01/10/2017 11:02 AM Posted by: Vic Caso



Each New Year brings a new budget, new technology upgrades and even new co-workers. However, it’s important (and convenient) to use the new year as a time to set new objectives and goals at work.

Use the new year to shrug off complacency, analyze processes your department "has been doing forever” and trash reactionary routines. Restore a preventative frame-of-mind within your team members by crafting preventive plans for common problems, as opposed to waiting for things to go south.

As a plumbing expert, if I could suggest only one new year’s resolution for property managers, facility managers, maintenance directors and building engineers, it would be to create and indoctrinate a preventative maintenance plan for the building’s plumbing systems.

The goal of this plumbing preventative maintenance plan is to get a comprehensive snapshot of the plumbing infrastructure’s condition. Having this type of strategy in place is critical, because it can help your building avoid a plumbing failure catastrophe, such as mold or water damage from a broken pipe, sewage odors, storm drain flooding, clogged drains or fire sprinkler failure. These problems may naturally occur with time and can result in high-cost repairs, tenant/resident displacement, water or drain shutdowns and/or disruptions to the building’s normal operations.


A plumbing preventative maintenance plan should be composed of:

1) Drain systems – Sanitary sewer drain, storm drain, vents, grease drains and other types of non-pressurized waste lines are often large enough for a camera inspection. These videos will show if there are any blockages, cracks, breaches in the pipe or other problems. Incorporating a video inspection into this plan will help your team get a benchmark on the property’s drain piping’s health and longevity. Drains should be hydro-jetted at least once a year to remove debris, but depending on your building’s use and prevalence of clogs, the number can be increased to once a month.

2) Water systems – For domestic hot and cold potable water lines, HVAC lines, recirculation lines, fire sprinkler lines, gas lines and any other pressurized pipe system, you or your team will have to apply visual inspections to the risers, exposed pipes, flooring, walls, ceiling, etc., looking for wet spots, mold, blister formation on the pipes or pinhole leaks. Other signs of water system problems are diminished water flow, fluctuating air or water temperatures and discolored water.


Other tips:

-Be sure all fixtures and fittings are checked, as well as everything in the mechanical room.

-Older pipe systems, lines and fixtures can be checked more often than newer systems, lines and fixtures.

-Any and all signs of deteriorating plumbing should be analyzed, carefully reported and photographed.




By planning and committing to these simple and inexpensive regular inspections, you can avoid many costly plumbing disasters to your building, such as mold remediation, sanitary sewer leaks and water damage to expensive wall paper or flooring. Additionally, this plumbing preventative maintenance plan will help you define your next budget, by planning maintenance and repairs for vulnerable plumbing infrastructure. Having an organized procedure like this in place will prevent emergency repairs, avert last-minute budget requests and ensure minimal inconvenience.

This plumbing preventative maintenance plan can be done annually or biannually, depending on the age of the facility or based on the number of plumbing failures the property has experienced in the last year.  

I hope you use 2017 to incorporate preventative routines into your normal operations. If your building (or home) needs any assistance with pipe system inspections, leak detection, drain cleaning, prevention options and repair solutions, please contact us today!





Please contact me, Vic Caso, to learn more about how we can help!

Vic Caso








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