The importance of commercial plumbing maintenance checks
When was the last time you carried out a commercial plumbing maintenance check?
Most of us don't realise the importance of carrying out commercial plumbing maintenance checks until something damages the plumbing systems. This shouldn’t be the case, it may prove much more expensive and more damaging than you could have imagined. If you want to make sure your plumbing is working optimally and isn’t at risk of experiencing any costly damages, ensure you regularly conduct maintenance checks.
The following are the major benefits of commercial plumbing maintenance checks.
When maintenance checks are done, the signs of active leaks are checked in the plumbing system and discovered, if there are any. This way they can be dealt with before the leaks become impossible to repair and hence the plumbing remains in a fully operational condition. When checking for active leaks, the specialist will carry out checks on things like moisture leakages as well as puddles. The presence of mould, water spots and mildew are also checked in the process.
Commercial plumbing maintenance checks are also beneficial for revealing the existence of limescale, usually around water faucets and shower heads. The checks also reveal the presence of corrosion signs that may be on all the plumbing pipes that are visible. When the amount of corrosion in the pipes is significant, it could be an indication that the plumbing pipes are no longer safe for use and need a quick replacement. If the commercial plumbing maintenance check isn’t done, this could go unnoticed and the result could be quite costly.
The right water pressure for a building should range between 40 and 80 psi. However, in buildings that are multi-storey, the stories at the lower levels often have lower water pressure than the higher ones. If the pressure is higher than the expected range, pipes are at risk of getting damaged. Equally, if the water pressure is too low, the residents of the building won’t be satisfied. When the check is done, lower or higher-pressure levels can be discovered and dealt with promptly.
The maintenance checks also ensure that all safety and shut-off valves are operating correctly. Any valves discovered to be broken are replaced before they cause a major problem. When the valves are operating fully and optimally, it becomes possible to selectively turn off the water going to different building sections in case of a major problem. This way, there’s no need to turn off the building’s entire water supply.
During the commercial plumbing maintenance checks, a building’s water flow-rate is checked. In case of any slow or clogged drains, power rodding or hydro-jetting should be done in order to restore its functionality. Camera inspections are also used to make sure that there aren’t any bellying or root infiltrations in the lines.
There should be devices for preventing backflow in commercial buildings. Backflow tests are carried out annually to ensure that there’s no backflow of contaminated water which may mix with clean water and cause health problems.
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