The best time to check for potential plumbing problems is during the change in seasons, particularly when winter gives way to spring. As temperatures rise and weather patterns shift, issues that may not have been detectable in winter can become apparent. When it comes to commercial plumbing, proper maintenance is the ounce of prevention that offers a substantial return on your investment. The following are some basic spring plumbing tips to help you save time and money in the long run:
Complete a Thorough Inspection of Internal Pipes, Drains, Fittings, and Fixtures
This includes all sinks, toilets, drains, and indoor pipes. Slow or silent leaks waste millions of gallons of water in the U.S each year, costing money, wasting resources and causing various types of structural damage that can create an ideal environment for wood rot and mold to take hold. A simple, timely repair to a silent leak or drip can save you thousands of dollars in reparative construction or mold remediation.
Check External Pipes and Landscape Irrigation Systems
All external pipes and fittings, including your intake and shut-off valves, should be inspected. Even mild winters can cause expansion and contraction of pipes and the change of seasons from winter to spring is an optimal time to detect minor issues before they become costly disasters. External drainage, landscape irrigation, and sewer systems can also benefit from spring cleaning.
Perform Seasonal Maintenance on Your Plumbed Commercial Equipment
If your business utilizes any machinery or appliances that require plumbing, these systems will need to be inspected and repaired if necessary. Performing regular plumbing maintenance can potentially prevent costly shut-downs and keep your equipment running at top efficiency.
Any water heaters or plumbed heating systems will also benefit from a seasonal inspection, cleaning, and tune-up.
Check Your Drainage and Backflow Systems
By law, all commercial buildings have backflow systems that must be tested annually. In California, only licensed plumbers can install, maintain and repair the state’s many backflow prevention devices. If you need help with any of the spring maintenance tasks listed above, including your annual backflow testing, contact the professionals at Andersen Commercial Plumbing by calling 909-326-2729. We offer full plumbing services and have in-house licensed backflow testers on staff.