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The Biggest Challenges of Industrial Plumbing

Industrial plumbing involves so many moving parts that challenges are almost always inevitable. Industrial plumbing architecture in commercial buildings tends to be more complex. Therefore, the potential for damages increases as compared to residential plumbing. Here are the most common issues that can occur with industrial plumbing and what plumbing work is required to solve them.

Leakages

The grade of pipes and fixtures tend to be higher and more heavy-duty in industrial buildings compared to the pipes found in residential homes. But leakages can still happen in industrial plumbing. Whether these leaks are coming from pipes, faucets, toilets, or skins, leakages are a reoccurring plumbing issue in commercial or industrial settings.

Damaged pipes

Office buildings or commercial properties entail hundreds of miles of piping. And because these pipes are dealing with large volumes of water, they are prone to cracking, splitting, and bursting. The main challenge for professional plumbers is repairing or replacing pipework because the work is a complex and expensive process. Routine maintenance and preventative measures are always best so that minor issues won’t develop into more serious problems.

Sewage odours

Dry pipes and frequent clogging in industrial plumbing can cause foul sewage smells. This can easily disrupt daily operations. Unpleasant sewage odours can be a nuisance and may negatively impact the business.

Murky or dirty water

When dirty or cloudy water comes out of your fixtures, they’re likely caused by a mineral build-up. The build-up not only discolours the water but can also wreck the pipes and can be a telling sign of corrosion.

Fluctuating water pressure

When there are problems with the pipes, water pressure in the building will be affected. When there’s mineral or sediment buildup in the pipes, the water pressure shoots up. While it may seem beneficial, the pressure will put more strain on your pipes, causing more problems. On the other hand, old, galvanised pipes and a failing pressure regulator will cause a drop in water pressure. Either way, fluctuating water pressure can slow down operations.

Incorrect water temperature

The food and textile industries require boilers. Gas power plants need cold water as part of the production process. When there’s an issue with the plumbing system, you’re more likely to experience unreliable water temperature. These issues can vary with common problems relating to the thermostat or the insulation and can disrupt the day-to-day operations.

What to do when dealing with plumbing problems

Industrial plumbing issues call for immediate attention and response as there can be a lot of damage when dealing with them. While residential plumbing issues have a limited impact, one burst pipe can affect several floors in an office building. Things can get ugly pretty quickly when these issues are left unaddressed.

 

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