17th August, 2018

Your Guide To Preventative Plumbing Maintenance For Businesses

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Is your business literally washing money down the drain? Preventative maintenance on commercial properties isn’t just about ticking boxes—it also has real implications for your business operations.

We’ve put together this guide to help you learn more about commercial plumbing. We explain the potential benefits of regular maintenance and let you know what to expect when an Emu plumber arrives at your Brisbane business.


The benefits of regular plumbing maintenance for businesses

Burst pipes and broken hot water systems should not be your only reasons to phone a plumber.  Preventative maintenance has financial, safety and legislative benefits. Regular inspections by a plumber can help you:

  • Identify problems before they become expensive emergencies.
  • Identify and remove safety hazards in your workspace.
  • Ensure you meet any legislated testing and maintenance requirements.  


Financial benefits

Preventative maintenance by a qualified plumber catches minor issues before they become costly emergencies. No one wants to shut down for the day because a damaged pipe finally gave way! When you’re operating a business, you’re risking significant loss of revenue on top of the repair bill.


Safety benefits

Your health and the health of your employees is priceless. Preventative maintenance maximises safety by keeping cooling and heating systems functioning properly, as well as identifying potential hazards with pipes, gutters or roofing.


Legislative benefits

Depending on your industry, you may have legislation that affects your operations. Specific rules apply to things like waste disposal, backflow prevention and air quality management. Regular maintenance visits can confirm you’re operating properly under that legislation, as well as taking care of any mandated regular testing or maintenance of those systems. Your appropriately endorsed and accredited plumber can also sign off on any required forms, keeping you up-to-date with your legal requirements.


What happens during a commercial plumbing maintenance visit?

A good plumber will do more than cast their eyes over the pipes and test a few valves during a commercial maintenance visit. You can expect them to focus on seven key areas, although this number could vary if your industry or business set-up requires extra testing or maintenance.

The seven key preventative maintenance checks are:

  1. Water usage audit. Your plumber will check for unusually high water usage, identify problems and offer solutions to bring your water costs down.
  2. Fixtures. Your plumber will quote for fixture upgrades to minimise consumption and save money on water usage. Commercial properties are often not sub-metered and every saving can be helpful.
  3. Sewer and stormwater systems. Your plumber will check with CCTV camera that there are no visible breakages that can cause issues with buildings. For older buildings, they can also forecast the need to upgrade old terracotta pipes to PVC.  
  4. Roofing and guttering.  Your plumber will check your business’s roofing and guttering, identifying damage or general wear and tear that could cause problems in the future.
  5. Water catchment systems. Your plumber will assess and check surface water and groundwater catchment systems.
  6. Roof ventilation.  Your plumber will assess current systems and quote on improvements to your roof ventilation. Brisbane summers get extremely hot. Make sure your employees aren’t uncomfortable or risking adverse health effects due to heat by making sure your space has adequate ventilation.
  7. Hot water systems. Your plumber will check the hot water system your business has, gas, solar or electric.

After checking these systems and fixtures, your plumber will note any essential repairs or replacements needed, as well as any potential for improvements or upgrades to your existing systems.

They’ll look for things like old galvanising that may rust, and provide advice about upgrades and options, such as long-life piping. Your plumber may also find waterproofing faults around the workspace/carpark & advise the course of action/remedy available if required.


What to remember when choosing a plumber for commercial maintenance

No matter what job needs doing, you want a plumber who is:

  • Accredited
  • Communicative
  • Transparent

Appropriate accreditations should always be a high priority. When choosing a plumber to handle commercial jobs, for peace of mind, it’s important to go with a plumber who is an endorsed Master Plumber with the Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland.

You should also look for a plumber who provides open and transparent communication. For example, at Emu Plumbing we use efficient booking systems to make sure our customers are well-informed before maintenance visits. We also know how important it is that your business doesn’t grind to a halt for plumbing maintenance, so we work around your schedule to minimise the impact of our visit.

For more information, check out our 5 Key Things to Look For in a Commercial Plumber blog post to help you find the best Brisbane plumber for you and your business. 

We believe that communication is key and our team welcomes questions at any time.


Don’t risk falling behind with preventative plumbing maintenance.

Preventative plumbing can have a big impact on your bottom line. Book your commercial plumbing health check with Emu Plumbing today. Our accredited and endorsed Master Plumbers are here to help keep your premises in good working order.

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    We cannot fault Tony and the team at Emu Plumbing. We had a very complex reline of a long combine sewer that had plagued us for decades. Emu Plumbing used latest technology combined with their considerable experience to creatively problem solve over four days of hard yakka. It was over 36 degrees! The team were professional, courteous and went the extra mile to do the job. After three days on site they left the place clean and tidy as if they were never there. We would recommend Emu Plumbing without reservation.

    Alan and Lesley Chenoweth, Happy Pipe Relining Customers
  • “Well organised, efficient and competitively priced.”

    Have been using Tony Bonehill & his team from Emu Plumbing for a number of years and have no hesitation in recommending them for all types of plumbing works. I manage a large property portfolio, and I need to be able to rely on my tradespeople, and I never have to second guess using Emu Plumbing. They are well organised, efficient & competitively priced!

    Toni Jorgenson, Property Manager
  • “Quick, knowledgeable and competitive on price.”

    I have been in this industry now for more than 25 years across a number of different venues and was introduced to Tony and his team by another friend that owns and runs a restaurant in Brisbane. For more than the last five years he has been one of our top trade contacts, and I would recommend Emu to anyone that is interested in getting the job done right the first time.

    They are always on time, and they are clean and tidy workers (which is essential in a commercial kitchen). They clean up, take photos of the work completed and are always happy to do a quick site check to see if anything else may need attention in the future. Quick, knowledgeable and competitive on price.

    Nick Pinn, Malt Group
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    I would highly recommend Emu Plumbing to any Strata Scheme looking for an outstanding Maintenance Plumber. Their expertise, high standard of service and prompt response is why I have continued to use Emu Plumbing for all our plumbing issues.

    John Tam, Corporate Manager
  • “Efficient processes, quality workmanship and quick turnaround.”

    Efficient processes, quality workmanship and quick turnaround, is why we at Sikorsky Helitech, a Lockheed Martin company, choose Emu Plumbing for all our plumbing services. In the Commercial world, downtime means money, so it is very important to our company that we have trades that understand an urgent “Call to Action” like Emu Plumbing.

    Paul Carnell, FMC
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    Precision Aviation Group Australia uses Emu Plumbing for all plumbing and gas fitting requirements that arise on site.

    Tony and his team leave no stone unturned in their support of our needs. They go above and beyond to ensure that the time frames and quality of the work are to the highest level and they continue with the customer comes first attitude when the work is complete. For any commercial plumbing or gas fitting requirements, Emu plumbing is the market leader.

    Chris Slade, Director of Operations
  • “The best plumbers I have worked with, they never let me down.”

    I have worked with Tony and the Emu Plumbing Team over nearly 4 years. The level of professionalism, and most importantly honesty and integrity that the Team delivers every day is outstanding. Tony is always available for advice over the phone to our Tenants and Landlords.

    I would recommend Tony and the Emu Team as the best plumbers I have worked with, and they have never let me down. Now that is something that is hard to find!

    Stephanie Cook, Property Management
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    I have had the pleasure of using Emu Plumbing several times. On all occasions they have been very helpful, informative and prompt, with their advice and service. The work they have carried out has always been completed reliably as promised and very professionally. Very happy to recommend Emu Plumbing.

    Ian Davies, Happy Customer
  • “I have no hesitation in recommending the Emu Plumbing team.”

    A huge thank you to Tony, Al and Bryce for helping us get Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen up and running! You’ve been incredible, and we’re very appreciative of your efforts, which went above and beyond the norm on many occasions. We used lots of second-hand and re-purposed items during our fit-out, and nothing was straightforward – but nothing was ever a problem for the boys. I have no hesitation in recommending the Emu Plumbing team, and am glad they’re part of ours.


    Ben Brown, Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen
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    The team at Emu plumbing never fail to impress. Tony, Niles, Eli and Joseph are all beyond excellent in their work. Fast responses, extremely polite, and honest work. They’re very thorough and take time to explain situations to make sure everyone understands what is being done and why, they hold a great attention to detail and always clean up after themselves. I can’t recommend Emu enough.

    Thank you guys!

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    Emu Plumbing have the nicest and most professional boys working in their team, they are all so well mannered and polite. Well done!

    Ros Rundle, Happy Customer
  • “Prompt and excellent service!”

    I moved into a new unit to find no water was flowing through the pipes. My property manager sent Eric from Emu Plumbing who fixed the matter quickly.

    Someone turned off my water supply last night as water from my unit was leaking downstairs into the foyer! Along came Eric who again fixed the problem of my laundry taps and he even left ‘who gives a crap’ toilet paper. Fantastic!!

    Prompt and excellent service from your company – Eric was polite and efficient.

    Ronda Demaine, Happy Customer
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    Had the guys out doing storm water pipes for my new shed. 
    Very knowledgeable guys who did a great job. The whole process from the quoting and booking to the completion of the job was effortless!! Fantastic team. Highly recommended!

    Brad Sellick, Happy Customer
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    So happy with Bryce and Alex –  they both turned up on time and were professional and did fantastic work – thank you

    Ian Sampson, Happy Customer
  • “10 out of 10”

    10/10! My rating for Alistair’s call out 🙂 You pick great plumbers with an amazing “bedside manner” Tony! 

    Thanks again

    Jacqui, Happy Customer
  • “They did a very thorough, excellent job, with photographic evidence, were very reasonably priced and very professional”

    I needed to call an emergency plumber on a Saturday afternoon for issues at the office where I work in Kingsford Smith Drive in Eagle Farm. I called two local after-hours plumbers without success. Emu answered on the first ring although already busy with a job down the road. They estimated they would be finished with the current job and would be at the office by 4.30 pm which they were. They did a very thorough, excellent job, with photographic evidence, were very reasonably priced and very professional/ I would highly recommend them and use their services again without hesitation.

    Teresa da Silva, Happy After Hours Customer
  • “Issue was fixed and all my gas equipment around the house was brought up to compliance”

    Tony and his team were amazing! I was stuck with no hot water late at night and he sent someone the following morning but still reassured me that he would be able to fix my problem. His worker, Niles was very professional, thorough and lovely. Issue was fixed and all my gas equipment around the house was brought up to compliance.

    Amy Waters, Happy Customer

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