Most business owners rarely want to consider replacing their plumbing
. Unfortunately, if you ignore the signs that your commercial plumbing is in need of replacement, there is a risk that you may render your space unusable. If you want to avoid this potentially catastrophic situation, you need to be aware of the signs there is a serious problem.
If the water coming out of your faucets appears discolored, it could be a sign that there is rust or dirt accumulating inside your pipes. Most discoloration is usually yellow or brown, but any form of discoloration is a sign that a problem has developed in your plumbing system.
If your system develops a leak, you are likely to get it professionally checked and resolved. While this is a common issue in any age of plumbing system, if the leaks are recurring or your system develops multiple leaks, it is a sign that your plumbing system has reached the end of its lifespan. If your system has had problems with recurring leaks, it is important that you call in a professional to assess your system and determine if damaged piping needs to be replaced.
Flaking Metal Pipes:
If the metal pipes in your commercial space have visible flaking or you can see dimpling, it is a good indication that there is excessive corrosion in and outside of the pipe. Excessive corrosion can be caused by a number of issues including your water quality and an acidic pH. This type of problem should not be ignored as it is a serious issue that needs professional attention immediately.
The Presence of Mold:
Mold and mildew require moist conditions to develop. This means that if you have started to see signs of mold in a localized area or there is a strong musty odor, there is likely to be a leak somewhere in your system. Before the mold situation can be fully resolved, the underlying problem needs to be addressed. The source of the moisture or the leak needs to be detected and repaired. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may need to have your plumber replace the sections of piping where the leak has originated.
Problems With Water Pressure:
Adequate water pressure is needed to ensure that your plumbing continues to operate correctly. Unfortunately, if your water pressure is too low or too high, it can create a number of problems including pin prick leaks and failure of water using appliances or equipment. While there are solutions to correct water pressure issues, if your pipes have been exposed to the problem for a prolonged period, you may need to replace affected sections of pipe.
In order for your commercial space to continue to be operable, it is vital that there is proper water function. If you have started to see signs that you may need commercial plumbing replacement, it is a good idea to act quickly. Prompt, professional
attention could allow proactive action and repair, which could lessen the cost of your plumbing replacement.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solutions.