Plumbing is a critical component in any commercial building's design. Without a functional plumbing system, you wouldn't be able to access the water and drainage needed to complete basic industrial tasks.
The pipes that serve as conduits for water within your commercial space can degrade more quickly than residential pipes if they are exposed to chemicals and other substances as a result of your industrial activities. Watch for these warning signs that it's time to install new pipes in your commercial building.
1. Low Water Pressure
If you want to monitor the health of your pipes, then you need to pay close attention to your building's water pressure. Adequate water pressure makes basic tasks like washing your hands or filling a bucket easier.
When pipes begin to deteriorate, they are plagued by leaks or poor connection points that could result in a loss of water pressure. As soon as you notice low water pressure in your building, have an experienced commercial plumber evaluate your pipes for damage. Replace old or damaged pipes to restore proper water pressure in your commercial space.
2. Discolored Water
The water moving through your plumbing system should be crystal clear when it comes out of the various taps in your commercial building. If you see water that has a red or teal tint, these are indications that your pipes are beginning to deteriorate.
Galvanized steel pipes are susceptible to rust, often rusting from the inside out. As the water is exposed to this rust when it moves through the affected pipes, rust particles dye the water a reddish brown color. Copper pipes tend to turn green as they corrode, and water moving through deteriorating copper pipes could take on a teal appearance.
Replace damaged pipes to address water discoloration problems in your commercial facility.
A leaking pipe is cause for serious concern. Water leaks can cause significant damage to your commercial building, resulting in the need for costly repairs. Even small leaks can wreak havoc on your commercial property, causing mold growth and increasing your monthly utility expenses.
Damaged pipes are often to blame for consistent leaks. Pipes that are corroded can develop pinhole leaks or poor connections that result in water loss. Replacing these damaged pipes will protect your commercial space against persistent leaks and keep water damage to a minimum.
Be vigilant in monitoring the condition of your commercial plumbing system. If you notice low water pressure, discolored water, or persistent leaks, talk to a plumber about replacing damaged pipes in your building.