Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

commercial plumbing problems

Commercial and business plumbing systems must be able to withstand a heavy workload. This can vary with the size of the building and the number of employees/personnel who inhabit it during business hours, but the excessive usage makes these systems prone to more frequent breakdowns than residential plumbing systems. Unfortunately, it also makes repairing them more expensive than residential repair as well. 


If you are a commercial property or business owner, keeping an eye out for plumbing problems is a day-to-day exercise. Here are some common commercial plumbing issues:

  1. Clogged toilets. This is a plumbing issue that no one ever wants to see, and it becomes even more problematic if you have employees and customers alike who use the restrooms. This obviously requires immediate attention, so if you can’t quickly unclog with a plunger, etc. it’s time to give Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric a call. In the meantime, a good way to avoid potential clogs is to educate employees on what not to flush down the toilet. Also, a routine plumbing inspection will help to uncover any small clogs or blockages before they become a bigger headache.
  2. Hot water issues. If you run out of hot water in your home, it’s an inconvenience. If you run out of hot water at your business, it could disrupt or even shut down that business. This is especially true of the restaurant and retail industries, where hot water is required to meet many safety standards and health regulations. There can be many factors leading up to a hot water shortage or stoppage, and most begin and end with the water heater. Make sure there is power going to the water heater and it is not leaking. Also check the water heater thermostat. If there are still issues, Better Call Armstrong.
  3. Drains that keep clogging. As we explained in No. 1 above, clogging is not a good word when it comes to commercial plumbing. And it certainly becomes even more troublesome when the same drains keep getting clogged over and over again. This is symptomatic of a bigger problem with your plumbing system, such as damaged pipes. Give us a call and we will check it out and like the above issue, instruct your employees not to dump anything down the kitchen sink or bathroom sink drain. Food, grease and other debris should be put in the trash instead of down the drain. 


When talking about commercial plumbers in Lubbock, there is no need to look any further than Armstrong. We’ve been handling it since 1934 and our customers know they can rely on our prompt service and maintenance, no matter the problem or the time of day. While we are confident the same minor plumbing issues can be solved by our customers, we urge you to give the commercial plumbing pros at Armstrong Mechanical a call. And don’t forget to ask about our Armstrong Service Agreement Plan (ASAP). Regular maintenance is one of the most cost-effective ways to maintain comfort, increase efficiency, saving you money and ensuring your systems are in optimal working order to promote longer equipment life. Please visit us online and on social media for updates throughout the year.