Preventative plumbing maintenance is done while a system is still functioning to ensure that it's working to full capacity and that there are no issues that could cause an unexpected breakdown.
The cost savings of taking part in a preventative plumbing maintenance program significantly outweigh the costs you incur when the equipment fails. In the short term, the expense of component replacement that is old or no longer working, as it should, is considerably lower than the charges you would see when emergency repairs are needed. A schedule based on your availability is also much more convenient than waiting for a repairman when an unexpected failure arises.
The long term savings are even more beneficial as the life of your entire plumbing system can be extended by making sure that the infrastructure is working at its full potential. Heading off issues before problems occur also plays a big part in safety and risk management. As an example; regularly venting a hot water cylinder relief valve can prevent the unit from bursting which will not only result in flooding but also lead to potential water in and around electrical panels.
The benefits of scheduling preventative plumbing maintenance appointments include:
- Reduction of unexpected breakdowns and service interruptions by finding where your potential risks lie and assessing possible risks to your system.
- Discovering leaks, clogged pipes/drains and keeping sewer lines flowing as they should.
- Reducing water consumption by identifying leaking faucets and toilets.
- Avoiding un-expected costs of roof repair or replacement due to unresolved issues.
- Developing a relationship with our service team which in turn allows them to become familiar with your site. This makes for much easier troubleshooting when problems do occur.
- Assist facility managers in achieving budget stability.
By using the following checklist you can greatly increase the chances that your plumbing is in optimal working order:
- Annually inspect plumbing and look for leaks and investigate unusual noises. Water boosters and circulation pumps also require annual testing faulty couplings and leaks.
- Replace as needed, sump and sewage ejection pumps as well as annually lubricate exposed pumps.
- Public restroom fixtures withstand a higher level of heavy use and abuse. They should be checked on a regular basis for leaks, as well as to replace internal workings based on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- One single dripping tap can waste 30-200 litres of water per day. By performing regular inspections and replacing tap washers, o-rings and jumper valves can save you a considerable amount of money.
- Toilets & Urinals require regular servicing to operate effectively. This assures a clean, odour free and hygienic facility. It is critical to service urinals regularly to avoid drainage and pooling issues.
- Water quality can be greatly improved by regularly changing water filters. This improves not only taste but reduces sediment in your system.
- One of the biggest culprits causing sewer line clogs is improperly flushed or dumped objects such as baby diapers, oil, grease and paint. Tree roots can also cause havoc on sewer lines as can ground movement and general old age. A yearly high pressure jet treatment and CCTV camera inspection can remove/identify blockages and keep the pipes flowing smoothly.
- Hot water systems need routine inspections. This ensures longevity and efficiency from your system. An inspection involves a general checkup of the unit for leaks and damage, safety checks of valves, pipes and parts and temperature/thermostat adjustment if needed. A hot water system can many times be set at and unnecessarily high temperature which not only costs you more for the heating process but can also cause burns to skin.
- Businesses can prevent plumbing disasters from obstructing their operations with regular maintenance from a commercial plumbing team.