Getting Business Back To Work With Plumbing & Drainage Checks

So you’re heading back to work?

It goes without question that you’re busy making health and safety preparations for your employees’ return to the office or building, but one thing you should not neglect is the plumbing and drainage systems. Like many businesses around the country going into lockdown was a sudden and immediate change, and for many months your building might not have been used; this also means that your plumbing and drainage has been left dormant too. Here’s a checklist of things for you to check before you give the all clear for employees to return fully to the building, because if any of these things go wrong, you could find yourself with another costly setback.

Check Traps & Seals

If you have recently had a deep clean in your building then you might have accidentally disturbed or knocked the traps and seals out of place. When pulling out a dishwasher or other machine connected to a waste pipe it may be tempting to disconnect the pipes in order to gain full access for a clean – however, incorrect replacement of this pipe can lead to leaks and floods over time.

Grease Build Up

Commercial kitchens inevitably have a build up of grease and other fatty substances within the drainage system, this is why we recommend a Planned Preventative Maintenance schedule, so we can provide a cleaning service to avoid long term damage. However, when businesses shut down overnight fat and grease build up was left to harden within the plumbing. If you start using your drainage in the same way as before then you are likely to build upon the established grease and fat. Fairly soon you will encounter a blockage that could cause further disruption to your business. We would recommend investing in a deep clean of all the primary pipework particularly those that serve kitchens and dishwasher areas.

Grease Traps

Similarly, the build up of grease and fat within these will have had months to collect, fester and deteriorate. These appliances will need a deep clean before they can work as effectively as before.


Without a continuous stream of flush water going down the pipes, faecal matter, toilet paper, and other debris is given the opportunity to dry up and harden on the walls of the pipes. When further material is flushed down the system, the newly hardened walls can trap flushed objects and cause a serious blockage to occur. We recommend a Hydro Scrub to ensure the drain is ready for further usage.

Toilet Cisterns

Without continued use it is possible that the inner workings of a cistern can become stuck. Simply test all the cisterns for flush action to ensure no leaks occur. If you do notice an issue, give us a call.


When taps are regularly used they are often easy to use, however, if they are allowed to remain dormant for some time they can get stiff and stuck. If your taps take extra force to turn then it can lead to further damage and cause leaks, dripping, or other issues.

Odour Issues

This should be an easy to notice problem when returning to your place of work. If you do notice odour issues then try and work out the source of the issue and check traps and seals. If the smell is coming from drainage and waste pipes, does flushing water resolve the issue?


With a reduced usage and the potential for dried up pipes and drainage, vermin such as rats will find it easier to climb through your drainage system to source food. If you have signs of a rat infestation, then get in touch.


Local Drainage Specialists Supporting You In Crisis

We recently went on a podcast with Business 2 Business Talk to discuss the work that we do in the local area and how we’ve been supporting businesses and homeowners around the county during the lockdown. Listen to it here: BuzzPodcasts.

Drain Doctor Anna on Buzz Podcasts