3 Overlooked Plumbing Issues That Could Cost Your Office a Mint
Plumbing issues can be some of the costliest repairs that a landlord, property manager or business owner will have to make, and not just because of plumber’s fees or the equipment needing to be replaced. The significant expense comes with the damage that water can do to the rest of the property. Water is one of the most destructive elements on earth and it can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage in a very short period of time.
Here are 3 overlooked plumbing issues that could end up costing you a mint:
Poorly Functioning Main Shut-Off Valve. Typically the first thing one does when a leak is discovered is to shut the water off at the main shut-off valve. What happens if the main shut off valve is not working properly and will not shut off? Answer: Water keeps leaking until a plumber can come out and shut it off at the street. Recently, a business experienced this issue and the water ran for hours before a plumber could come out to fix it. The delay created many issues outside of the cost to fix the leak. Water damaged the flooring and the walls, requiring replacement of both at a cost into the thousands. Now imagine if the leak happened to be over an area with other office equipment, computers or furniture, the expense could become astronomical. It’s important to always make sure the main shut-off valve is working properly to save these costly headaches.
Old or Malfunctioning Water Heater. A well-maintained water heater can give you 15-20 years of good use. A poorly maintained unit will only last about 8-10 years. Most small office tenants do not have their water heaters regularly serviced, which can lead to issues beyond replacing it. If a water heater were to leak or blow, you are again looking at water damage costs on top of equipment replacement. A new water heater averages about $2000 to $3000. You can check the age of your unit by looking at the badge. Make sure to have your water heater regularly serviced. Also be sure to check new water heater regulations enacted this year, installation could get costly if the space is not big enough.
Low Water Pressure and Slow Drains. Low water pressure or slowly draining drains could signal a problem bigger than just a clogged pipe. Low water pressure could signal old pipes that may have started to corrode. Similarly, the rate at which water drains can signal a larger issue. Slow drainage could be a sign of a blocked pipe or old drainage pipes. In both cases, you could be looking at replacing pipes — especially if the issue is not addressed quickly and the corrosion continues. Depending on the location of your pipes, you could also be looking at repairing walls and hiring additional trades.
With all of these very real plumbing issues, you could be looking at a business shut down while the problems are repaired, but that doesn’t have to happen with advanced preparation and proper planning. Be sure to keep on top of regular plumbing maintenance and repair any issues immediately. A commercial office warranty plan through OfficeGuardian will give you peace of mind to know that repairs will be taken care of quickly when any plumbing issues arise.
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