5 Signs Your Business Property Has a Blocked Drain

As a business owner, you deal with lots of day-to-day issues. Your employees call on you to handle internal disputes, you take responsibility for business plan changes and you deal with your business accounts.

You may feel like you don't have a lot of time to deal with micromanaging. On some days, you may feel like that category includes your building's plumbing system.

However, functional plumbing is one of the most vital aspects of your local property. In this blog, you'll learn how a blocked drain affects your business and how to tell if you're dealing with a blocked drain.

How a Blocked Drain Affects Your Business

You know how supply changes affect your business. But you may not know the implications of a single blocked drain on your property.

A blocked drain leadsto changesin the following aspects of your business.

1. Atmosphere

Proper plumbing diverts all waste and the odoursit creates--away from your sanitary ware and customers.

A blockage resultsin unpleasant odoursin your workplace. This may create an inhospitable atmosphere for your employees and clientele.

2. Costs

A single blocked drain won't sap your finances.

But if left unattended, a blocked drain leadsto further issuesin your plumbing, such assewage overflow, water damage and mould. In the long run, major plumbing problemscost more to remedy than smaller ones.

3. Health and Safety

Backed up waste poses a health and safety hazard. Eventually, this may cause your company to violate working regulations.

4. Loss of Income

If a plumbing problem persists, the plumber may need to close your doors for a period to solve the issue. This would result in loss of business and, therefore, loss of income.

5. Property Damage

Water leaks, especially those involving any amount of waste, cause extensive property damage.

This, in turn, resultsin extra costs that inhibit the way your business runs.

How to Tell if You Have a Blocked Drain

If you have a blocked drain, you or your employees may notice one or all of the following issues.

1. Abnormal Noises

You may not think much about the sound your drains make. But if that noise changes, you'll likely have an employee or customer who mentionsit. When a pipe becomes blocked, draining water may produce a distinct gurgling noise.

2. Dificulty Draining

One of the most obvioussymptoms of a blockage is a change in drain function. Depending on the type of blockage, you may immediately notice you have difficulty draining the sink, toilet or wash basin, or thisissue may develop over time asthe blockage grows.

3. High Water Levels

When your water doesn't drain efficiently, your plumbing's water levels naturally increase. You may notice thisin your toilets. In thiscase, the water level sits higher than usual. The water may even approach the rim when someone flushesthe toilet.

4. Resurgence Around Drains

Backflow almost alwaysindicates a drainage issue. If you notice water resurgence around a drain, water main or manhole, contact a plumbing professional.

5. Unidentified Odours

Though odours often occur when a drain becomes blocked, you may not immediately identify where the odours originate.

If you notice persistent odoursin a bathroom or kitchen on your business property, this may signal a blocked drain even if the smell doesn't appear to come directly from the plumbing.

If you notice any of these signs, do not wait for the problem to become worse. Contact a trusted plumber to assessthe situation right away.

Early detection and treatment can save you time and money, as well as protect your business property.