What Constitutes A Commercial Plumbing Emergency?
Plumbing problems are never easy. When they hit emergency levels, they’re even worse. At best, it can interfere with business operations. At worst, it can jeopardize the safety of your employees and customers.
What is a commercial plumbing emergency?
It’s difficult not to have a drip or leak in a large commercial building. You’ll find a minor dripping faucet here and there. But is it a big deal? The answer: it can be.
A faucet that drips just a few times per minute can quickly add us to hundreds of gallons of wasted water per year. More than one drip compounds the problem. And that means your utility bills are higher than they need to be.
Beyond that, a drip or a leak is your plumbing’s way of saying there is a problem. Ignore it and you might face a bigger crisis soon.
If you leave those tiny leaks unattended, they turn into bigger problems that surface by a puddle of water. While some puddles may take weeks, even months to form, in some cases they also appear overnight. A backed up drain can create a lot of freestanding water. So can a broken pipe or a faulty appliance.
Standing water equates to a plumbing emergency. In addition to potentially causing structural damage to your building, standing water can also leak into your electrical system, increasing vulnerabilities to electrical hazards.
What should you do in a commercial plumbing emergency?
Shut Off The Water At The Main
If the leak or flood takes place at a specific appliance – a toilet for instance – you can easily locate the water shut off for that specific fixture, which is usually right behind it. However, some leaks don’t correspond to an individual shut off. To avoid a hazardous situation, you will need to turn off the main water shut off for the entire building.
If you don’t know where this is, work with a plumber to learn where it is and the process needed to turn the water off. Draw up plans and have them readily available in case you aren’t available. Ensure your employees know procedures too.
You should also know where your breaker box is and have each circuit breaker clearly labeled with which corresponds to power in specific areas of the building. When you find standing water, you can cut power to that specific part of the building to eliminate the risk of injury due to electrical shock.
If you don’t know where your breaker box is or how it works, now is the time to find it and label it. Be sure you have procedures in place in case you aren’t available and an employee needs to handle the situation.
Is your commercial property ready for a plumbing emergency?