Commercial Plumbing: Four Important Reasons to Consider an Upgrade

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Commercial Plumbing: Four Important Reasons to Consider an Upgrade

28 December 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

In general, the plumbing systems installed in commercial buildings are built to withstand relatively heavy usage and provide long-term service. Therefore, most property owners do not find it necessary to replace the plumbing components, unless the system fails. However, there are numerous benefits that you can gain by carrying out an upgrade before damage occurs. Here are the most important reasons why you should consider upgrading your commercial plumbing.

Potential Efficiency Benefits

There are new advances in the plumbing industry with regard to the components used in commercial systems. Therefore, you can gain major benefits from switching out your old fixtures with newer alternatives. One of the most significant upgrades you can perform is installing more efficient outlets. For instance, efficient toilet flush valves, waterless urinals and low-flow faucets will reduce long-term operational costs. In addition, you can add sensor-operated outlets like faucets and flushing mechanisms. These are more hygienic and reduce water wastage.

Age of Components

As mentioned, commercial plumbing components are long-lasting, particularly when compared to residential alternatives. However, they are not everlasting or indestructible, so they will eventually wear away, and their performance will decline. You should not wait for your commercial plumbing to fail. This type of failure often leads to water damage and contamination, and refurbishment can be expensive. Therefore, you should evaluate the age of your building's plumbing components and replace items according to the recommendations made by your plumber or manufacturer.

Regulatory Factors

Building regulations can be modified to enhance the safety of the owners and tenants as well as general energy efficiency. These laws can apply to any aspect of the building, including the plumbing system. You should always be aware of any regulatory mandates that necessitate an upgrade. Often, you will have a prolonged period of time to comply with the imposed changes. However, immediate action can minimise potential legal problems and other complications.

Increased Usage

If you have recently expanded your commercial building or modified the space to increase the number of tenants, you should upgrade the capacity of the plumbing system. An unexpected significant increase in the number of daily users means that the facility will experience more stress. This, in turn, can lead to the breakdown and failure of the plumbing. The repair and maintenance expenses to keep the compromised system working can be high. Therefore, you should evaluate the changes in user numbers and make appropriate changes.

When performing an upgrade, ensure that you have engaged experienced plumbing contractors for the best operational results.