When you think of plumbing problems in your commercial building, the first things you think of are probably things like broken pipes, backed-up toilets, and clogged sink drains. However, what many business owners overlook is the fact that there are many other problems you might encounter in your commercial bathrooms, and understanding what they are may help you catch them early. Here's a look at a few of the things you should be checking for on a regular basis.
Water Pressure Issues
You should regularly monitor the pressure in the water lines to be sure that it stays consistent. If you're struggling with low water pressure in the sinks or toilets that aren't flushing well because of insufficient pressure, it's time to get it looked at. Sometimes, these things are easily fixed by either cleaning the pipes or adding a pressure regulator to the line. Other times, the low water pressure turns out to be an early warning sign of a damaged, cracked, or otherwise failed pipe that could be costly if neglected.
Water Temperature Irregularity
Unpredictable, inconsistent, or insufficient hot water can be highly problematic in a commercial environment, especially if you have a commercial kitchen facility. You need to be sure that your hot water heater is working properly and maintaining a consistent temperature. Routine service a couple of times a year can help to ensure this and can even spot problems before they become nightmares.
Damaged Toilet Components
Public bathrooms see a lot of traffic on a daily basis. That's a lot of wear and tear on your toilets and their components. Remember that flushing handles and internal toilet components are prone to failure, especially in a public restroom where they may be handled rougher than necessary.
Reduce the risk of failures by eliminating the traditional flush handle. Install hands-free toilet systems so that you don't have to worry about an overzealous individual breaking a handle or flush chain.
You should also have the toilets inspected and maintained regularly to replace worn parts before they fail. A toilet that won't flush is embarrassing and unsanitary, so staying on top of their operation is important.
A leak inside a wall or in an underground water line can be undetected for a long time before it causes visible damage. By that time, you're looking at pretty costly repairs. Luckily, it's easier than you think to identify the presence of a leak. Watch your water bills for any marked increase month to month. If you're seeing a rise in your water bill without an obvious explanation, have your plumber do a thorough inspection of the pipes.