Expenses related to plumbing can quickly add up, which is especially true with a business. Thankfully, a little bit of effort can go a long way in terms of savings you money on plumbing related costs. Here are some things that you should be doing.
Understand How The Water Shutoff Works
A flood caused by a burst pipe can quickly create a lot of damage in your business. That is why it is worth taking the time to learn how to shut off the main water line going into your building. This will help you quickly shut off the water in an emergency situation where the water is coming in from a burst pipe. If your office building is quite big, you may need to learn where these shuts offs are for certain floors or sections of the building.
Stop Paper Towels From Going Into The Toilet
You can't always control what a customer or employee will do when they are using your bathroom. However, you can take steps to minimize bad behaviors. One common problem is people flushing items down the toilet that shouldn't go in there. If you eliminate paper towels from the bathroom and install hand dryers, there won't be the temptation to flush something that shouldn't be flushed. You can also put small trash cans in the bathroom stalls so people have a place to throw trash.
Winterize Pipes Prior To The First Freeze
You'll want to make sure that you're prepared for the cold weather of winter. Don't wait until a pipe freezes to take action. Make sure that water pipes in areas exposed to the cold are insulated, and even go as far as wrapping them with heat tape if they are in an area where the HVAC system doesn't run for heat.
Learn To Do Small Repairs
There are many plumbing issues that you think require a commercial plumber, but that can actually be solved on your own. Learn how to use a sewer snake, and consider buying or renting this tool if you run into clogged drains. If you frequently suffer from clogged drains due to tree roots, it may be a worthwhile use of your time to do your own sewer snaking.
Of course, not all problems can be handled on your own. Make sure that you have a local commercial plumbing company on your speed dial to help out with problems as they come up.