There can be nothing more time consuming and costly than industrial plumbing problems. It is important to know how to recognize a problem before it turns into a disaster. Here are five industrial plumbing problems that may require plumbing services and repairs.
Faulty Plumbing Sounds
Plumbing leaks that may seem more like a nuisance can often become serious problems if not looked at by a professional. Some of these plumbing noise sources include:
- Pipe fixtures and outlets dripping
- Supply pipe leak
- Corroded pipe leaking
The sound of dripping water can be tough to track down. If the leak is from a pipe that is inside the wall cavity, you may not notice it until you see water stains and/or mold forming on the wall or floor. This can begin to produce a moldy smell that can permeate throughout the area. Leaks that occur in the wall cavity can be very harmful to a structure over time if not taken care of.
Dripping pipes or fixtures can only occur when there is a source of water. Not all pipes or drains have water flowing through them at all times. This can cause intermittent leaking, such as around water basins with drains or drainage pipes. Faulty plumbing vents can also cause drainage noises.
There are a number of pipe tests that can be conducted in order to hunt down leaks:
- Hydrostatic pressure test
- Video camera inspection using state of the art infrared technology
- Static leak isolation testing
- Electronic listening
- Slab Leak Detection
Plumbing Ventilation Problems
Plumbing ventilation allows harmful sewage gasses to be released to prevent build up inside the building. Sewer gas contains hydrogen sulfide and ammonia along with other non-toxic gasses. Studies have shown that even small amounts of sewer gas can cause irritation of the eyes, dizziness, headaches and drowsiness.
A significant difference between residential plumbing and industrial plumbing problems are that commercial sewage systems can be the outlet for more toxic liquids and substances. In such cases, sewer gas would also contain carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane and sulfur dioxide.
An industrial plumber specializes in dealing with such issues. Using some of the pipe tests listed above, they can locate and solve the problems.
Sump Pump Failure
A sump pump failure can be another source of industrial plumbing problems. Sump pumps prevent basement or ground level floors from flooding. They do this by removing water from the sump basin and drawing it out through a hose to an exterior location such as a sewer.
Sump pump problems come from either clogged drainage pipes or a bad pump. If these things occur, it can cause your basement or first level floor to flood. This can cause severe damage to the structure, equipment, and furniture. Water from sump basins can become contaminated, and this will cause odors in the interior.
Other causes for sump pump failure could be a broken power supply, mechanical failure, improper installation, or a sump pump that is too small for the job.
Other industrial plumbing problems are sagging pipes due to soil shifts. Pipes can become misaligned and cause low points. These low points don’t allow water to drain properly, which will cause the line to back up. If the ground under the pipe shifts enough, the pipe will eventually crack or even break. This problem can be fixed easily as long as it is handled right away.
Limescale buildup is one of the most common industrial plumbing problems, especially in the commercial food business. This limescale build-up is caused by “hard water.” Hard water has abnormally large amounts of calcium in it. When water boils off or evaporates the calcium is left behind.
This causes equipment to become coated by limescale build-up. Pipes and faucet fixtures will eventually become clogged by its build-up as well. This problem can be aggravated by the fact that lime buildup is very difficult to remove once it gets too hard. Water filters are often used to cure such issues.
Reno, Nevada, business owners with industrial plumbing problems should consult an industrial plumber. These issues may seem small at first, but as they get worse, they will become more costly to fix. Industrial plumbing problems can cause a business’s operation to slow down or even halt. If you are in need of an professional plumber, please contact us today.