Throughout New York City, businesses are slowly being able to reopen. That’s great news, but it could come with some unpleasant surprises in the plumbing department. Plumbing systems – whether this is in your restaurant, garage, manufacturing facility, professional office building, or any other type of business you can imagine – are designed to be used.
When the plumbing sits idle for many months, problems can develop. Here’s what to watch out for – including red flag signs that indicate it’s time to call your New York City plumbers.
Why Do The Sinks Smell So Bad?
When sinks aren’t used for a while, the water in the trap portion of the drain beneath the sink evaporates. That’s bad news, because that water stops bad smelling sewer-gasses from backing up the drain and making your sink stink. The good news is this is an easy fix: turn on the water and let it run for a few minutes. Flush any toilets you have in the business as well. Doing this will put water back in the traps, where it can do its job of stink-containment.
Check for Evidence of Leaking Pipes!
If you’re getting ready to open your New York City back up, take some time and look around your facility’s pipes first. You’re searching for evidence of leaks – think puddles, dried up spots that were obviously puddles at one time, and damage to walls or flooring. A very small leak can result in a great deal of damage if it goes unnoticed for a long time. It’s really smart to have plumbing problems addressed before your business opens up and normal levels of stress are put on your pipes. If you find evidence of a leak, call in your New York City plumbers. Another sign to watch for? Unexpectedly high water bills are often the first sign that there’s a leak in the business’ plumbing.