Commercial plumbing systems are just as prone to developing problems as any other system. They also can amass some pretty hefty repair bills, depending on the issues affecting them. If you want to keep your commercial plumbing system in good condition for as long as possible, we recommend that you schedule preventive maintenance for it at least once a year. Even then, though, you need to keep an eye out between appointments for any signs that the system is in trouble. Read on for some common symptoms that your plumbing system is in need of repairs.
Unusual Spikes in Water Bills
You should always be suspicious if your water bills suddenly start to cost more than it seems would be justified by your level of usage. Oftentimes, such increases in water costs are due to leaks in the system that are large enough to waste a substantial amount of water from month to month. If your water bills are climbing much higher than you think they should, you might need to have a professional plumber take a look at the system for you.
Dropping Water Pressure
If your water pressure appears to be falling over time, it means that you likely have a leak or a blockage in the system. Most of the time, though, that kind of slow decline in water pressure is due to the formation of limescale in the pipes. Limescale is the result of long-term exposure to hard water, and is common in large swathes of the country. The more limescale builds up in the pipes, the more it will restrict the flow of water through them. If the limescale isn’t dealt with in time, it can harden and become nearly impossible to remove without repiping the entire section. If you think you have limescale in your pipes, you should have a professional deal with it sooner rather than later.
Sometimes, the soil around a water or sewer line can shift to the point that it actually bends the pipe out of shape. This is called bellying, and it can cause a number of big problems for the system. Imagine trying to get water through a garden hose with a kink in it, and you’ll have a fairly good idea of what can happen when a pipe has severe bellying. In a water line, this can make it very difficult to get enough water to serve the entire building. In a sewer line, it can lead to frequent backups and other issues. If you suspect that one of your pipes is having this issue, you should definitely call a professional plumber to have a look at it as soon as possible. Oftentimes, the solution for this issue is to replace the damaged pipe section.