With the outdoor temperatures warming, it’s time to think about spring cleaning your Chicago property. For most superintendents, maintenance teams and property managers, this often means checking the building envelope for leaks, visually inspecting facades for winter weather damage, scheduling roof and HVAC inspections and cleaning up the exterior of the property. However, you shouldn’t forget about your plumbing system. Cold weather can cause damage to your plumbing pipes, and as everything begins to thaw, you may notice water spots appearing on walls and ceilings.
As a property owner, you may not give much thought to the hot water heaters in your condo unless you’re having problems getting hot water to your taps, or you've experienced multiple failures. Thankfully, there are things you can do to mitigate both problems and efficiently determine who should pay for hot water heater repairs.
Are you concerned about your Chicago building’s water consumption? Lowering your building’s water consumption helps conserve water while lowering your water bills. Unfortunately, if you haven’t examined your plumbing system or water fixtures lately, you could be using more water than your building truly needs to use. Here at Althoff, our plumbers have put together some tips to help Chicago facility managers lower their water usage.
When it comes to making sure your Chicago facility is prepared for an emergency, it pays to have mechanical equipment insurance. Insurance products are designed to protect you against extreme and unforeseen financial losses due to sudden catastrophes.
Commercial and residential hot water heaters are designed to last between 10 and 20 years with proper maintenance. This means periodically flushing the tank to remove sediment, checking the temperature setting, testing the hot water at the taps and visually inspecting the water heater for signs of rust, corrosion and leaks. If proper hot water heater maintenance is not maintained, you could find yourself with a blowout and flooding in your multi family building.
Did you know that not every pipe in your building is a plumbing pipe? The distinction depends on the type of equipment connected to the end of the pipe. For example, if the pipe is connected to a faucet, it’s part of the plumbing system. If the end of the pipe is connected to a drink machine, food manufacturing machine or used in a process in an industrial factory, it’s probably process piping.
When is the last time you had your water system tested for backflow? All Chicago commercial and large residential buildings need to undergo backflow testing in Chicago at least once a year, and some buildings should consider seasonal backflow testing in order to ensure the safety of the building’s drinking water.
When the temperatures dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it is important to make sure your water lines are well protected against freezing. Frozen building plumbing pipes can lead to significant water damage when the pipe bursts due to the increase in pressure.
When is the last time you had your commercial building plumbing system inspected? If it’s been awhile, the status of your plumbing system may have changed, and you may be at risk for developing leaks and blowouts. A comprehensive plumbing preventive maintenance service call can help you keep your plumbing system operating reliably.
When you think about maintaining your parking garage, you probably think about sealing the concrete to prevent premature deterioration of the concrete and the steel reinforcements running through the concrete. While protective sealants are essential, you should not forget about your parking garage drains, which are also typically constructed from cast iron and/or steel and other metal components which are susceptible to corrosion under the right circumstances. Unfortunately, if your garage drains significantly deteriorate, you could be looking at the need to completely replace the system, which could render your parking garage unusable and inconvenience your tenants.