Commercial plumbing fails as often as residential plumbing. That is why commercial plumbing services exist. Because you are no stranger to commercial plumbing in your chemicals plant, you know that it is very important for all of the pipes and parts to work. The following places and scenarios show what commercial plumbing can fail, why you would not want it to fail, and how your commercial plumber would address these situations.

Valves Leaking Caustic Chemicals 

Yikes. Caustic chemicals have a time and place to work, but you definitely do not want them leaking from a valve handle! As the caustic chemical continues to leak, it eats away at the screw threads of the valve's interior screw. The leaking chemical also eats holes in anything and everything below that valve, including the concrete floor of your factory.

To fix this problem, your commercial plumber has to shut off the flow from behind the valve, suit up for protection, and take apart the leaking valve. Then he/she replaces the valve and/or valve handle, tightens everything up, seals the pipe and screw opening around the new valve handle. Finally, he/she reopens the pipe by reopening the valve in the pipeline behind the replaced valve.

Pressurized Pipe Blows

Pressurized pipes in a chemical plant often have steam heat in them. When they blow, it is exceedingly hot, and the steam can burn employees that are really close to the pipe when it blows. Preventive maintenance for these pipes is always better than the repair and/or replacement of these pipes because of cost.

Cooling Tanks

Chemicals that are first created by heat and cooking are later transported by pipeline to cooling tanks. The chemicals have to be chilled until either a tanker truck can take them to a bottling plant, or your plant is able to bottle and package the cooled chemicals. If the cooling tanks fail to cool, and the chemicals are not chilled, the chemicals may become inert or too caustic to bottle. A commercial plumber can regularly check these tanks to help them maintain their cooling abilities. This can be done whenever the plumber comes to the plant to tend to any other needed service, or during your plant's quarterly, semi-annual, or annual maintenance.

In your case and your plant, prevention is always best. If you wait until something really awful happens, like any of the above, you put people in potential danger. You incur greater expenses, too. As often as possible, have a commercial plumber inspect and maintain everything in your plant.