Between residents, a board of directors, maintenance staff, and service providers a property manager is the point of contact for everyone! As the point of contact knowing your facility from the inside out can be extremely helpful when a roof leaks, a pool needs a repair or a sudden plumbing problem occurs. Knowing your building’s plumbing before a sudden pipe leak or backup appears will help you easily and effectively speak with your plumbing contractor. Every property manager should be able to answer these three questions about their facility’s plumbing before a plumbing emergency strikes.
What Kind of Pipes Do You Have?
There are many kinds of pipes out there – cast iron, PVC, copper, orangeburg, concrete, and even clay. Each kind of pipe has its strengths and weaknesses. For instance, cast iron pipes are a common pipe material for sewer lines and they have the tendency to build up from corrosion which scales on the inside of the pipe resulting in backups due to the diameter of the pipe becoming smaller. Clay pipes are often installed in pieces that have connecting joints. If these joints crack, tree roots have the tendency to grow into and inside the pipe causing backups. Knowing what kind of pipes you have on your property will help you describe any issues to your local no-dig plumbing company.
How Old Are Your Pipes?
As pipes get older, the tendency for clogs, backups, corrosion buildup, and pipe leaks increases with age. Experts claim that facilities older than 30 years old are three times more likely to have plumbing problems. Knowing the age of your pipes can help you avoid plumbing problems that occur with age and also to help determine a preventative maintenance schedule to extend the lifespan of your facility’s pipes.
What is the Condition of Your Pipes?
If your facility hasn’t conducted an inspection of your property’s potable or drain pipes since the property was built, you may be opening the door for an emergency plumbing situation that could result in significant repair costs. Knowing the pre-existing condition of your plumbing before a cracked sewer line pops up can help you avoid and prevent plumbing problems such as a cracked sewer line before it happens.
Before another plumbing problem occurs on your watch be sure to know your property’s plumbing. Knowing the kind of pipes you manage, their age, and a condition is key information that a plumbing contractor will need to assess and effectively solve or extend the lifespan of your property’s plumbing.