If you get a clogged toilet at home, you probably use a plunger or maybe even a plumber's snake to dislodge the clog. In most cases, this will resolve the problem and your toilet will be working again. However, if this same problem happens at your restaurant or office it would be best to contact a commercial plumber to take care of the problem. Plumbing systems in a large building or one that has many businesses in the building are set up differently than the one in your home. Here are some of the common problems you may encounter and why you need a professional.
Unless you can see the clog in a drain, you cannot be sure of where it is. If the clog is in the sink, it could actually be in a grease trap and you wouldn't want the snake to get wrapped around in there. Since your pipes are connected to the pipes of other businesses, you can never be sure of what is going on if you cannot see the clog. A professional will be able to find the clog and take care of it without causing problems for other establishments in the building.
Foul Drain Smells
When you notice foul smells coming from your drains there is a problem. While it could be something as simple as a dry P-trap, it could also be a serious issue with the main drain and connection to the sewer. If the problem is not within your establishment, the repairs should be the responsibility of the property owner or perhaps another tenant. If you attempt to resolve the issue yourself and cause more damage, you will not only be breaking your lease but will have to pay for all the necessary repairs. Contact the building owner and have him or her call in a plumber.
Water Temperature and Pressure Problem
Restaurants and other businesses use more water than a house does. Depending on what type of businesses are in the building you may find that that you do not have the hot water when you need it or the pressure might be low at certain times during the day. A professional can determine the best method to fix the problem so that everyone will have the water pressure and temperature needed.
Do not create more trouble than the problem at hand by attempting to fix something you should not. Unless you are certain that the problem is restricted to your establishment alone, you should not have to pay for the repair either. Make sure you know what your lease says about repairs; what you are responsible for and what the building owner needs to take care of. It will save you money and keep your business with good plumbing when you let a professional do his or her job, regardless of who has to pay for it.