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Upset couple sitting in a couch in the living room and calling plumber for home leaks

A simple plumbing problem can be disastrous in a high-rise apartment or condo complex and set off a domino effect of emergency repairs and plumbing updates. This is why it’s a good idea for property managers to be aware of the most common plumbing issues that can occur and how to avoid them.

Here’s what every property manager should know.

Common Plumbing Issues In High-Rise Buildings

The reason plumbing issues seem worse in a large, residential building is that when they occur, more than one home is affected. The problem can even affect the building’s shared amenities, elevators, and even damage the reputation of the building owners. These are some of the most common problems you’ll experience as a property manager.

  • Clogs. Toilets can be clogged by paper and by flushing items that shouldn’t be sent down the drain. Sinks are often blocked by bits of food or grease and oil. Tubs and shower drains often stop due to large amounts of hair and soap residue in the pipes.

  • Leaks. Unseen leaks can cause major damage to walls and floors. Leaky faucets are also common problems and are often caused by faulty rubber washers that need to be replaced. Even small leaks can cause your building’s water bills to skyrocket.

  • Slow drains. Believe it or not, slow drains are often caused by chemicals meant to unclog drains. When these products come into contact with clumps of hair or other material that are blocking the pipes, the blockages can congeal and block even more water.

Avoid Problematic Plumbing Issues

If you’re a property management professional, it’s important to take preventive measures to reduce the amount of plumbing issues you have to deal with at the high-rise you’re in charge of. Putting rules in place, such as banning garbage disposals and placing screens in every drain will help. However, you can never be sure if the residents will follow your rules. The most important thing to do is to schedule regular plumbing inspections with professional plumbers like the team at Pitton Plumbing & Heating Inc. They’ll be able to spot potential issues before they become problems and suggest further preventive measures you can put into place. Don’t just take our word for it; feel free to catch up with what our customers have to say about our work.

Choose Hamilton’s Own Pitton Plumbing & Heating Inc!

If you’re looking for a plumber to take care of your Hamilton or GTA high-rise, call us. Our commercial and industrial plumbers know the ins and outs of high-rise plumbing problems and will be your partners in keeping your building dry and problem-free. Because we know that plumbing emergencies will happen even when you take steps to avoid them, we have emergency plumbers on-call 24 hours a day. Call us immediately to arrange an emergency visit or anytime to book a service appointment.


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