Clogged drain or sewer pipes can lead to messy problems in a church building. Hiring a professional to clean your lines regularly can save you from performing an even dirtier—and more expensive—job.
If your church’s water drainage pipes stop working properly, smelly black water can gurgle up through drains and damage the carpet, floors, and walls. To make things worse, mold will grow if water isn’t removed promptly.
Cleaning up this type of mess costs about $14,500 each time, based on claims submitted to Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. In addition, you have the hassle of dealing with a sewage backup that may interfere with church activities.
Fortunately, good habits and routine maintenance can eliminate most sewer and drain backups.
Kitchen clogs have two primary culprits: grease and rice. Grease solidifies like candle wax as it cools, coating the inside of pipes and gradually choking them off. Rice swells and clumps together when wet. Combine that with other food that enters a sink drain, and you’ll eventually get clogged pipes.
Good kitchen habits can help reduce these clogs:
Have a professional plumber:
You can attempt to maintain your building’s pipes yourself, using a plumber’s snake. It’s better than not treating them at all, but many tools you can buy aren’t as effective as those used by commercial plumbing companies, some of which use high-pressure water jetting equipment instead of a plumber’s snake. A key part of preventing sewer and drain backups is ensuring that you remove any blockages between your building and the city sewer line.
Having a plumber check sewer/drain lines regularly is relatively inexpensive and can help you catch problems before they become emergencies. In addition, it gives you someone dependable to call if an emergency arises.
Thank you for your interest in Brotherhood Mutual. We appreciate the opportunity to provide your church or other ministry with an insurance quote and will reply to your request as soon as possible.
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