Being a business owner, you already have numerous concerns on your mind. You stress about good customer service, making a profit, the upkeep of your store, and many other potential problems. The last thing you want to worry about is plumbing.
However, commercial plumbing problems can affect your business. Customers and employees may be unable to use your facilities if there are plumbing problems. You may even have to close your business down to have the plumbing problems repaired.
If you have to shut your business down, you are losing money every minute your shop is closed. You depend on your profits to pay expenses and to survive. If your employees are unable to work, their lives are also impacted. They lose wages when they cannot work – wages they need to support their families. Read more
Property managers can be excellent assets for rental property owners. They serve as a mediator between the owner and the renter, and serve to maintain and improve the property. While the specific duties of a property manager will vary from case to case, the general job description is the same.
Property managers handle different things every day. One day may bring a full day of helping tenants face to face; while the next day may bring offsite tasks with little human connection. Every day brings something new – which is usually what property managers enjoy.
Yet like other jobs, property managers too have the jobs they love … and the jobs, well, not so much.
They may love talking with tenants and doing small projects that improve the property. But when toilets stop up and overflow, causing flooding throughout the building, these snowballing emergencies can wreck havoc on anyone’s day. Read more
Plumbing is one of those areas we typically ignore until it becomes problematic. You don’t question the functioning of a toilet or a sink until it starts to back up, refuses to flush, or decides to emanate an unpleasant odor.
Drains work in a very similar manner…if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it (or think about it). But if we actually spent a little time maintaining our drains (and other plumbing fixtures) along the way, we would have a better chance of avoiding the problems altogether. Another old saying says “A stitch in time saves nine.” When it comes to plumbing, a routine check up can save you from a serious problem down the road.
Thieves today are coming up with creative ways to make more money, including stealing backflow devices right from the property of commercial businesses. While this might seem like an odd item to steal, the metal can be turned in for cash, giving thieves reasons to try to steal them. In order to prevent your device from being stolen, there are a few important precautions you can take.
The first step you should take is to surround your device in a cage. When the right cage is chosen, it will make it more difficult for thieves to even attempt to get at your backflow device. Sometimes simply using a cage is not enough; however, you should ensure that it is permanently mounted to a secure structure, such as the cement. To take it a step further you could also paint the cage to blend in with its surroundings. Last, but not least, you should lock the cage with a lock that is tamper resistant to make it nearly impossible for thieves to get it open. Read more
Here in Colorado, it’s 70 degrees today. Yet by tomorrow, we could just as easily have snow and well below freezing temperatures. With that much variance in the temperatures, how are you supposed to protect your property?
Understanding how to freeze-protect your building is one of the best ways to keep your building safe during the winter. It is crucial for occupied and non-occupied buildings to take the appropriate steps to winterize the building in order to protect it from unnecessary and inconvenient damage, but it is most essential for non-occupied, non-monitored buildings.
In order to leave a building unoccupied, there are various steps that need to be taken in order to protect it throughout the harsh, winter months. Read more
As a property manager, you already have your hands full managing each of the different properties and keeping the tenants happy. The job of a property manager never stops – especially when there is a plumbing crisis. It is important for you to know exactly how to handle any plumbing crisis. No, you are not a licensed plumber, but you are the tenant’s first resource for a solution. Knowing a few basic things about plumbing will help ensure that all plumbing problems are handled swiftly and with accuracy.
How to contact a licensed plumber – you should always have at least two or three qualified plumbers ready to contact. Some situations require more than just a pipe wrench. Make sure you have a few numbers handy of plumbers that are capable of handling a plumbing emergency, day or night.
Water shut-offs – you need to know how to turn the water off at each of your properties. This includes the main water shut-off to the entire house or building, as well as the shut-off valves in certain areas, such as under the sink or beside the toilet. Read more
Does your business have leaky pipes and rusty water? Are you bothered about the awful water pressure and slab leak? Does the tap water taste bitter or turn a strange color?
Modern plumbing is something we can’t live without. And we don’t think much about it until we begin having problems. Yet because our plumbing system is something we use every day, there will come a time when the system itself begins to have problems.
Piping in general lasts around 25 to 50 years. Yet due to the amount of water and waste we send through our pipes and the buildup occurring within the system, some piping begins showing problems as early as 5 to 10 years. It may be as small as a pinhole link. Or you may have complaints about your water tasting funny or changing to a brownish color. When you call in the plumber and they give you the devastating news that you have a serious plumbing issue, that’s when you’ll really start thinking about how much we rely on a quality system. Read more
Tough economic times are upon us. And with high unemployment and under-employment means people are turning to a wide array of ways to bring in a fast buck, including criminal activity.
While you often hear about home burglaries and car thefts, there is one stolen item that you may not hear much about – the backflow device. Thieves are turning to these expensive copper devices for some quick cash.
Understanding what a backflow device is and how to protect it can help you prevent your backflow device from disappearing – costing hundreds of dollars to replace, along with the loss of thousands of gallons of water.
The backflow device is usually somewhere along the street front of a commercial property. It is above the ground and is used to prevent contaminated water from reaching the potable water source of a city. When a backflow device is stolen, it can cost several hundred dollars to replace and allow hundreds of gallons of water to disappear every second. To protect your backflow device from theft, take note of the following tips: Read more
The need for water heaters does not lie only with individuals. Everyone needs hot water at some point. Commercial water heaters are used by a variety of businesses. For instance, hospitals make good use of commercial water heaters because residential water heaters will not meet their demands. Factories and large corporations need commercial water heaters, too, to withstand their water needs.
When you are in the market for a commercial water heater, chances are you’ve seen the many options available, including:
- Indirect (unfired hot water storage tank)
- Tankless coil
- Heat pump
The type of water heater you choose depends on your needs. Of course, you want to choose a water heater that is energy efficient. Even if price is a concern, the energy efficiency of your water heater will pay for itself over time in savings. Pay close attention to the energy labels of commercial water heaters and choose one that costs the least to operate In the long run. Read more
Many people today are trying to go green and save some green all at the same time. For those considering a commercial plumbing project, there are several ways to cut back and conserve water.
1. Toilets - Old toilets are a major contributor to water waste in bathrooms. A toilet made before 1994 typically consumes about 3.5 gallons every time it is flushed. Newer toilets consume around 1.6 gallons of water per flush while the most water friendly toilet requires only one gallon per flush. Updating a toilet from before 1994 will cut toilet water consumption by more than half.
2. Urinals - Urinals installed before 1994 could use up to five gallons of water per flush. Modern technology has developed a urinal that requires no water at all. Rather than using water, modern urinals have a filter cartridge at the bottom that catches fluid and traps odor.