5 Common Commercial Plumbing Myths Debunked!

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One of the many things that my Dad told me that has stuck with me through the years are these words of wisdom: “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.” This can certainly be applied to the neverending swirl of myths, half-truths and misconceptions surrounding commercial plumbing. Yes, friends, Armstrong Mechanical has just about heard every whopper there is to tell and they often make us chuckle. However, we want our commercial customers to make sure they have the facts, so let’s debunk a few of those myths.


  1. If it’s draining, it’s just fine. Not necessarily true. In fact, just because the drains are allowing water through does not mean that they are totally clear and clog free. Many plumbing problems take time and build up slowly; your drains are prime examples. Keep an eye out for any change to your drains and if they become slower. A clogged main drain is one problem you don’t need.
  2. Slow leaks are not a big deal. Wrong answer. For starters, slow or small leaks have a way of becoming fast and big leaks quickly and can cause water damage. Two, when you add up several slow or small leaks in a big commercial plumbing system, water usage – and your water bill – can increase dramatically. 
  3. Toilets = trash cans. Oh boy, this one can get you in trouble quickly. While it may be convenient to think a toilet will flush away anything and everything, sending items not intended for flushing into the sewer system can lead to blockages and health issues. A good rule of thumb is to post signage in restrooms reminding customers, tenants and employees what should and should not be flushed.
  4. All plumbers are created equal. Yes, all plumbers are trained in basic plumbing skills, but it simply isn’t accurate to say that residential plumbers, plumbing handymen or general building maintenance personnel can handle commercial plumbing issues. Commercial plumbing systems are a completely different animal, from the sheer size of the system and its equipment and the number of people it accommodates to the design and construction. The best way to resolve commercial plumbing problems is to hire a commercial plumber.
  5. Soap is the answer for all cleaning issues. It’s great for washing your hands, but not so great for keeping your plumbing system clean. This is especially true of plumbing fixtures such as faucets and toilets. Use specialized commercial cleaners to keep these items clean and sparkling.


Armstrong Mechanical can handle all plumbing issues, from residential problems to their bigger commercial counterparts. Better Call Armstrong today if your commercial building is experiencing any plumbing issues. And ask us about our Armstrong Service Agreement Plan, which can help keep your plumbing system flowing, flushing and draining the way it should. Armstrong has residential and commercial maintenance programs available.