Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!
Owning a building means a commitment to maintenance. Whether the building houses your own business or you have tenants, keeping the plumbing in top shape is a must. Fortunately, you can avoid many extensive problems with a little bit of preventative maintenance. The following tips will help.
Tip #1: Turn down the water heater
Overly hot water coming from the taps can be dangerous for people using the sinks. Keeping the water at high heat also shortens the lifespan of the commercial hot water heater -- the elements may burn out sooner than they would otherwise. To prevent both issues, set the heater to 120 F. This temperature is still hot enough to kill bacteria, but it isn't likely to damage anything.
Tip #2: Invest in the right bathroom products
It's not uncommon for a business to invest in low quality toilet tissue as a cost saving measure. Unfortunately, some of these stiffer papers do not break down well, which increases the chances of them causing a clog. Although you do not need to invest in the highest quality tissue, make sure the type you do choose won't lead to clog problems. Tissue marketed as "septic safe" tends to break down quickly.
Tip #3: Ditch the paper towels
Paper towels are an unnecessary expense that can lead to plumbing problems. When flushed, they clog toilets. Small pieces of them often seem to end up in sink drains, as well. Instead of paper towels, install one of the quick hand dryers. These dry hands with just a pass or two, so they are even easier to use than paper towels.
Tip #4: Shield all drains
Whether it's the drain in the sink or a floor drain, your goal is to prevent clogs from occurring. Placing screens over the drains is the most effective way of ensuring nothing goes down a drain that shouldn't. Your janitorial crew may need to clean the bathroom more often, particularly if it's heavily used, since debris can collect on top of the drain screen and cause a temporary blockage.
Tip #5: Schedule inspections
Finally, make sure a commercial plumber inspects your plumbing system a couple of times annually. They can catch slow leaks in the pipes early, before you end up with major damage. Drain cleaning services can also be performed when needed, but before there is a backup. The plumber will also catch small issues, like dripping faucets, that waste your money but aren't always immediately obvious.
Contact a plumber like Ongaro And Sons for more help.