Even for small facilities, plumbing service for commercial buildings have significant differences from those for residential buildings. Besides different toilet and urinal fixtures many businesses have specialized sinks and equipment, and usage and priorities can be quite different. Commercial plumbing experiences heavier use, and special city, state, and federal codes apply. And quick repairs and avoiding disruptions in the first place are paramount.
It’s critical that anyone who owns or manages a restaurant, office building, retail store, hotel, health facility, school, or similar facility understand the importance of an ongoing business relationship with a commercial expert. Having a full-service plumbing company on call means that you’ll only have to deal with one contact for all your needs, keeping everything simple and minimizing the chances that something important will fall through the cracks.
Scheduled Services for Preventative Maintenance
For almost any type of building, residential or commercial, the most common calls to a plumber are for clogged drains or toilets. Yet for most businesses it’s economical to prevent most of those problems from occurring in the first place, avoiding disruptions and inconveniences to customers and employees. Drain maintenance includes cleaning out accumulated grease and grime before they lead to slow drainage or back ups. That typically involves regular drain and sewer line cabling. Most experts recommend quarterly hydro jetting to thoroughly remove buildup for food prep and dish sinks as well as floor drains and dish-washing equipment. That applies not only to restaurants but to any facility where food is served. Wherever “FOG” (fats, oils, and grease) are common there will likely be a grease trap that also needs regular cleaning and inspection.
Other regular inspections and testing should also be part of your preventive maintenance plan. Frequent pressure tests can detect leaks before they’ve had time to cause significant water damage or a chance to suddenly worsen. Flowmaster/flushmaster style toilets and urinals also need check-ups to avoid wasting water or failing to flush, with follow-up adjustments or repairs whenever there is a problem. In some situations, codes require back-flow testing to demonstrate that non-potable water isn’t reaching supply lines.
Proper maintenance will make sure that you’re up to code and ready for official inspections. It’s also an important tool to minimize operating costs, saving you money in the long run by reducing urgent repairs and inspection fines.
Commercial Plumbing Repairs
Your full-service plumber should also be well qualified to handle everything from a leaky faucet to sewer, water, and gas line replacement. That means that they should have one or more master plumbers in their crew. A qualified service should also have experience repairing each type of fixture in your building, including automatic faucets, grease traps, and any special equipment. They should also have in-pipe video cameras for thorough drain and sewer line inspections. Additionally, your plumber should be experienced with commercial water heaters, and thoroughly familiar with the complexities of any boiler system that you might have. And of course they should also have experts in leak detection, general leak repair, and slab leak repair.
Emergency Plumbing Services
Prompt 24/7 emergency services and efficient repairs are a vital aspect of professional commercial services. Even if you don’t have any night operations, you want ’round-the-clock emergency repairs in order to be ready for business at the start of the next day. Their repair crews should include expert and experienced trouble shooters to quickly diagnose the problem and identify the best repair approach, with a minimum of “detours.”
ASAP Drain Guys & Plumbing meets these requirements with flying colors. With well-trained technicians to fully-experienced master plumbers on our team we’re ready for all repairs to plumbing as well as to sewer, septic, and gas lines. We’ll be happy to meet with you, review your facility and maintenance records, and create a custom custom maintenance schedule.