Plumbing Issue is Serious Business
A leaking faucet or clogged toilet doesn’t seem to be that big of a problem at first, but trust me, you can’t be so sure about that. If a plumbing problem is left unattended and it gets out of hand, it’s just as bad as having your entire building on fire.
Let’s say you have a 6-storey apartment building whose units are directly beneath each other and thus, share one plumbing drainage system. If one of these units’ bathroom water supply breaks, it’s going to flood the entire floor, and the floor beneath it, and if it gets worse, it could reach farther. And the tragedy doesn’t stop there, the water could sink into the floor and saturate it. Remember that a unit’s floor is the ceiling of the unit below. You might think your flooring is concrete and sturdy enough to withstand that, but as I’ve said, you can’t be sure about that. Perhaps the time you’ll ever be is when something actually happens. If the structure of your floor is almost thoroughly soaked with water, it’s going to collapse. That’s only the beginning of a chain reaction of damages in property, and if you get really unlucky, lives. You will be forced to execute immediate evacuation of the tenants, your reputation is destroyed, and this is not good for business.
As precautionary measure, you have to tell all your tenants where their individual water shut off valve is located, as well as the entire building’s so they can turn it off in case of emergency. And don’t forget to make them accessible. It won’t do any good if they know where it is but it’s locked and they can’t break in.
It’s also wise to invest some cash on plumbing service companies. If you have to collect additional fees for this, then do so. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Besides, you never really know when accidents arise. It’s not like you’re expecting one, but if ever they do happen, professional plumbers can significantly trim down damages to your property.