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How Often Your Business’ Plumbing Should Be Inspected
Getting timely plumbing inspections helps to get ahead of minor plumbing problems before they morph into a major catastrophe that can hinder a business's day-to-day operations. Major problems like clogged drains lines, pipe blowouts or massive leaks can also eat into profits.
The importance of commercial plumbing inspections
During the typical plumbing inspection, the technician examines the reliability of the client's plumbing lines and the safety of the current systems at the location. This usually includes a visual inspection of the property, checking every seam and joint to ensure there are no leaks. A leak is a good indication that one of these pieces is not fitted properly.
The technician may also use a camera to inspect the insides of the pipes on the client's property to evaluate if there are holes, cracks or signs of corrosion that could lead to bigger problems down the road. Once the inspection is over, the client is provided with a report that details the plumber's findings.
Why quarterly inspections are recommended
The ideal frequency a property should be inspected depends on the age of the property's systems and if these systems show signs of potential issues, such as bad-tasting water, discoloration, pinhole leaks or low water pressure. Getting plumbing systems inspected quarterly helps to prevent clogs and other major issues that can develop. Buildings with plumbing lines that are prone to developing issues should have the plumbing inspected more frequently.
If pipes or a new plumbing system were recently installed, the building owner should get an inspection to evaluate if the pipes on the property were installed properly. This can also help to detect issues such as backflow and cross-contamination of freshwater lines.
There are multiple benefits of getting plumbing lines inspected:
- Helps to evaluate corrosion
- Ensures plumbing systems are properly installed
- Estimates the lifespan of the current plumbing system
- Keeps the system up to code
- Detects clogs while still small
- Detects potential health hazards such as cross-contamination
- Helps to locate leaks and cracks
- Prevents blowouts
Due for an inspection?
Commercial plumbing inspections are useful for clients in various industries. A technician can use detailed pipe assessments to determine the useful life of the pipes on a property and evaluate corrosion levels.
This is done by using digital plumbing cameras that can be snaked through pipes. The images captured by the camera are relayed on a screen and recorded, so the technician can evaluate the pipes and show the client their findings. The plumber company can also supply detailed reports that property owners can go over on their own and send on to business owners, executives or board members.
A piping ling process can protect and restore pipes. This involves coating the insides of the pipe with epoxy and other materials.
There is no point waiting until a plumbing issue shuts your business down. Timely inspections allow you to focus on running your business instead of dealing with problems in the pipes.
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