Fall is considered to be the season of change and for good reason. It’s during this time when tree leaves turn from a luscious green to vibrant autumn colors, the days start getting shorter, and the temperature drops from hot to mild. However, fall should also be considered a warning that winter is coming.
Cold temperatures can take a toll on your plumbing system, introducing new potential problems you didn’t have to worry about during the summer, like drain blockages or frozen pipes. Instead of waiting for something to happen, why not take a proactive approach? As we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, there’s no better time than the present to talk about preventative plumbing maintenance.
Preventative Maintenance for Commercial Plumbing
When it comes to plumbing, you could think of fall as a buffer zone between the intense heat of summer and extreme cold of winter. This neutral zone offers the perfect opportunity for you to prepare for the cold by creating a plumbing preventative maintenance plan. With a plan in place, you can ensure all your plumbing is in working order. You’ll also be able to address any plumbing issues you may have—like leaks or water pressure problems—before they become a bigger problem. This will save you a few headaches down the road when the freezing temperatures set in.
What Is Preventative Plumbing Maintenance?
Preventative plumbing maintenance is a proactive approach to maintaining your plumbing for the purpose of avoiding expensive repairs in the future. There are many benefits associated with the service including:
- Long-term cost savings
- Energy efficiency
- Fewer equipment failures
- Healthier work environment
What to Look Out For
It can be easy to miss or ignore certain plumbing problems because they aren’t always obvious and may only seem like tiny nuisances. But even the smallest issues can turn into costly complications. As a business, you can’t afford to lose any time to a malfunctioning water system. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye out for anything that could result in downtime including:
- Active Leaks: If you notice water spots, puddles, moisture, mold, or mildew it could be a sign that there is an active leak somewhere in your plumbing system. A leak that goes unfixed can waste thousands of gallons of water a year.
- Water Pressure Issues: The water pressure in your building should fit somewhere between 80 psi (pressure per square inch) and 40 psi. If the pressure is any higher than 80 psi, it could cause damage to your pipes. Any lower than 40 psi, you could see complaints from your staff and/or customers.
- Broken Valves: Your valves ensure that you’re able to shut off the water in certain sections of your building. If your valves are broken and a major blowout happens, you could be forced to shut off the water to your entire building.
- Poor Drainage: If water seems to drain slowly or not at all, you likely have a clog on your hands. This may only get worse as the temperature falls.
- Corrosion: Look out for any signs of corrosion or limescale on faucets and other fixtures. Significant corrosion could mean you need your pipes to be replaced.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with a professional.
Who Offers Preventative Plumbing Maintenance?
If you’re worried your plumbing may have issues during the cold weather, a professional plumbing company like A&G Piping can help. When you partner with a plumbing company for your business needs, you’ll have access to experts who understand the ins and outs of your plumbing system. These experts can help you set up a regular maintenance plan that will prevent disruptions and keep your plumbing in good condition.
A&G Piping Provides Preventative Support
Fall is the last chance you have to perform a checkup on your plumbing before the cold weather moves in. Make sure your plumbing is in working order. At A&G Piping, we offer plumbing preventative maintenance, where our technicians will execute preventative strategies to keep your plumbing fixtures in optimal shape. Our experts can also help you put together a maintenance checklist and create a maintenance plan focused on mitigating downtime and saving you money. If you’d like to learn more about our services, contact us today to schedule an appointment.