For many commercial property owners, the prospect of a plumbing upgrade can be daunting. However, with a little effort and know-how, plumbing upgrades can be made easier and more efficient.
This article discusses plumbing problems in commercial buildings, what you can do, and how Acorn equipment repair parts and fixtures could help.
Plumbing Systems in Commercial Buildings
There are many factors that can affect plumbing in commercial buildings. One important factor is the placement of the fixtures. If they are not correctly placed, water will go in an unintended direction and can cause serious damage.
To reduce this risk, there are two basic things that you should do when designing plumbing systems for commercial buildings.
First, you should make sure that fixtures are appropriately placed. Second, you should install a backflow prevention device to prevent contamination of potable water systems with sewage or other contaminated water sources.
Old and damaged pipes and tubings are also common in old buildings. These complications can lead to leak problems and other pipe-related issues.
Poorly designed plumbing layouts can be seen in many commercial buildings. This often results in plumbing problems in the future.
A good plumbing layout will allow for pipes to be clearly labeled and easily accessible without any need to dig up the floor or wall tiles. It should also be clear where the water is flowing, which means that pumps and valves should also be located in visible areas for easy access.
Did you know that Acorn’s AcornVac vacuum plumbing system provides absolute flexibility in piping? AcornVac’s versatile plumbing system delivers the ultimate freedom of piping layout and works with drainage from condensate, greywater, and sanitary sources.
Vacuum plumbing technology removes design constraints, does not necessitate a continuous drainage slope, and essentially eliminates slab coring and trenching.
If the piping layout is proving to be a problem because of the building’s design, it might be time to upgrade your plumbing to a vacuum plumbing system.
Backflow is a common plumbing problem in which water is not able to flow in the opposite direction in a pipe. This can be caused by faulty water meters, old pipe fittings, and when valves are installed incorrectly.
There are many ways to prevent backflow problems in plumbing. Some of these ways include installing anti-siphon devices and backflow preventers to avoid mixing wastewater with potable water.
Pipe and Tubing Damage
Wear and tear are normal and even expected in old buildings. Any changes in the physical characteristics of pipes and tubes such as dents, dimpling, flaking, and discoloration is a sure sign that your old pipes and fittings need to be replaced.
Remodeling Old Commercial Buildings
It’s a common misconception that plumbing systems should be planned after the building is designed. In reality, it’s best to work with a plumber during the design stage of a building to ensure that you have the safest and most efficient plumbing system possible.
Oftentimes, it’s not until you start using your new facility that you realize how important it was to plan for your plumbing needs from the beginning. This is commonly the case in old buildings facing plumbing layout problems.
Remodeling old buildings with old plumbing systems and upgrading everything have challenges. But as long as you’re in the repair mode, you should consider getting quality equipment because they always pay off in the long run.
Consider Acorn equipment repair parts for all your plumbing repair, replacement, and maintenance needs. Acorn engineers its products for high volume usage and for the toughest environment.
Visit Quality Plumbing Supply for repair parts today. They are an official distributor of Acorn plumbing supplies. Check them out.