We get it, no one wants to talk about sewage or wastewater. It’s unpleasant to think about, but ignoring your wastewater and sewage management won’t make the problems go away. Plumbing maintenance and repairs are integral to maintaining a facility that’s a great place to work or stay. If you take the proper preventative measures, you should never have to deal with the unpleasant side of plumbing.
Sewage and wastewater issues are not uncommon for commercial facilities. Your building likely uses it’s plumbing system to the max, making sewer line breaks and backflow issues more common. However, if you notice any of these signs, you could be facing a major issue with your plumbing:
There’s a funny smell in the air.
Oftentimes sewer line or wastewater issues are easily identified by their smell. The odors can come out of drains or be present on the outside of the building, and sometimes it is more difficult to identify. Wastewater and some minor sewer line breaks have a light musty or mildew-like scent. Even if the odor is not strong, you should contact your plumbing professional as soon as you notice it to prevent further damage.
Your pipes are slow to drain.
Slow drains are some of the most common problems in small commercial facilities. They typically indicate a blockage, and while common they are very serious. If a blockage is not removed, it can cause the pipes to burst and several other issues to arise. Contact your plumber to discuss hydro-jetting services.
Changes to your landscaping.
Have you noticed that the landscaping around your facility is looking greener lately? Perhaps the grass is fuller, or there are patches where plant life seems to be thriving. While this may seem like a sign of good landscaper work, it could also indicate a break in the sewer lines if no new fertilizers or care has been implemented. Sewage leaks do wonders for soil and plant growth, but it can cause serious issues inside your building. Talk to a professional if you believe there may be a problem with your sewer lines.
There’s unexplained mold growth.
Typically mold growth is caused by a leak in the interior plumbing. This merits a call to your plumber on its own, but the problem could be more serious than you think. Major issues in sewage or wastewater lines can increase the humidity around the building, encouraging mold growth where there is no leak. Call your plumber immediately if you notice this.
You suddenly have a pest problem.
Sewer and wastewater leakage attracts pests very quickly. You may not notice them inside the facility (if yours is well-treated for pests) but you may find an increase in rodents or bugs around the site where the line has burst. This is a sign that your sewage or wastewater problem is serious and needs to be treated immediately.
No one wants to deal with plumbing issues. That’s why businesses across 13 states trust MaintenX for preventative care services, as well as fast and reliable emergency maintenance. We are with you every step of the way to make sure that your sewer or wastewater issue is fixed and prevented in the future. Contact us today for more information!