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Managing high-rise buildings comes with some unique plumbing problems due to the way these buildings are designed. With all apartments being closely connected, one of the disadvantages of high-rise buildings is that one clogged drain can affect the entire building. Imagine water tipping out of an upright bottle -this is similar to how apartment plumbing systems drain water. If you are new to managing high-rise properties or looking to boost your knowledge on common plumbing issues you may face, keep reading! We are going to look at some of the top plumbing problems that high-rise buildings face.

All Clogged Up

Perhaps the most common plumbing problems that affect high-rise apartments are clogged drains and toilets. You will start noticing this first in the sinks and toilets, that the water and debris are not flowing from the apartments. There are several reasons why drains and toilets become clogged. For instance, there could be a build-up of grease or hair in the systems or toilet paper and other materials. In addition to that, it could also be caused by a broken sewer line. If you are unable to fix it with a household plunger, it may be time to call in the professionals for some high-pressure flushing.

There’s a Leak

Leaks are another common plumbing problem present in high-rise buildings, and it’s not only the faucets. Unseen leaks can cause havoc on water bills as well as damage the walls and floors of the apartments. Another leak-related problem can be in the water heater. Each unit usually has its own, but a leak in a water heater tank can spread to the whole building. There will be a decrease in the temperature of the water, as well as water pressure and hot water supply.

Pipe Nightmares

Pipes don’t last forever. Even if all corrosion prevention methods are in place, you can still experience the unpleasantries of dirty or rusty water. Tenants may complain that the water has a funny taste or is starting to look a bit brown. This could be a sign of pipe corrosion. If you have rusty water only coming out of one of the faucets, then it may only require a minor plumbing repair. However, if dirty or rusty water is coming out of many faucets and showerheads, and several residents start to complain about it, your building may be in trouble. Get professional plumbers to fix the issue as soon as possible.

Keep an Eye Out For These Plumbing Issues

Along with these common plumbing problems, you will find a wide range of general maintenance issues that could pop up now and then. Keep an eye out for tenants with wasteful appliances or badly-done DIY plumbing projects. Irregular maintenance inspections in high-rise buildings can also lead to major plumbing issues for the whole building.

Your Go-To for Plumbing Problems

Having almost 40 years of experience in the plumbing industry, we at Pitton Plumbing & Heating Inc. are committed to resolving all of the common high-rise plumbing issues in Hamilton and surrounding areas. There is nothing we cannot handle, and with 25 service vehicles on the road, we can respond quickly and efficiently to any plumbing emergencies you may have. To learn more about our plumbing solutions, reach out to us today.


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