What to do when your Business has a Plumbing Emergency

The goal of any maintenance plan is to prevent major problems in a business facility, but sometimes the worst does happen. In the event of a plumbing emergency, you as a facility manager must be aware of how to help minimize damages and deal with the situation as quickly as possible.

The first thing to do when your business has a plumbing emergency is to turn off the closest main water source. If there is a leak, the flow of water must cease before repairs can begin. This will also minimize wasted water and potential flooding damages. Most buildings have a main valve or emergency cutoff switch; always be aware of where this is so it can be used in a pinch. Next, move any vulnerable equipment off the floor or away from the leak.

Try to stop small leaks from happening. A good preventative maintenance plan identifies those and stops them from enlarging. Small leaks require fixes, but big ones require equipment replacement and might involve auxiliary damages.

Sometimes emergency breakdowns are unavoidable. A good facility manager will not only respond quickly and effectively to these situations, but do his utmost to prevent them. The risk of sudden failure can be minimized with the right preventative maintenance plan. For all your maintenance needs, preventive or emergency, the technicians at MaintenX are always at the ready to lend a helping hand.