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3 Common Sewer Issues in Commercial Buildings

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Floor in commercial building with sewer backup. Sewer back up in West Valley City, UT.

Part of owning commercial property in West Valley City, UT, is making sure every aspect of the building is kept in good working order. A blocked sewer can wreak havoc on your building, causing extensive damage that is expensive to repair. Every building owner needs to know the common sewer issues that can occur in commercial properties.

Three Common Sewer Issues

Clogged Lines

A clog in your sewer line keeps it from functioning properly. An underground sewer line that gets clogged can result in several problems on your property:

  • Flooding on lower levels
  • Sewage backup
  • Pooling of contaminated water on lawn and other exterior areas
  • Foundation damage

When these problems happen, it's important that you get them fixed as soon as possible. You must call a plumber to fix the blocked sewer so that no further damage occurs. Then call sewer restoration experts to mitigate the damage to your building.

Overflowing Toilet

It may seem far-fetched to think that one clogged toilet can cause a lot of problems. In a commercial building, however, toilet overflow often goes unreported. Unless you are inspecting the public restrooms on an hourly basis, you may not know that you have a problem until it gets out of hand. Sewage from a backed-up toilet not only affects the restroom where it is located; it can also leak into the areas around it, such as the office next door or the room on the floor below.

Old Pipes

Unless you built your commercial property yourself, you may not know much about the pipes that make up your sewer system. Pipe breaks result when older pipes weaken or develop pinhole leaks. You may not have chosen the pipes, but if you want to avoid sewer damage in your building, it's a good idea to have the system inspected so that you can repair or replace them if necessary.

You are responsible for keeping your building safe and functional. Taking care of your sewer system is an important task to add to your regular maintenance task list.

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