Unfortunately, preventative plumbing maintenance is something most business owners don’t really give a second thought to. However, by taking the time to invest in a preventative plan, you will not only ensure that your plumbing is compliant, but also in working order.
Among the factors covered in a preventative maintenance plan is backflow prevention testing which is regulated by law. Other aspects often include TMV testing and even roofing repairs.
Safeguard Your Commercial Building Against Plumbing Emergencies
Believe it or not, many plumbing emergencies can be prevented. This is especially the case if the correct maintenance is done regularly, to replace any faulty components. Here are a few good reasons to invest in a preventative plumbing maintenance program.
Thermostatic Mixing Valve Testing and Installation
Essentially, thermostatic mixing valve (TMV) testing refers to the process of ensuring that the hot water in your building is compliant with Australian legislation.
Routinely testing the TMV in your building will ensure that a faulty component doesn’t cause unregulated hot water to scald or burn anyone using it. Fortunately, an issue with your TMV can usually easily be rectified by replacing the main valve.
Fire Service Repairs and Replacement
Another inspection that’s required by Australian law has to do with the quality and efficiency of the various fire-prevention measures you have in place. A preventative maintenance program will include testing and repairing all your equipment.
Additionally, your plumber may also perform fire service surveys in your area to ensure your solutions are compliant with current laws. Having a third party do this will take a lot of stress off your shoulders.
Backflow Testing and Prevention
Any commercial property owner should be well-versed in the importance of backflow testing. Simply put, this type of testing involves ensuring that the water from your taps is clean and uncontaminated.
Low water pressure of faulty valves often causes water to flow backwards in the pipes and this exposes the pipes to existing bacteria. This in turn can lead to disease, which if connected to your property will leave you liable for any health costs of people who suffered because of your negligence.
Sewerage and Stormwater Repairs
The last thing any business owner wants is to have a sewerage leak in their buildings, or even just on their property. In addition to the health implications, this can be very bad for business and time-consuming to clean up. With regular inspections, any potential blockages can be dealt with before an emergency happens.
Roofing Maintenance and Repairs
Plumbing repairs aren’t the only aspects of property ownership that can dip quite heavily into your profits. Anyone who has ever had to replace or repair a roof will agree that this can also be an expensive issue to resolve.
Fortunately, the majority of roofing issues can be prevented by ensuring that regular maintenance is done. This would include clearing blocked gutters, removing plant debris from the roof or even repairing or replacing minor components that tend to wear and tear easily.
If your property is connected to a gas line, it’s important to regularly check for leaks or other damage. This can prevent you, your staff or your visitors from being exposed to carbon monoxide. This task is especially crucial if you’re running a commercial kitchen on your property.
The Benefits of Preventative Maintenance
Investing in preventative plumbing maintenance has some very important benefits:
- Reduced cost: While a maintenance plan may be costly initially, the costs of repairs or replacements will be considerably higher after an emergency situation has taken place.
- Added risk prevention: In many instances, plumbing catastrophes are worse than just dealing with leaks and blockages. Gas leaks or a faulty TMV can lead to serious injury if left unattended.
- Minimise equipment and furnishing damage: Water streaming out of a leaking or burst pipe can lead to severe damage to furnishings and equipment. This will add to the cost of a bad plumbing issue!
- Access to expert advice: Enlisting a plumber to do routine maintenance will help you build a relationship with an expert. This in turn will usually give you the flexibility of choosing the best time to schedule necessary repairs, as they’ll be happy to accommodate loyal clients. You’ll also get expert advice on which repairs are more urgent and in which instances it may be more cost-effective to opt for a replacement.
- Compliance: There are various plumbing regulations that must be adhered to in all Australian states. As part of the preventative maintenance program, your certified plumber will ensure that your systems are compliant and align with the relevant regulations.
Preventative plumbing maintenance should be as much a part of your business as your business plan is! Whether you own the property, or you’re just renting, it’s imperative to ensure that this type of maintenance takes place.
Other than keeping your property free from plumbing emergencies, you’ll also be saving money in the long run. You’ll also be ensuring that your business or property is compliant with the various Australian laws set up to keep everyone safe!