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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.


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Commercial Buildings: How to Ensure the Water Supply Is Clean

by Melvin Owens

If you own or manage a large commercial building, you are responsible for ensuring that the drinking water is safe and clean. While the mains water is clean when it enters your building, it could become contaminated by microorganisms or rust and other metals as it passes through the building's internal plumbing system. These contaminants may lead to people becoming unwell due to drinking bad water and could leave you facing a lawsuit or investigation by the local health and safety authority. Below is a guide to the steps you can take to keep the drinking water in your building clean and safe.

Consider the size of the pipes

When your commercial property was designed and constructed, it is likely that the pipes and the rest of the plumbing system were installed in a standard configuration for the building type. However, for the best water quality, the configuration of pipes and plumbing should be determined by the needs of the current inhabitants and users of the property rather than a standardised plan.

For example, large pipes may have been installed when your building was constructed. The capacity of these large pipes reduces the flow and speed of water which increases its temperature. The warmer the water is in your system, the greater the chance that bacteria and microorganisms will develop.

However, given your current use of the building, you may not need such large pipes. By replacing these pipes with ones of a smaller diameter, you can increase the rate at which water flows through the pipes, lowering its temperature and reducing the chance of microbial growth.

Consider the routeing of the pipes

When replacing the plumbing in your commercial building, you should also consider the route the pipes take around the building. In older properties, water pipes are sometimes installed so they run alongside pipes which are used to heat the building. The radiant heat from the heat pipes can warm the water overnight and increase the chance that bacteria and microorganisms with begin to develop.

Install a filter

If you are still concerned about the quality of the drinking water in your building, you should install a filter. While a filter will not be able to eliminate the risk created by microorganisms, it will help to remove any impurities in the water which are causing it to taste unpleasant, smell unusual or look off-colour. The filter can be install on the main water pipe to purify the water before it is pumped to the taps and drinking wells in your commercial building.

If you would like further advice about how to best maintain the quality of your water supply, contact a plumber for more information.