Many commercial property owners have a lot of questions about their properties. However, questions about commercial plumbing often get overlooked or ignored until it’s too late, and that property owner is left with an enormous (and expensive) problem.
So, in an effort to spare commercial property owners similar problems in the future, here’s a list of commercial plumbing questions that others have asked or wished they’d asked earlier—as well as a few answers.
How Often Should I Clean My Property’s Drains?
The answer to this question will vary a bit depending on the nature of the commercial property and your business. Clean your drains too often, and you’ll waste time and energy. Wait too long, however, and you’ll just be making the task more difficult.
For most commercial properties, having a monthly cleaning schedule provides the best middle ground between too often and too far apart. Setting aside a date near the start of each month is a good, easy-to-remember and establish practice.
Some commercial properties that tend to wind up putting more solid waste down their drains may need to clean their drains more frequently—such as on a weekly basis.
What Chemicals Can I Use in/Near My Drains?
There is a long list of things that commercial property owners should never flush down the drain. Surprisingly, this includes many household cleaning products that are advertised as chemical drain cleaners.
Over-reliance on harsh chemical drain cleaners formulated to dissolve hair and other stubborn clog materials can actually end up eating away at the commercial property’s pipes. Or, worse yet, these chemicals may become stuck in the drain, overflow or emit gaseous fumes, and cause harm to workers in the commercial property.
If your commercial property has a septic tank, some antibacterial cleaning agents can cause problems for the septic system as well.
Rather than relying on chemical drain cleaners, it’s often better to use more traditional plumbing fixes such as plungers and drain snakes in your commercial plumbing maintenance.
Or, milder concoctions of baking soda & vinegar with hot water can work wonders on many clogs while doing less damage to your pipes.
How Often Should I Get a Full Commercial Plumbing Inspection Done?
As with the “how often should I clean my drains” question, the answer here can vary depending on the nature of the property and of your business.
A simple, generic answer to when you should get a full inspection of your commercial plumbing done is:
- Before Signing the Lease to a Commercial Property. If you’re getting ready to add a new location, make sure you have a full professional plumbing inspection done first. This can help you avoid nasty surprises later on.
- Immediately After a Major Disaster. Sacramento might be far from the fault line, but major earthquakes can still affect the plumbing under the property—not to mention the fires, storms, and other disasters that can damage your building’s infrastructure. After any major event impacting your building, you’ll probably want to run a full check of the plumbing to find and fix any problems.
- At Least Once a Year. Even if you’re doing everything right and not causing any damage to your plumbing, you’ll still want to evaluate the condition of your plumbing at least once a year. This can help you spot major issues so they can be corrected before they become damaging to the property.
What Are My Options for Fixing a Commercial Plumbing Problem?
There are a ton of different options for fixing a plumbing problem in a commercial property. However, not all of them will be equally valuable. Some examples of commercial plumbing solutions include:
- Trenching the pipe and patching/replacing it;
- Trenchless cured-in-place-pipe lining (CIPP Lining); and
- Pipe bursting.
Each of these solutions answers a different need/situation. For example, hydro-jetting is great for clearing clogs deep in a pipe where drain snakes and plungers can’t reach, but doesn’t do anything to solve a broken pipe. CIPP lining makes great use of your existing pipe—creating a tough new pipe with a long useful life inside of the old pipe.
When your commercial property needs plumbing repair, be sure to consult with an experienced plumber to see what kind of plumbing fix would work best for you.
Do you have a critical commercial plumbing question that you need answered, but don’t see in this blog post? Contact the experts at Express Sewer & Drain today!