Not all plumbers are prepared for commercial plumbing jobs. A qualified commercial plumbing establishment will…
- be prepared for the scale of the job,
- be familiar with all applicable health codes and regulations for commercial establishments,
- make sure that the commercial kitchen drainage is working properly ensuring that the water supply system is kept safe from contamination,
- make sure that the drainage is free from grease and other debris that may cause blockage in food service establishments,
- perform regular commercial plumbing maintenance checks to avoid leaks, clogs, etc.,
- excavate trenches and lay pipes,
- clean grease trap lines,
- be equipped with commercial plumbing equipment such as a hydro-scrubbing jetter system and portable machines to get into tight parking spaces during business hours.
The Top Commercial Plumbing Problems
Running a commercial establishment whether an office building or a restaurant / bar can be daunting because of the many plumbing problems that can occur. Below are the most common commercial plumbing issues that a commercial plumber can help mitigate for you.
Leaking Faucets and Toilets
Leaky faucets in bathrooms and restaurants can waste thousands of gallons of water per year as well as expose your establishment to mold and other moisture-related issues. Slow leaks and their damage are often not covered under insurance if negligence on the part of the business can be proven. This is the main reason why having regular maintenance checks is so important for the life of your business and the health of your employees and customers due to mold growth. A seasoned commercial plumbing establishment like Suncoast Plumbing can provide you with the leak detection assistance you need.
Bathroom Drain Clogs
Commercial bathrooms get no respect. People are less careful in a commercial bathroom than they are at home. As a result, bits of paper towel, non-flushable wipes, food, dirt, and feminine hygiene products often get flushed down commercial toilets. If ignored, these clogs can back up causing sewage to spill out onto the floor of the bathroom. This backup not only is a sanitation issue, but it can cause a loss in revenue if your establishment has to close to the public until everything is cleaned up. Train your employees to look for and report slow-running drains, and contact an experienced, reputable commercial plumbing establishment to inspect the drain. The cost of an inspection could save your tens of thousands of dollars if a pipe backs up or bursts. Minimally, not having a fully functioning restroom can cause customers to go elsewhere which ultimately causes a reduction in revenue.
Kitchen Clogged Drain and Grease Trap
Commercial kitchens in restaurants and bars perform heavy-duty tasks around the clock. In food preparation and disposal, there is an abundance of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) which is the number one culprit of clogged drains. There are grease traps to help alleviate this issue, but they need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Some municipalities require kitchens to clean their grease traps at least every three months. If you are a high-volume establishment, you should consider getting your grease traps cleaned every 1-2 months. Suncoast Plumbing installs, cleans, and maintains grease lines and traps for commercial kitchens meeting all local code requirements. Remember to rely on a commercial plumbing establishment that is familiar with local codes. Here is a free copy of the Charleston Water Supply Grease Trap and Grease Interceptor Standards.
Hydrojetting vs. Caustic Chemicals
Avoid using caustic drain-clearing chemicals, especially near food preparation. A snake is usually the first line of defense; however, a high-pressure hydrojet cleaning of your drain lines every few months might be a better solution if you are a high volume establishment. This should only be done by a an experienced commercial plumbing establishment because if your building is old, hydrojetting will quickly identify any points of failure in your system. Because of the possibility of damage, this is best left to a commercial plumber.
Water Temperature Problems
Commercial hot water supply systems are far more complicated than residential systems. Additionally, they must adhere to strict licensing guidelines and board regulations. Loss of heat can be both disruptive to your business and time-consuming. When dealing with heat loss, it is best to contact a commercial plumbing establishment.
Tankless Water Heater for Efficiency
Many commercial establishments have a need for a greater quantity of hot water. As a result, many are turning to the more efficient tankless water heaters because they take up less space and only heat water as it is needed saving you a good deal of money in the long run. Whether your establishment uses traditional or tankless water heaters, it is important that you have routine maintenance done by an experienced commercial plumber to check for and mitigate such issues as corrosion, sediment accumulation, gas leaks, leaking water, and temperature loss. If business increases, you might also want to upgrade your hot water system. It is best to call an experienced, reliable commercial plumbing establishment. Suncoast Plumbing works with leading plumbing suppliers of commercial water heaters and can repair a burst water heater almost immediately.
Hot water is a necessity in all commercial establishments for sanitation as well as food preparation. However, it can be dangerous for your handicapped customers who might be in wheelchairs and could burn themselves on the hot water pipes below sinks. To protect your handicapped patrons and be ADA compliant, be sure to insulate those pipes. Here is a free copy of the ADA compliance guidelines.
Our Commercial Plumbing Experience
Suncoast Plumbing has over 20 years experience working with commercial plumbing. We are licensed and insured and offer emergency services for all commercial establishments from restaurants and nightclubs to hotels and office buildings.
For your commercial kitchen, we specialize in
- servicing floor drains and floor sinks,
- keeping drains free of grease build-up with our hydro-scrubbing jetter system,
- performing emergency service,
- performing preventive maintenance,
- minimizing downtime during functioning establishment hours,
- providing portable machines to get into tight parking spaces when your parking lot is full,
- providing flush valves for high pressure toilets and urinals, and
- eliminating downtime by keeping our vans fully stocked with repair parts.
If you notice any of these tell-tale signs of water problems, call us immediately to come out and do an inspection:
- Slow-moving drains
- Water pressure changes
- Toilets requiring multiple flushes
- Water stains on ceiling tiles
- Drips, puddles, and wet floors
- Sewer and other unpleasant smells
Commercial Gas Line
Because Suncoast Plumbing is a fully licensed mechanical contractor, we are able to install gas lines for commercial restaurants and other hospitality kitchens. If you are upgrading your hot water heater or switching to a tankless water heater, upgrading your gas line might be necessary. We are also licensed for gas safety tests and can locate and repair gas leaks that may arise. When it comes to gas, you only want to trust the job to a commercial plumber you can trust who is fully licensed and has the tools and knowledge like Suncoast Plumbing.
- Clogged Drain Cleaning
- Commercial Kitchen Plumbing and Gas Lines
- Commercial Restrooms and Urinals
- Faucet and Fixture Installation
- Gas Cooking Options
- Gas Line Repair and Installation
- Kitchen and Bath Remodel
- Leaky Faucet And Fixture Repair
- Tankless Water Heater Repair and Installation
- Water Heater Repair and Replacement
- Any of your Plumbing needs!
Plumbing Areas Served
- Goose Creek
- Moncks Corner
- West Ashley
- North Charleston
- Mount Pleasant
- Folly Island
- James Island
- Johns Island
- Sullivan’s Island
- Daniel Island
- Isle of Palm