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What type of maintenance services do commercial plumbing systems need?
Commercial plumbing systems might need the following types of maintenance services:
Drain care can prevent blockages, and it helps ensure that grease traps and drain lines function properly.
Restroom disinfection can prevent noxious odors from developing in drains and sink traps .
Water heater and boiler maintenance ensures that these appliances are always in good working order and don’t create problems for your business.
Backwater testing prevents pollution of the community's water supply. Commercial buildings usually have a backflow prevention assembly that stops the system's water from flowing back into the public water system. States typically require annual testing of backflow prevention assemblies, and if you fail this test, your company could be hit with a fine. Regular maintenance can help make sure your backflow prevention assembly is up to code.
Water tempering can help prevent your employees from getting scalded by hot water by maintaining safe water temperatures. These valves need to be regularly inspected to make sure they're functioning properly.
What is high-pressure pipe jetting?
High-pressure pipe jetting is also known as hydro jetting or high-pressure pipe cleaning, and it uses a high-pressure water stream to clean pipes that are partially or completely blocked. With this approach, a slim hose with a jet nozzle is inserted into the pipe, and used to blast the pipe's interior with pressurized water. High-pressure pipe jetting can clear tough blockages and buildup, and can remove sediment, sludge, and grease from the sides of your pipes.
What is an environmentally friendly commercial plumbing system?
An environmentally friendly commercial plumbing system is one that is designed to save water and reduce energy costs. These plumbing systems use pipes that are sized to minimize waste and leaks. They often take steps to minimize heat loss by using pipe insulators, or replacing existing pipes with ones made with materials that maintain heat. Environmentally friendly commercial plumbing systems also use faucets, showerheads, and toilets that are designed to minimize water consumption.
A grease trap is a plumbing device used to prevent grease and solids from entering the sewer waste system. Many types of grease solidify at normal temperatures, and this can cause blockages in sewer pipes. These blockages can cause the sewer system to overflow, creating unsanitary conditions for the public.
By preventing pipe blockages, grease traps discourage overflows. Grease traps are frequently used by restaurants and food service establishments.
What is a pipe video inspection?
A pipe video inspection uses a waterproof video camera to provide a clear look at the interior of an underground pipe or sewer line. This technique can be used on pipes that are anywhere from 2-32 inches in diameter, and it involves inserting a flexible rod with a small video camera on its tip into the pipe. A pipe video inspection can be used to diagnose a wide range of plumbing problems, from root intrusion to pipe corrosion. It's often recommended for pipes that frequently become clogged or are slow to drain.
How much does it cost to put in a new heating system?
The cost of putting in a new heating system is going to depend on a variety of things. The square footage of your house is a big factor. How’s your home's insulation?
What type of system are you planning to buy? Each system has its own hardware and installation variable, so price points will vary.
Are you converting to gas or oil? Add in the cost of running gas or oils lines to your house.
Are you digging underground or is it all above ground, like solar?
What system are you replacing? It’ll have to be removed and disposed of, so the more complicated or elaborate set up you have, the more it will cost to remove or install.
Finally, you have to consider contractor fees. Luckily there are a lot of resources available to find quality candidates. To get a real idea of cost you will need to get estimates from contractors and/or full service hardware stores that sell and install systems.
What is hydronic heating?
Hydronic heating is a newer technology that is water or liquid based and uses green technologies to heat or cool your home. Water (or an alternative liquid), is heated and then sent through a network of tubing or piping that sits under the floors. This system literally heats the floor, and the heat then rises up to heat the room. Imagine no more cold floors on those chilly winter mornings! Hydronic heating is an efficient method of delivering heat cheap and leaves no carbon footprint.
Solar heating is a method where the sun’s energy is collected by panels and converted to reusable energy. The sunlight collected is converted to direct current (DC) by photovoltaic cells in the panels. Then an inverter converts the DC current into alternating current (AC) and the panels send that electricity out and into your home to power things like your TV, computer, game consoles, and air conditioner. The more sunlight you have access to, the more energy you can produce. In some areas, solar powered homeowners can sell or trade the excess power they have accumulated to local power companies.
Which type of heating system is cheapest to operate?
Solar heating is the cheapest to operate. Once you have the hardware in place, the energy is free. That’s an awesome deal if you live in sunny climates, but in areas of less sunshine, specifically more extreme climates, you will likely have to have alternative heating methods available to you for when solar energy is not available.
What is a warm air heating system?
A warm air heating system is one of the most common types of residential heating systems. Cooler air that filters through a heat exchanger is warmed, and then blown directly into rooms via vents in your floors, walls, or ceilings. These types of furnaces are generally fueled by gas or electricity. The system heats the air directly and immediately.