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.
“Do you know how old your sump pump is?”
I love to ask people this when I get the chance. Unless they recently had a flooded basement, they don’t remember. Nobody does.
That’s not surprising. There’s a lot to remember these days … passwords, websites, birthdays, anniversaries (especially that last one!). After awhile, it’s hard enough to remember your own age, let alone the age of your sump pump. Plus, it’s down in the basement where you never go if you can help it. Even if you do look at the sump pump, it’s not like there’s a tag on it that clearly tells you the age.
Here’s the thing. Even though forgetting your sump pump’s birthday is understandable, it can lead to problems (and not because you didn’t get it a gift…).
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.
Preparing for the 2017 Winter
There are some common residential plumbing problems that usually most people can resolve on their own. And there are a host of others more serious plumbing issues that are best performed by calling a professional like Althoff Industries. Knowing the difference can save you lots of frustration and potentially some serious repairs. Here are 5 simple solutions to some common residential plumbing problems you can likely handle on your own.
If you’ve ever seen the PUR Water Bar Commercial about lead and other contaminants in drinking water, you may be concerned about the levels of lead in your facility due to the line, “This water contains an acceptable amount of lead that is well within the drinkable standards.” As a facility manager, superintendent or building owner, there are several thoughts that come to mind. The first one is that there’s lead in the water. The second involves the definition of “acceptable amount of lead,” and the third is, how do you ensure that you, your staff members and your residents and their guests are drinking safe water.
According to Live Science, about three percent of the Earth’s water is drinkable. Of that three percent, only one percent is easily accessible. This makes water conservation extremely important, especially for large commercial and residential facilities. Not to mention, using less water means you will save money on your water bills, but how do you implement a practical water conservation plan?
A great way for a building to save money on their water utility bills starts with a water audit. According to the Depaul Center for Urban Education, the average Chicago resident uses 123 gallons of water per day and 107,000 gallons of water per year. Now, imagine conducting a study on your building that would let you know where you could save water and implementing those water saving techniques so that you save money on your monthly water bill. It is possible when you conduct a comprehensive water audit.