Commercial plumbing doesn’t have to deal with seasons of increased stress the way climate control systems do. At least, not under most circumstances. Even so, we feel it’s important to provide a refresher on the kinds of problems that commercial plumbing systems can deal with during the winter season. If you know what kinds of issues your commercial plumbing system is likely to see over the next few months, you’ll hopefully be able to identify them more quickly and call for repairs.
The majority of plumbing pipes on a commercial property are going to be either insulated enough to be protected from freezing, or large enough that they’re unlikely to freeze over. Still, in some cases, it’s possible that a few of the more minor pipes used on the outside of the property will be prone to freezing over if it gets cold enough.
In a pipe that does freeze over, the water expands as it freezes and puts immense pressure on the walls of the pipe. This causes the pipe to crack, and even rupture. Obviously, that’s something you want to avoid. There are a couple of ways to avoid this problem. The first way is simply to turn off the water to the pipe, and open a faucet connected to it so the water inside can drain out. No water, no damage from the pipe freezing. If it’s a pipe that is both vulnerable and necessary, though, one thing you can do is insulate the pipe yourself or have a professional do it. With proper insulation, even an outdoor pipe should be sufficiently protected from freezing.
Whether in the middle of a boiling-hot summer or a frozen winter, you always need to be on-guard for any leaks that might show up in the system. We harp on this subject a lot, we know. However, that’s only because detecting leaks quickly is so important for preventing water damage and lowering water bills. Dropping water pressure is typically a sign that there is a substantial leak in the system nearby. Monthly water bills that are much higher than they should be are also a clear sign that something is wrong. The water has to be exiting the system somewhere, and if it’s not at a usual terminal that means there’s a leak. Also, be sure to call a plumber as soon as you notice any obvious water damage in the building itself. If a section of the wall looks like it’s growing a mold colony, it’s a safe bet that there’s a leak feeding it in that area.
It can be difficult to positively identify leaks when they occur, especially if they’re smaller. So, even if you aren’t entirely sure that you have a leak in your system, it’s better to call a professional plumber and make sure than to wait for confirmation through worsening symptoms.
Magnolia Commercial Plumbing Heating Cooling provides comprehensive plumbing services in Washington, DC. If you need commercial plumbing repair or maintenance services, contact us today to schedule an appointment.