Common Commercial Plumbing Issues Your Denver Plumber Wants You to Watch For

March 18, 2020

As a business owner, you want your business to be as clean and well-maintained as possible. Not only are you in charge of your employees’ safety and work experience, but you’re in charge of the way your customers view your company, too. Commercial plumbing issues can make or break your company if they’re left unrepaired and unaddressed. Before you contact your trusted Denver plumbing repair pros, watch for these tell-tale signs that you have a problem brewing in your pipes. 

Near-Constant Leaks
Leaks are a huge problem no matter where they happen in your company’s building. Worse, they can happen almost anywhere seemingly without warning. When they happen around the bases of toilets and sinks, you’re likely to notice them fairly quickly. If they happen in the walls, you’ll notice an increase in your building’s water usage or see stains or bubbling in the walls and ceiling.

Regardless of where the leaks are, you need to get them fixed as soon as possible and identify the underlying cause of those leaks. This could be anything from improper seals around plumbing fixtures to punctures and decay of the pipes themselves. If you let the leaks continue and just clean or cover up the water damage, you increase the risk of mold growth in your building. 

Mold poses serious health risks for people who are exposed to it for extended periods of time. Once it starts growing, you’ll need to hire an experienced mold remediation professional to get rid of it, costing you hundreds of dollars. If you notice frequent leaks at your property, don’t put off repairs. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible and get the damage fixed. Your employees and your customers will thank you for it. 

Strange Smells Coming from Drains
Anytime you run the tap or flush a toilet, the water flows down the drain and into the sewer line on your property. From there, it gets carried to the sewer outlet or septic tank on your property where the water will get properly treated and cleaned before re-entering the water supply. 

When your pipes are in good condition, that waste water will flow away from your property without a problem. But if you have underlying pipe issues, you could end up getting some strange smells coming up through the drains. Any gunk, soap scum, and debris inside the pipes can trap bacteria which can breed those unpleasant odors over time.

The only way to find out what’s causing the buildup and, thus, the smells is to get your pipes inspected by your trusted commercial plumbing pro. The sooner you do, the sooner you can get rid of those off-putting smells so you and your team can breathe easy throughout the day. 

Gurgling Noises from Your Toilet
All toilets make noise when they flush. It’s perfectly normal and can be a sign that your toilet is working properly. But when those toilets start making noise when no one is using them, you have a serious problem on your hands.

Gurgling, bubbling, or burping noises coming from the toilet bowl when no one is using the toilet is a sign that you have air in your sewer line. That air is an early warning sign that you have a clog building in your sewer line. If left unaddressed, you’ll end up with a serious sewage backup on your hands.
If you hear strange noises, don’t put off repairs. Schedule an appointment with your plumbing repair pro and let them get rid of the clog once and for all. 

Lack of Hot Water
Almost every business has a hot water heater somewhere on their property. It’s what gives you access to a steady supply of hot water for handwashing, cleaning the breakroom, and even doing laundry on-site. When it’s working properly, you’ll have enough hot water to get through the day without worry.

But when you find yourself running out of hot water all the time or can’t seem to get the system to produce anything more than lukewarm water, you need to call a pro. Your water heater could be in need of replacement. Remember, unless you have a tankless system installed, your unit can eventually run out of hot water. If your team is using it so frequently that the system can’t keep up, you may need a new unit with a larger capacity.

If the issue isn’t with capacity, you may be able to keep the water heater after you get the system tuned up. As a general rule, you should schedule tune-ups at least once a year. If you can’t remember when you last scheduled an appointment, take the time to book an appointment now. 

Your Drains Are Slow
Remember that buildup of soap scum we discussed earlier? Well, it can also cause the drains in your building to drain more slowly than they should. This results in standing water in sinks and can cause issues down the road if left unrepaired. 

Instead of reaching for a commercially available drain cleaner, get your plumber to clear out the lines and remove the clogs once and for all. This way, you’ll know that your pipes are in good condition and all clogs are removed safely. Trying to take care of the clogs on your own often leads to serious damage to the pipes. The last thing you want to do is cause a severe leak in your walls just because you tried to clean out a drain on your own.

Book an Appointment Today
If you notice any of these tell-tale signs that you have a serious issue with the plumbing and pipes at your commercial building, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with your trusted Denver commercial plumber and let our pros inspect your building for any problems. 

We’ll make sure your pipes and fixtures are in good condition and can take care of any needed repairs quickly. We understand that your business needs to be up and running every day. Let us help you keep it that way. 
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