Whether you have a large or small business, your office will probably have some form of plumbing running through it. This could be just a single sink in a small office, or multiple bathrooms and kitchen facilities in a much larger office complex. Whatever the case, with the territory of plumbing you will eventually come across plumbing issues. Whilst you’ll need a Melbourne plumber when you run into a plumbing issue – it’s worth knowing for now what some of the common plumbing problems are that occur in a commercial setting.

1.   Clogging

This is something that can easily be avoided and should be as much as possible. There are certain items that should not be washed down drains or flushed down toilets. You should ensure that you and your employees are well aware of these items and encourage them to be conscious when using the appliances to avoid clogging the pipes up. This can save you a lot of money and will keep the workplace in a happy state.


2.   Leaks

Leaks can come from a few different places in a commercial setting. It may not seem like a big deal at first but if left unchecked, leaks can lead to larger issues such as flood damage, mould and rot – as well as expensive water bills. Taps, cracked pipes and toilets are all potential leakage points.

The first thing you should do is make sure everyone in the workplace turns the taps off properly. A lot of the time the leaks don’t come from damaged plumbing but from people not turning things off correctly. If you think there may be some leaks occurring in your commercial environment, then contact a Melbourne plumber so they can perform a check.


3.   Hot water problems

Commercial hot water systems differ to those found in your average home as they are much larger and more complex. This is because a workplace’s need for hot water becomes more complicated than a residential home’s need and the hot water system ends up having to manage more. This, unfortunately, also means that if they have issues then the maintenance or repair can be quite time-consuming and costly – which can sometimes interfere with a company’s business.


4.   Sewerage smells

Sometimes if your pipes below ground dry up it can lead to a fowl sewerage smell which can stink-up the workplace. This is a fairly easy issue to detect as the smell will be quite prominent and will most likely make its way into the office. This may impede your business’ ability to operate which will cost you money in more ways than one as you’ll essentially have to shut down whilst the issue is dealt with by a Melbourne plumber.


5.   Low water pressures

This is a problem that may arise for a number of reasons.

  • The simplest of reasons relates to the water valve. If it has been tampered with or turned off and on recently then it may not have been turned on all the way again – resulting in the low water pressure.
  • Clogged pipes are another reason and could be due to either clogging or high mineral deposits such as sand and gravel – which can travel through water pipes. If this is the case, then you’ll need a professional to help clean out the pipe.
  • If you have a leak, then this can also cause low water pressure as it means that the water is exiting somewhere else in the pipe and not just at the tap when it’s turned on

6.   High water pressures

Having high water pressures may seem like not such a bad thing, but they can actually damage your water pipes. So, be sure to keep an eye on your pressure in general as neither variation in water pressure is a good thing.


7.   Water back up

Water backflow is not just an unpleasant occurrence to think about but can also be harmful as water contaminants could be in the backflow – which is not great for our health. This is something that can affect hospitality businesses a fair bit with all the dish washing that occurs and the grime that goes with it.


Are you looking for a plumber in Melbourne?

If you’re running a business and require a Melbourne plumber, then JPG Plumbing is the perfect company for you! We use highly qualified Melbourne plumber contractors that are able to administer a wide variety of services and get your plumbing back to normal in no time.

If you would like to get in touch with us then please give us a call on 0400 978 442 or fill out the form on our website.