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The most common commercial real estate plumbing problems


Although there are a lot of people who don’t understand how commercial real estate plumbing works, almost everyone out there has run into some sort of problem with it. While every situation is different, you can be sure of one thing: it’s a frustrating experience!


While some commercial real estate plumbing problems can be fixed easily, others will require a professional. Below, are a few of the most common plumbing problems and reasons they should be addressed right away.


Faucet Leaks


When it comes to commercial real estate plumbing and leaky faucets, it might not seem like a big deal. Did you know that a leaky faucet can cost you hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars a year? The more water you use, the higher your water bill will be.


You can easily notice a leaking faucet. However, there might be other problems, such as a leaky pipe under the sink or behind the drywall. Something like this will cost more money in terms of a water bill, but consider the money you may have to put into fixing the drywall, the floor, and so on.


Drain Clogs


Both residential and commercial buildings have issues with drain clogs. When it comes to commercial real estate plumbing, the problem can become worse. One of the reasons behind this is the people that use the restrooms. Chances are at home, you carefully choose what to throw down the sink or toilet.


Unfortunately, when you have a commercial kitchen or bathroom, and hundreds of people use it each day, they aren’t as careful about what they throw down the drain. This can result in clogged drains because the debris gets stuck in the pipes. The debris then clogs up the entire system and will slow down the release of water.


Running Toilets


In some cases, you can jiggle the handle to stop a toilet from running. However, this will only temporarily fix a much bigger problem. If you keep ignoring it, things can get worse. If you have a running toilet, have someone inspect it as soon as possible. It could be a sign that something is wrong inside the toilet or the plumbing itself.


Internal Working Parts Failure


Toilets are not the most stable item in a building. After lots of use every day, things can break; whether it’s something simple like a toilet handle or something more complex inside the toilet. If you notice any odd sounds coming from the toilet, sink, or plumbing in general, there may be an internal issue that needs the attention of a commercial real estate plumbing professional.


Silent Leaks


A leak is not always obvious. Sometimes it can be silent and before you know it the leak can turn into something much more serious. One way to make sure you don’t have a silent leak is to keep an eye on your water bill. If you notice a sudden spike in water usage, it could be because you have a silent leak behind a wall or under the flooring.


Call a commercial real estate plumbing company to inspect the pipes and look for damage, if you suspect a leak.


Low Water Pressure


Whether you’ve just purchased a commercial building or you’ve had it for a while, you might notice that the water pressure is low. Leaky or burst pipes can cause this issue, but there are other reasons for low water pressure, too.


Preventing problems is always cheaper than repairing water damage. Call Forrest Anderson to schedule a time to review your plumbing system.


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