply problems.
While some plumbing issues can be resolved with a one-time repair, more significant issues might require that part or all of your plumbing system requires an overhaul or a more comprehensive upgrade. It’s important to get regular inspections by a qualified commercial plumber, someone who understands the specific requirements of commercial plumbing systems. If it turns out that you need an upgrade to your plumbing, it’s important to find a reliable plumbing service provider with an excellent track record. Why not arrange an inspection today?