Condos and APT buildings

Before it Rains - Sump Pump and Catch Basin

Before the rain comes pouring down, now would be a good time to clean out the debris in your catch basin and check that your sump pump is working well. This is a good way to ensure that the debris will not interfere with your sump pump capacity, when the rain hits.  

 The possibility of a flood in your home or garage is very likely, and the damage will be greater, than taking a moment of time to clean out the catch basin and making sure your sump pump is in good working order.

Consider cleaning your catch basin and checking your sump pump at least a couple of times a year. This will assure that your drainage system is functioning smoothly, when you need it most.

Cosmetic VS Plumbing

Would you get cosmetic surgery first, knowing that you if you don’t get the quadruple bypass you need, you might die from a heart attack?.. Of course not right!?!

Believe it or not, there are people out there who renovate their home and give it all the cosmetic touches, knowing that they have plumbing pipes that in some areas leak, and need are in need of replacement.  What a waste of money!  When those pipes are ready to completely crack or break due to corrosion, those renovated walls will need to be cut open in order to access the pipes that are within.

Save yourself a lot of money and headaches. If your going to renovate, make sure you budget for your plumbing, and if your budget doesn’t call for it, then you might want to choose to fix your plumbing first, before fixing the cosmetics.  It just makes sense.

Preventative Plumbing Maintenance for your building.

You can’t afford to be without a Preventive maintenance program.

A preventive maintenance program will allow for less emergency calls and frequent plumbing repairs and or replacements.  
By regularly inspecting and maintaining your fixtures, water heater and drains, your assurance that a costly emergency plumbing problem will arise when you least expect it lessens.  Regular inspections and maintenance will prevent the need for service,  replacements and additional service.

Always take care of a Plumbing problem right away and make the necessary repairs as soon as your aware of it, as this will prevent a more serious and costly situation from happening.

Not all DIY are created equal. Trust your Plumbing repairs to a licensed professional Plumber. You save time, money, and stress in the long haul of it.

It’s best to do a complete inspection on every apartment or Condo when they become vacant or at least once a year when there are tenants. Always check for the following to avoid future problems and save money on your water bill:

Faucets:  Check for drips, leaks.

Toilets:  Leaks, ghost flushing when the tank is full, is the toilet a water saver toilet, does human waste go down at the first flush.

Shut off Angle stops:  Check for leaks around the valves - Make sure they still turn.

Garbage disposal:  Is it running properly, check for slow draining

Sinks:  Check for slow draining- Slow to drain now, leads to a clog later

Shower/Tub:  Check for slow draining.

Water Heaters:  Does it make banging noises? Sediment/mineral build up can reduce the efficiency of the unit. The buildup can harden and sometimes clog the drain valve.
 Does it turn off regularly, or does not heat the water sufficiently??.

Storm Drains: Inspect and clean at least every year to avoid clogging during the rains

Lawn Sprinklers:  Inspect, check for leaks, replace heads where needed, test.

Sewer drains:  Clean every 6 months to a 1 year to help prevent debris build up & clogging.   

If your apartment or Condo complex suffers from constant sewer back -ups and drain clogs, your building might benefit from having Rooter & Drain cleaning done every 3-6 month or a year. Give us a call and we’ll have a 7 Rico Plumber discuss which option is best for your building.