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Common Sewer and Drainage Problems in Commercial Buildings

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Out of sight, out of mind. It’s true for many things, but when you manage a building, you know you can’t afford to stick your head in the sand. Your job includes being mindful and aware of your building’s plumbing and drainage system. How can you be one with the plumbing and avoid a blocked sewer problem in Manchester, MO?

Common Sewage Problems

You can start developing your one-with-the-pipes sense right here with some brief information about four common sewage and drainage problems in commercial buildings.

1. Backups. Whether you have a slow-to-go or full-blown toilet overflow, backups are common problems in commercial buildings. Mechanical failure or user error cause most of your troubles, but look for problems from the city sewer line by paying attention to the lowest levels of your building where these problems are more likely to reveal themselves.

2. Odors. Persistent, lingering odors may also indicate a leaking or blocked sewer. These odors may be noticed indoors or outdoors.

3. Landscape Clues. When you are working on oneness with the building’s sewer system, be sure to walk the grounds. Clues such as extra green areas, new depressions, soppy ground and unpleasant odor may indicate pipe breaks or other sewer problems.

4. Foundation. Inspect that base. Like landscape problems, foundation cracks could indicate dilapidated sewer pipes.

A little knowledge and attention count for a lot in prevention, so don’t be afraid to add a routine inspection to your list of responsibilities. You don’t have to be an expert to find the first sign of trouble, but you probably need an expert to fix it.

When You Find Trouble

Finding a broken sewer pipe usually involves a black water leak, and that calls for special cleanup to ensure safety and prevention of secondary damage. Working with a commercial building restoration professional is the best solution since one company can handle the full scope of the project.

So now that you know what to look for, get out there and explore the plumbing system. Nobody wants to find a problem like a blocked sewer, but you will save time and money finding it sooner rather than later.

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