Common Plumbing Issues Our Commercial Customers Face

Plumbing problems can occur *out of the blue*, not only can plumbing issues be annoying but they can also disrupt your business. This could be down to a safety issue, or, it could mean a loss of productivity, either way, it’s essential your business runs without problems with your plumbing.

There are a few different types of plumbing issues that occur in commercial premises, they often happen suddenly, but if you are aware of what CAN happen it will help you try and avoid these problems popping up.

Leaks – Leaks is one of the most common reasons a plumber is called out. Underground cracked pipes or a kitchen or bathroom leaking tap, or leaking toilet can all become a significant problem. Issues such as these need to be dealt with straight away BEFORE they turn into bigger issues.  These types of persistent leaks can result in water being wasted and you receiving a higher water bill. Any moisture-ridden spaces can then become prone to mildew, rot and mould, with mould causing allergies and respiratory issues. If you have any leaks, call plumbers Sydney on 1300 896 508 to fix the problem as soon as possible.

Clogging – it can be very frustrating if you find yourself dealing with sluggish drains and clogs regularly. These problems can be a sign of a more significant plumbing issue.

Hot water system problems – in commercial properties hot water problems can be disruptive, and repairs can also be time-consuming. This is because commercial-grade hot water systems are more complicated than the system you have at home. It is not always easy to maintain constant hot water temperatures in commercial buildings which can be a massive problem for some businesses so need to be hot water plumbing Sydney.

A foul sewer odour – this can be a sign of a major plumbing problem and if you find the smell coming from different areas of the property it could be an indication of a problem with the pipes. If pipes below the floor are very dry, it can cause a constant lingering sewer smell and sewer blocked. It is essential you call 1300 896 508 to deal with the problem.

Foundation cracks, movement or damage – damage to the foundation of a structure is dangerous, and plumbing issues can lead to poor drainage, soil displacement and risk of foundation damage.

You need to have any issues dealt with quickly and professionally, especially when you run a business, ensure all plumbing issues are handled by a 24 hour plumber who deals with both commercial and residential matters. Remember there is no job too small to call out a plumber – from a small kitchen tap leak to a blocked toilet, you need to deal with any plumbing issues quickly, it can put the safety of you and your staff – and even your business at risk.

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A leak at a plumbing connection is not only wasting water, it’s costing you money. Threaded fittings are used in the plumbing industry to connect pipes and fixtures and those fittings will leak if they haven’t been sealed correctly.  Unfortunately, there is a common mistake, made by homeowners when attempting to seal a leak, they use plumbers putty instead of thread tape or joint compound. Professional emergency plumbers will use a pipe joint compound or thread tape on fittings before connecting them to seal the joints and prevent leaks.

To do this –

  • Turn off the water.
  • Cut the pipe on either side of the leak at least an inch away from the fitting. This will allow you to unscrew the fitting at the pipes joint.
  • Now disconnect the leaking joint, you can use pliers or an adjustable wrench. Firmly hold one side of the fitting while turning the other side anticlockwise to loosen and then separate the two pieces.
  • Clean both the male and female fittings threads, use a wire brush to remove any old pipe corrosion, compound or debris. A standard wire brush is best for cleaning the male fitting, but for a female connection, you will need a wire bottlebrush.
  • Apply a good coat of pipe joint compound to the threads on the male fitting, you don’t need to apply the joint compound to the female side. If you are using thread tape instead of joint compound, wrap the male threads with several layers of tape.
  • Thread the male fitting into the female fitting and tighten it until snug, then apply an extra half turn using your pliers or wrench.
  • Install a coupling to reconnect the pipes. PVC pipes will need to have the ends cleaned with a PVC cleaner. Apply a generous amount of PVC glue to the pipes and connect with the coupling. If using copper pipes, you’ll need to clean the end of the pipe using sandpaper, apply the pipe flux and join the two pipes with a copper coupling and solder them together.
  • Turn on the water supply to check for leaks.

What you’ll need

  • Pliers or adjustable wrench
  • Wire brush
  • Rags
  • Pipe joint compound
  • Couplings
  • PVC cleaner
  • PVC Glue


  • Soak any hard to remove fittings with some penetrating oil
  • Pipe flux is a compound that helps to prevent oxidation during soldering
  • Apply thread tape to the male connection first, then a coat of pipe joint compound as an added measure to seal the fittings.
  • You must use CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) glue to connect CRVC pipes and fittings. APVC pipes and fittings are used for hot water lines.


  • Don’t over-tighten plastic fittings, the threads are tapered, and this can cause the female fitting to split. Hand tighten fittings and then give an additional turn or two.

If you have any other issues or problems call 24 hour plumbers on 1300 896 508


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