Drain Pain: Demystifying Common Commercial Plumbing Issues

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Drainage issues can cause major problems in any commercial building, disrupting your everyday tasks and seriously inconveniencing your employees and guests. It makes sense that you want to avoid them if possible, and our team here at Wake Forest Plumbing Company is here to help you. Below, we’ll review a few common commercial plumbing issues, with a focus on drainage problems, their causes, and how you can avoid them.

Drain Pain: Demystifying Common Commercial Plumbing Issues

Common Causes of Drainage Issues With Commercial Plumbing

  1. Grease and Food Buildup – This issue is most common for restaurants and other food service businesses, but that’s not to say it can’t be an issue in other types of properties.
  2. Foreign Objects – Accidentally (or purposefully) putting things that shouldn’t go down the drain into your commercial plumbing system can cause serious blockages.
  3. Mineral Deposits – If you have hard water at your business location, the pipes in your commercial plumbing system are more likely to develop scale or mineral deposits that clog up the drains.
  4. Compromised Sewer Lines – Things like tree roots and shifting soil can cause issues with your sewer lines, which can lead to slow drains, blockages, or leaks.

Solutions and Preventative Measures

  1. Grease Traps РCapturing grease before it enters the drain line will help prevent clogs and unpleasant smells.
  2. Strainers/Screens – Using strainers on sinks and drains will help prevent the accidental introduction of foreign objects into the drain lines.
  3. Regular Cleaning – Investing in routine commercial plumbing maintenance will help you catch small problems before they get worse.
  4. Education – Make sure your staff understands proper disposal methods and what items can and cannot be sent down the drain.

If you’d like to learn more about how to care for your commercial plumbing system or need assistance with your drains, contact our team to schedule a service visit.