Preventative Plumbing Tips for Commercial Property Managers

Learn Preventative maintenance tips for commercial plumbing systems, or call our Colorado Springs plumbing contractors at (719) 232 – 4720 for a consultation.

Commercial plumbing systems experience heavy use.

As a result, it’s not uncommon for pipes, fittings, and fixtures throughout the property to become worn out and damaged over time.

All too often, our Colorado Springs commercial plumbing contractors respond to serious problems that could have been stopped with regular maintenance. By adhering to a strict maintenance schedule, you can prevent plumbing issues from growing into costly, system-wide breakdowns. 

Today, we’ll explore four tips every commercial property owner should use to keep their plumbing system working year-round. 

Build with Longevity in Mind

Ensuring your building is equipped with the right material (including pipes, fixtures, and fittings) is the first step to a long-lasting plumbing system. 

New Builds: Winters in the Front Range bring below-zero temperatures. Be sure the plumbing system in your new building is designed to function in freezing weather. 

Renovations: Many warehouses and office buildings in Colorado Springs were built shortly before the 1980’s commercial real estate collapse. The 70’s and 80’s may not seem like that long ago, but the toll of cold winter weather, corroding metal, and outdated building supplies are common culprits for plumbing malfunctions. If you're buying an existing building in The Springs, review the original plumbing diagram with an engineer to check for issues in the system. 

Remember: preventative maintenance is effective, but it cannot repair inadequate materials or existing problems. 

Invest in Regular Check-Ups

Preventative maintenance should be viewed as an investment rather than an expense. 

Stop small issues from transforming into system-wide breakdowns by having routine inspections completed by a plumbing professional.

Our Colorado Springs Plumbing Contractors Inspect:

  • Sinks 
  • Drains
  • Faucets 
  • Water heaters 
  • Pipes
  • Pipe fittings
  • Septic system 

Hold Tenants Responsible for Simple Maintenance:

If you rent your commercial building to tenants, have them take some responsibility for the well-being of their suite’s plumbing. 

All your tenants should:

  • Avoid sending solids and harsh chemicals down drains.
  • Repair/report clogged, non-flushing toilets immediately.
  • Prevent freezing pipes by allowing faucets to drip in weather below 35 degrees.
  • Report leaks and serious drops in water pressure to the property manager immediately.

Don’t Tolerate Leaks

Leaking pipes and faucets are responsible for wasting about 900 million gallons of water in the U.S. each year. But leaks do much more than waste water – they also open the door to structural issues like wood rot and mold growth.

Unfortunately, not all leaks are obvious. Noticeable drops in water pressure indicate a leak in your plumbing network, and should be investigated immediately. As we mentioned earlier, the best way to manage and prevent leaking pipes is to schedule a full plumbing inspection at least once a year. 

Most commercial plumbing issues can be avoided with the right preventative maintenance routine. Schedule routine inspections with a Colorado Springs plumbing contractor to protect your building - and wallet- from serious leaks, backups, and malfunctions.

Maintaining a commercial plumbing system doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. To schedule a commercial plumbing inspection, contact the Pikes Peak Mechanical team today at (719) 232 – 4720.

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