When was the last time you inspected your plumbing system within your commercial building? If its been a while, chances are that your plumbing system status may have changed, and you may run the risk of developing leaks and blowouts. A comprehensive call to plumbing preventive maintenance service can help you maintain the reliable operation of your plumbing system.A licensed plumber in Singapore, however, can help solve a whole slew of plumbing problems. Nonetheless, attempting to repair relatively minor problems such as blocked drains, clogged bathrooms, slow draining toilets, leaking faucets or a kitchen sink clog without a qualified plumbing professional could contribute to even greater headaches in the future.
Advantages of having a Plumbing Maintenance Checklist
When you hire a plumbing contractor in Chicago to inspect the age, wear, tear and corrosion of your pipes, you should always make sure that your contractor has a checklist. Plumbing maintenance checklists help ensure a thorough inspection of your entire system and nothing is missed. It also helps to ensure you get a full report at the end of the proactive maintenance call.
Checklist for proactive plumbing preventive maintenance
A proactive maintenance plumbing checklist should cover all of your plumbing system’s critical components including the pipes , valves, water heater, and drains.
1. Active Leaks
Any proactive plumbing maintenance inspection should check for signs of active leakage including water spots, moisture or puddles and mould or mildew. Leaks of unknown and unreparated water can waste thousands of gallons of water a year.
2. Corrosion Signals
The inspection should check on all visible plumbing pipes for signs of corrosion and the presence of lime scale around water faucets and shower heads. The presence of substantial corrosion might mean your pipes are near the end of their useful lives.
3. Water Pressure Reading
The water pressure of a building should not exceed 80psi, and not be lower than 40psi. Higher water pressure is often found in buildings with multiple storeys at the lower levels while lower water pressure can be found at the higher levels. Water pressure that is too low can cause resident complaints, while excessively high water pressure can damage your pipes.
4. Check valves for proper operation
All safety and shut-off valves in your plumbing system should be tested for proper operation, and replace any broken valves. This ensures that in case of a major blowout, you can turn off the water to certain sections of the building, rather than turn off the entire water system of the building.
5. Water Heater Inspection
The hot water heater in your building should be inspected for proper temperature and any apparent leaks. There should also be testing of the safety valves and overflows. Immediate repairs should be made to safety issues.
6. Drainage Inspection
Test all drains in your building for flow rate. To restore proper function, slow drains or clogged drains should be power-rodded or hydrojetised. You may also want to consider a camera inspection of your drain lines to ensure that they are in good working order and have no root infiltrations and/or bellying in the lines.
7. Backflow Testing
To prevent water in the system from flowing backwards and/or being contaminated with other chemicals and substances, all commercial buildings and large multi-unit residential buildings must have backflow preventive devices and annual backflow tests.