Office Plumbing: You’re Just One Courtesy Flush Away from a Problem

 In All, Plumbing

As a business owner moving into a new retail space there are a lot of decisions to be made and issues to think about. Your focus is on what needs to be in place to run your business, not necessarily the systems and how they function. As the tenant, you may have had no input into the major systems in the building like the plumbing.

Most leases give commercial tenants full responsibility for nearly every system both inside and outside their suites. Since most commercial tenants rarely perform pre-lease inspections, they accept their building’s systems in as-is condition, without knowing their age, condition, or life expectancy. All of these systems and their hundreds of components expose tenants to the risk of large repair and replacement bills.

Plumbing can be one of the costliest and most time-consuming office systems to repair so preventing any issues before they happen will save business owners time and money. Here are some preventative maintenance tips to help you keep your business running smoothly.

  1. Have a pre-lease inspection: Having an inspection ahead of time can help to determine any issues that may need to be addressed with the landlord. Be sure to check the water pressure. Knowing ahead of time what you are dealing with in terms of the age and condition of the plumbing can help you with budgets and future planning.
  2.  Use the right supplies: Consider the type of toilet paper you are supplying in the bathroom. If the pipes are old or if the toilets aren’t commercial grade, then two-ply soft and fluffy may look really great to your customers, but that could cause backups in your bathrooms that will shut them down. Use signs reminding customers not to put paper towels in toilets in public restrooms.
  3.  Have regular maintenance and check-ups: Keep your plumbing properly maintained and cleaned and should an issue arise, address it quickly before it has a chance to cause more damage. Fix running toilets, clear slow drains and fix leaky faucets as soon possible. If your office kitchen has a garbage disposal, check for leaks on a regular basis. Consider having a preventative maintenance checklist in bathrooms and kitchens for employees and cleaning people to use to keep you informed of any issues. If you have drinking fountains, have them checked and maintained on a regular basis and fix any leaks right away. Left unattended, leaks can not only cause high water bills but expensive additional water damage to walls, carpet and equipment.
  4.  Purchase a Commercial Office Warranty: Commercial office warranties give you much more than peace of mind regarding repairs and maintenance.  An office warranty offers preventative protection. By maintaining your plumbing and other office systems regularly, you can avoid the hassle of repairs and break downs and keep your systems running smoothly longer. It protects your property 24/7/365. An office warranty offers a fixed-cost, worry-free response team to commercial tenants in the event that a major plumbing issue occur. The office warranty through OfficeGuardian provides quarterly maintenance, annual fire extinguisher inspection and begins with an HVAC tune-up and 110 point system inspection.

With OfficeGuardian, you can rest assured your office is in good hands. Not only do our plans cover your appliances and office systems that break down, but we remove even more of the hassles of maintenance with services such as carpet cleaning, window washing, and pest control.

OfficeGuardian will protect you from repair nightmares, eliminate surprises that disrupt business, and stabilize your bottom line. We ensure that when a repair is made, it’s done right the first time, guaranteed. One Call Does It All.

For more information visit www.officewarranty.com

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