Before reopening your business, you should check to make sure your plumbing is working.
Starting last Monday, restaurants and many other businesses around the Tampa Bay area started reopening. It was a welcome moment for business owners and customers alike. But there’s more to reopening a business than simply unlocking the front door. One of the items you should check before opening is your plumbing – specifically, you should make sure you run fresh water through your pipes.
“The Fresno [California] Department of Public Utilities says stagnant water can increase copper and lead levels while also growing harmful bacteria inside of pipes,” according to Fox 26 News. “By running the faucets and checking pipes underneath, plumbers say it could save owners hundreds of dollars in repairs.”
Among the other suggestions from the city of Fresno that are “consistent with CDC and industry guidance”:
- Flushing hot and cold water through all points of use (e.g. sink faucets and hose bibs) for a sufficient amount of time (until the hot water reaches its maximum temperature).
- Depending on the facility’s size and water pressure, flushing may need to occur in segments (e.g. per floor or individual rooms). The goal is for all water to be replaced inside building piping with fresh water.
- Ensure safety equipment (including fire sprinkler systems, eyewash stations, and safety showers) are clean and well-maintained. Regularly flush, clean, and disinfect these systems according to manufacturer’s specifications.
If your business isn’t allowed to open just yet, you should still check the plumbing even while you’re closed down because, according to Fox, “your faucets handles aren’t being turned, the seals get dry and then they’ll break or they’ll wear really fast when you try to open them.”
If you find you have any problems with your plumbing, it’s time to call the plumbing pros at Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.
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