Proper drainage is essential for many commercial businesses and companies across a range of sectors. But what are the most common problems caused by blocked commercial drains? And how should your business respond?
What are the problems caused by blocked commercial drains?
There are a number of problems and issues that can be caused by blocked commercial drains. These include:
- Interrupting business activity
- Foul odours
- Health and safety risks
- Structural damage
- Environmental damage
Blocked commercial drains can interrupt business activity
One of the biggest problems associated with blocked drains at businesses and company buildings is the interruption of business activities. This occurs because drain blockages cause build ups of stagnant water that can hinder regular business operations, including the cleaning processes, the food preparation, and general hygiene maintenance. This can be particularly disruptive for kitchen spaces and restaurants, where a blocked drain can prevent efficient washing of dishes and utensils, leading to delays and potential health hazards. This disruption to business activity can cause companies to lose money and business reputation.
Blocked commercial drains can create foul and unpleasant odours
As well as disrupting the general day to day business, blocked commercial drains can also lead to foul odours that can be very unpleasant for both employees and customers/clients. In fact customers and clients may even be put off from returning to your business, because of this experience. The foul odours occur from the accumulation of debris and stagnant water that is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other microorganisms. These unpleasant odours can quickly spread throughout any business or commercial space, causing discomfort and potentially driving away customers.
Health and safety issues
Blocked commercial drains can be a significant health and safety risk for your business. The bacteria that builds up in the combination of stagnant water and organic waste can contaminate the air and surface spaces, and it can also be a perfect breeding ground for mould and other pathogens. These can increase the likelihood of infections among employees and staff and can even increase the risk of slip and fall accidents because of water overflow. This can create hazardous conditions that make working and visiting your workplace a risk.
Blocked commercial drains can cause structural damage
As well as being unsanitary and increasing the chance of illness, blocked drains can also result in structural damage to commercial buildings. This is because water will always flow to the easiest path, and when it cannot flow freely through the drainage system, it may find alternative pathways. These pathways can include cracks and weak spots in the building structure, which will then be made worse over time. This can even lead to damage to the building’s foundation, walls, and floors, leading to expensive repairs and potential business disruptions.
Blocked commercial drains can cause environmental damage
From an environmental perspective, blocked drains can contribute to pollution. When drains are clogged, water may overflow onto roads and pavements, carrying contaminants and pollutants into nearby water bodies. This can have a detrimental impact on the local ecosystem, harming aquatic life and potentially compromising the quality of drinking water sources.
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