At its basic definition, plumbing is plumbing whether it is in a home or a business. However, commercial use requires familiarity with local regulation and additional technical consideration to meet your business needs.
Many of the plumbing issues your business experiences can be fixed by your maintenance team. However, when more complicated problems arise such as sewer and drain pipe issues, call NRH Plumbing for help. If your water and sewer lines are backed up, cracked, corroded or damaged, it can cause significant damage to your property and affect your business. There are a variety of reasons your business may need pipe services:
Commercial toilets and urinals are made to withstand frequently use (and abuse) by the public. Modern toilets have evolved but unfortunately, they aren’t the simple bathroom fixtures we have at home. Advances in technology have made flushing more economical but it has also made them more complicated. As a result, many more things can go wrong when trying to repair or install a commercial toilet. If toilets aren’t working properly, businesses and property can be quickly damaged. Immediate repair is important to the safety of your employees and your customers.
Washing machines can make a real mess if your drain pipe overflows. Washing machines can quickly dispel gallons of water on the floor causing the potential for some major water damage. When a washing machine runs through its cycles, it pumps out dirty water and refills the basin with the clean water it needs to rinse your clothes. To remove the dirty water, the machine pumps water through a rear-mounted outlet tube fitted with a flexible discharge hose. The flexible hose flows into a drain pipe that is connected to the main sewer line. However, it is possible for your washing machine drain pipe to fail. The most likely problem is a clogged drain pipe. Pipes can become clogged by lint and other debris that detach from your clothing during the wash. Of course, there are other issues that can cause washing machine overflows including deteriorating pipes, a kinked discharge hose, sewer line blockages, and inadequately sized drain pipes.
If you have made the investment in a sump pump to protect your basement from floods, you expect it to work when you need it. Therefore, the best way to prevent sump pump failure is with prevention and maintenance.
In Minnesota, our cold temperatures combined with wind chill creates an increased risk for burst or frozen pipes. As we learned in basic science, water expands as it freezes. This expansion can block the line and can put tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including copper, steel or plastic pipes. Even a tiny crack can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The result of frozen water pipes are property damage and high repair costs. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements, crawl spaces, garages, or even kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls with little or no insulation are also at risk of freezing.
Many “Do It Yourselfers” replace bathtubs on their own. However, replacing a bathtub requires a lot of planning. With a bathtub project, there are many points to consider and many things that could go wrong. We will list some of the project considerations below:
In homes with multiple bathrooms or vacation homes, an unused bathroom drain can begin to smell when it isn’t used frequently. This smell may come from tubs and sinks and is due to an unused plumbing trap (also known as a P-trap.) Plumbing traps are found underneath bathroom drains and are U-shaped dips in the pipe. These traps are designed to prevent your bathroom and home from being filled with sewer odors. With normal use of a bathroom, these traps remained filled with water. The water provides a seal that prevents sewer smells from coming up through the drain.
If you think you have high water pressure, you will want to address it immediately. High water pressure can cause your toilets to run, leakage in your pipes, and even more serious issues. If not handled right away, non-insulated or loose pipes can hammer against the wall or against other pipes, causing potential internal damage or bursts.
If you turn on your tap and water only trickles, you have low water pressure. If it is short term problem and it quickly returns to normal, it may be related to the municipal water supply, not the pipes in your house. It’s rare, but if you hear of a break in a municipal main line, it can temporarily reduce your water pressure. A more common cause of this problem is with your faucet aerator. This is caused by a build-up of deposits or sediment. Even with water softeners and city treatment, the water entering your pipes carries dissolved minerals in it that eventually build up on metal surfaces. Unless you have a filtration system, these mineral deposits collect on inner surfaces of faucet aerators and even your shower heads. These minerals clog screens and slow the flow of your water.