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Commercial and Industrial Plumbing Issues that Call for Emergency Repairs

12 August 2020

A fully functional plumbing system can easily bring benefits to commercial and industrial properties. It can harness clean water that is very much needed today, especially in terms of personal hygiene and health. It can also reduce costly water expenditures due to the absence of faulty components and leaky pipelines. Waste products are also removed efficiently without causing any health issues to the people who are inside the commercial or industrial building.

The overall design of the modern plumbing system is already sufficient for it to perform well for a long time. However, numerous elements and factors can still trigger some problems and issues on the plumbing system. Even with regular maintenance and repairs, a commercial or industrial plumbing system can still obtain serious plumbing issues.

Most Common Plumbing Issues

If you own or manage a commercial or industrial building, then here are some of the most common plumbing issues that call for emergency repairs.

  • Leaking Faucet and Pipes:The leaks on your faucet do not necessarily mean that they only happen on the surface. Most of the time, leaking faucet indicates that the leakage of water also happens on your pipes and behind the drywall. The continuous leakage of water in your faucet and other plumbing system parts can waste thousands of gallons a year and result in high water bills.
  • Clogged Drains and Toilets: Commercial and industrial buildings typically have a high number of people who are going in and out of their respective comfort rooms. And without proper maintenance, the drain and toilets of these buildings may be clogged with waste materials and debris. Consequently, these materials can slow down the release of water and cause some more issues.
  • Damaged Components: Problems related to toilets and the whole plumbing system often mean that their components have already failed. Damaged or failing water tank components may cause toilets to randomly drain water or flush. The low water pressure within the whole plumbing system may also be caused by damaged pipelines. Commercial hot water systems may also have some failing parts since they cannot readily provide the preferred water temperature of the building.
  • Foul Odour and Dirty Water: Restrooms that always look and smell dirty, even with regular cleaning, typically mean that the internal components of the plumbing system must be inspected and fixed. Water that does not look clear also means that the water pipes may have already corroded. The combination of damaged components and clogged drains may result in these specific issues.

Repairs amid COVID-19 Pandemic

All the previously stated plumbing issues would require emergency repairs. However, the current global health crisis hampers the ability of plumbing professionals to do their work promptly. As a matter of fact, some assessments for the plumbing issues are already conducted online so that the personal interaction between the client and the repair service will be minimised.

As part of health safety protocols, plumbing professionals are now required to practice social distancing among their colleagues, maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 metres away from each other. Once they are on-site, they also follow the same social distancing rules when interacting with clients. Physical contact and interactions like shaking hands are also prohibited among non-related people.

The wearing of personal protective equipment is intended for health personnel. However, plumbing professionals will be wearing masks, gloves, and other protective equipment while conducting emergency repairs. You, as the property owner or manager, must also wear some protective equipment if you will be talking or interacting with them. Moreover, sanitising and disinfecting the places they have walked into or surfaces they have touched are important to eliminate the possibility of spreading any virus.

Emergency repairs during the COVID-19 pandemic are still possible as long as health safety protocols are followed by both the owner of the building and the plumbing professionals.