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A Commercial Sewage Damage Prevention Checklist

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Measures To Take To Avoid A Blocked Sewer

Sewer backups and blockages may seem inevitable at a building that has many occupants. In reality, there are several measures that property owners and managers can take to avoid a blocked sewer. Here is a checklist of three steps that can make sewer damage less likely at a commercial property in Tulsa, OK.

1. Plan a Plumbing Inspection
Commercial properties should undergo a plumbing inspection at least once a year. Having pipes and fixtures checked can identify issues that could end up causing pipe breaks, backups or other problems down the line. A licensed plumber can identify active leaks, indications of worn pipes or broken valves and potential water pressure problems.

2. Use Preventative Drain Treatments
An enzymatic drain cleaner may prevent clogs from forming in drains. These treatments do not damage sewer lines like the harsh formulas used to break down clogs that have already formed. These treatments introduce beneficial bacteria that feed on organic materials that could otherwise cause a blocked sewer.

3. Resolve Plumbing Problems
A structure that has frequent problems with toilet overflow or sewer backflow may require a plumbing upgrade. Consult with a plumber about solutions ranging from backwater prevention valves to sump pumps to keep minor problems from potentially becoming severe.
It may be necessary to replace or widen lines depending on the occupancy and use of a structure or pursue other preventative measures at considerable cost. This expense is probably more affordable than the cost of repeated sewer damage cleanup and restoration.
A backup can result in a toilet overflow or other issues that have the potential to cause costly damage at a building located in Tulsa, OK. Regular inspections, preventative treatments and timely maintenance can reduce the risk of major sewer damage. These measures are also more affordable than the costs associated with cleaning up damage caused by a blocked sewer.

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