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Three Plumbing Mistakes To Avoid In Your Business's Restroom

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Plumbing is a necessary but often overlooked aspect of any small business. Whether your restrooms are employee-only or open to the public, it's vital that you keep them in good working order. This is especially important if the restrooms are public since they are a component of your customer service experience. Know the following mistakes so that you can avoid them:

#1: Ignoring or covering up foul odors

Your bathroom shouldn't have a lingering sewage odor for any reason. Yet, some restrooms, particularly those in older buildings, are often plagued by this problem. Don't depend upon air fresheners to cover it up, either. You'll likely just end up with rose-scented sewage. Call in a plumber to get to the root of the problem. Often the issues are with sewer gas. Many commercial restrooms have floor drains. Over time, the ball inside the drain, which is designed to prevent sewer gas from coming back up the drain, wears out or becomes stuck in an open position. Simply having this replaced can solve the odor issue. As an added benefit, it can save you from a sewage backup and expensive cleanup in the future.

#2: Allowing free access

If you have a single occupant restroom, consider making access by key or employee code. The reasons to limit free customer access goes beyond stopping shoplifting – those prone to vandalism may feel bold if they know no one will walk in on them in the act. By requiring a customer to get a key to enter the restroom, would-be vandals may feel less inclined to act since they know a staff member is aware of the last person to use the restroom. This can cut down on everything from graffiti to damage to the plumbing fixtures.

#3: Skipping regular service calls

One of the best ways to avoid trouble with your plumbing is with regular maintenance. A commercial restroom is often used more heavily than a residential restroom. This means more wear and tear on plumbing fixtures. An annual inspection by a plumber ensures that worn out parts, from the tank assembly in the toilet to the washers in the faucets, are caught and replaced early so greater damage doesn't occur later. For example, failing to replace washers on time can lead to water damage from leaks at the base of the faucet, as well as wearing out a faucet assembly so that it requires premature replacement.

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