We talk about the difference between reactive and preventative facility maintenance a lot. While it’s tempting to save money and wait until something breaks, it almost always ends up costing more in the long run – both in emergency repair costs and loss of business if you have to close.
This is especially true when it comes to plumbing, as commercial plumbing problems can quickly escalate and lead to widespread damage and costly repairs.
The solution? An affordable plumbing preventative maintenance plan with a reliable national plumber provider. With regularly scheduled maintenance and inspections, you can catch and fix minor plumbing issues before they lead to major problems.
Here’s why it pays to have a plumbing preventative maintenance plan in place with a national plumber.
Service Customized To Your Business’s Needs
For most companies, an annual inspection from a national plumber provider is sufficient for the business they conduct. Others, like hotels, restaurants, large office buildings, and manufacturing facilities that use a lot of water may require more regular maintenance. The more plumbing you have, and the more waste and water being pumped through the system every day, the more likely something will go wrong.
A customized plumbing preventative maintenance plan takes the guesswork out of scheduling inspections and automates the schedule so that you don’t even have to worry about making the call. On an annual, bi-annual, or quarterly basis, you have peace of mind that a reliable national plumber is going to show up and give you the all-clear.
More Affordable Than Reactive Repairs
The reality is, a small leak or corroded pipe is far easier and more affordable to fix than a pipe that bursts in the middle of the night and floods your building. Likewise, it’s more affordable to jet a restaurant’s drain lines before a grease clog causes sewage backup that closes the restaurant.
In almost every commercial plumbing scenario, conducting repairs and maintenance proactively – before something goes very wrong – is always more affordable.
Multi-Point Plumbing Inspection
Because there are so many hidden aspects of plumbing – behind walls, under floors, and inside pipes – it’s important to hire a qualified national plumber to conduct an inspection.
Just like with an HVAC tuneup or oil change on your car, the plumber will have a multi-point inspection list that covers all parts of your building’s plumbing system. While the list is exhaustive, in general they will:
- Check the drains – Drains are checked for speed of drainage. Sluggish drains should be hydrojetted or snaked, and a camera inspection can reveal more serious causes of drainage problems, like root infiltration or bellying caused by soil or foundation settling.
- Assess the pipes for active leaks – The plumber will visually check for water spots, drips, or puddles, will listen for leaks, and use moisture detection equipment if a leak is suspected.
- Check the water pressure – Water pressure in commercial buildings should be between 40-80psi. Too low causes inconvenience to customers and employees and inefficient plumbing (like poor toilet flushing), and too high can cause strain on pipes and lead to leaks and burst pipes.
- Check for corrosion and clean sediment – Corroded pipes are nearing the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced before a leak or burst occurs. Sediment in faucets and drains should be cleaned out to improve drainage and water pressure.
- Drain the water heater and check the burner – The water heater should be tested for temperature and leaks, and the burner, overflow, and safety valves should all be inspected and repaired immediately if an issue is found.
- Assess hoses for signs of cracks, brittleness or leaking – Rubber hoses naturally have a shorter lifespan than PVC or any type of metal.
- Inspect the septic tank and sewage system – Ensure proper functioning of the sewage system, including indoor fixtures and outdoor lines.
- Test backflow system – If your building has a backflow system that prevents water from flowing backwards and being contaminated, an annual inspection ensures it’s working properly.
If the inspection reveals any issues, the plumber will provide you with a detailed report, recommended remediation, cost and timeline so that you can approve the work.
Trillium Facility Solutions Takes The Hassle Out Of Plumbing Maintenance
Take the guesswork out of commercial plumbing inspections, and stop worrying about when something will go wrong! Trillium Facility Solutions partners with trusted, reliable national plumbers to provide preventative maintenance plans to businesses on a regular schedule. We handle scheduling, negotiating rates, and billing on your behalf to completely eliminate the hassle of plumbing maintenance.
Get in touch with any of our team members who are standing by ready to serve! Call (844) 818-5713 to learn more.