No matter how often you maintain the plumbing system in your Oklahoma commercial building, you’ll find that you eventually have plumbing problems arise. Whether it is a blocked sewer pipe or a dripping faucet, you should know what to do when you face the problem. Here are three common sewage problems in commercial buildings.

Toilet Overflow

Overflowing toilets are one of the most common plumbing issues commercial building owners face. Immediately after discovering the overflowing toilet, you need to determine if it is a localized clog or if there is a potential blockage in your main sewer line. Use a plunger on the toilet to clear the clog. If that doesn’t work, use a pipe snake to try to clear the obstruction. If you can’t clear it yourself, contact a plumber to use a camera to inspect the line and identify the problem.

Leaking Water Pipes

Sometimes a pipe breaks, and, unlike with a blocked sewer pipe, the break is so small that you don’t know about it for a long time. Small breaks in the pipe cause the most property damage because the leaks can go unaddressed for weeks or months. You’ll know that you have a potential problem if you see discoloration on the walls and ceilings or random mold and mildew patches. While you’ll need to call a plumber to address the pipe issue, you’ll also need to contact a water damage restoration service to repair the damage the water leak caused.

Deteriorating Sewer Pipes

Cast-iron pipes are created to last 20 to 25 years, but many things can cause them to corrode and break down. If you notice that the plumbing fixtures in your business are slow to drain or back up often, you could have a blocked sewer pipe. The smell of sewer gas coming from your pipes is another indication of a problem. Immediately call a plumber to fix the problem before your pipes fail entirely.

Plumbing problems are common for all businesses. Knowing how to address them and when to call in the professionals makes handling them much more manageable.