Plumbing Issues You Could Have Prevented

Facilities often have much bigger plumbing systems than homes do. This unfortunately makes them more vulnerable to plumbing issues. Read on to find out about some of the most common plumbing issues your facility might face and how to prevent them in the future.


A facility’s kitchen drain is often where you’ll find a clog. To avoid these, post signs informing staff of certain items that should never be poured down the sink. These include things like:

  • Grease
  • Fats
  • Starches (pasta, rice, and potatoes)
  • Stringy items like celery or corn husks
  • Coffee grounds

Water Temperature

If your water doesn’t get hot enough, your water heater may be to blame. Just like the water heater in your home, commercial water heaters need maintenance and yours may need servicing.

Clogged Toilets

Just like kitchen drains, toilets can get clogged if some items are flushed. Avoid this by informing your staff and posting signs in the appropriate places that these things should never be flushed:

  • Feminine products
  • “Flushable” wipes
  • Dental floss
  • Bandages
  • Medications
  • Cat litter
  • Hair

Most toilet clogs can be solved with a simple plunger, but others may necessitate a call to a plumber.


Damaged seals, rusty washers, or worn out O-rings are often the culprit here. Make sure to routinely check for leaks in bathrooms, kitchens, and anywhere else that’s hooked up to your water system.

If you’d like to know more about solving plumbing issues in your facility, give the experts at MaintenX a call today!