Hotel Plumbing Problems

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crawfordmech May 10, 2022

From leaky faucets to damaged pipes, hotel plumbing systems face a lot of wear and tear. 

With guests staying for days, weeks or months at a time, plumbing issues can impede their experiences and cause a hefty dent in your wallet. Minor problems can also quickly lead to larger issues, damaging your system and building. 

Calling a professional to repair your hotel plumbing system or install upgrades will make sure you can keep your business running and your guests happy. 

Why Do Hotels Experience so Many Problems?

Many people who stay in hotels forget the bathroom etiquette they would perform at home. They may flush items that they typically wouldn’t or neglect to take care of items falling down the drains. Guests don’t usually treat a hotel bathroom the way they would their own and they aren’t likely to report potential problems they may have caused. 

Many common hotel plumbing issues stem from various forms of buildup or lack of maintenance. Toothpaste, soap, minerals, dirt and grime can easily clog drains and pipes and affect the effectiveness of your system. Furthermore, rust and other natural buildups can impede system efficiency. 

Addressing these plumbing issues early and performing routine maintenance can help prevent additional problems. You’ll be able to keep your business running, and your guests will appreciate their warm showers after a long day of travel or activities. 

Common Hotel Plumbing Problems

From clogged pipes to burst ones, hotels can experience various issues that impede business and profit. 

To avoid causing further damage to your plumbing system or building, you should call for repairs as soon as you’re aware of the issue. A professional will be able to evaluate the problem and determine the best solution to keep your business operating continuously and seamlessly.


Blocked Pipes

Blocked pipes are one of the most common plumbing issues that hotels face. While pipes can quickly become clogged with toothpaste, soap and minerals, hair is the most common perpetrator. Hair that falls loose when bathing or showering will slide down the drain. Over time, soap and other sticky materials will build up in the tangled strands and clog the pipes. 

Rather than waiting for the problem to arise, you should request regular maintenance. A hydro-jetting service every few months will ensure that your pipes and drains are completely free from clogs. A larger hotel will likely need this service more frequently, while a smaller one can leave more time between cleanings. 


Dripping faucets raise your water bill, adding up with every drop down the drain. They can also be a sign of high water pressure, which can cause your pipes to deteriorate. However, you can typically resolve the issue if you catch it early. 

While you can often find a leaky faucet by the sound of dripping water, checking room by room can take more time than you want to spend. Instead, you can determine if your pipes are leaking by shutting off your main water valve and taking note of the current reading. Check the reading after about two hours — if it’s increased, you have a leak and need to call for service repairs. 

Burst Pipes

Your pipes can burst for multiple reasons: 

  • If you live in an area that experiences harsh winters, liquid sitting in the pipes will expand as it freezes and cause your pipes to burst. 
  • Rust can weaken and thin metal pipes. 
  • Warm weather makes pipes vulnerable to fluctuating water pressure, leading to an eventual burst. 
  • Old pipes are more likely to burst as their materials weaken and deteriorate. 

When a pipe bursts, calling a professional is always the wisest thing to do. Trying to fix the problem yourself can cause more issues than you started with, leading to even more expensive repairs. 

Low Water Pressure

Mineral deposits and clogged or damaged pipes can cause low water pressure by keeping some of the water from making it through the faucet. 

Low water pressure can also result from someone turning the water valve off and on. If they didn’t turn the valve completely back to the “on” position, it might be limiting how much water can get through. You can try adjusting the valve to see if that fixes the problem. However, if the valve is set correctly and the water pressure is still low, you’ll need to call a professional. 

While low water pressure alone likely isn’t causing any damage to your system, your guests will undoubtedly prefer to have better pressure. Furthermore, as low water pressure can often be a sign that your plumbing system needs maintenance, it’s best to get the issue resolved as soon as possible.

How Plumbing Issues Affect Your Business

Most people don’t want to stay in lodgings with plumbing issues, considering them a messy hassle that they’d rather not deal with away from home. 

Furthermore, plumbing issues can quickly become a much larger problem resulting in your business shutting down for repairs. In some cases, the lack of business during that repair time could be detrimental and the company may not be able to reopen. 

Plumbing issues can also result in problems with the building’s structure. Cracks, mold, slab leaks and more can damage your building beyond repair if you leave them untreated. Along with more potential issues arising, these problems create an unsafe environment for people to stay in. 

Find an Expert Plumber to Resolve Plumbing Issues

The best plumber for your hotel is one with experience servicing large commercial buildings. Keep the following considerations in mind as you look:

  • Experience: The longer a plumber has been servicing an area, the more experience and knowledge they have about the industry. 
  • Licensing and certification: The proper certification and licenses will ensure they can perform the necessary services to get your hotel back to running smoothly. 
  • Reviews: Check online reviews and ensure their previous clients have had a great experience. 

Crawford Mechanical Services, Inc. provides residential, industrial and commercial plumbing services to the Columbus, Ohio, area. We know how to service your system to keep an efficient flow of productivity in your business. We ensure correct pressures and drainage throughout installation and we’re licensed to install any commercial systems you require. 


Crawford Mechanical Services, Inc., Is Your Professional Plumbing Service

Crawford Mechanical Services, Inc. has over 40 years of plumbing experience. We know how important it is to get to the root of the problem before more significant issues arise. We believe in building long-term relationships to earn your loyalty and trust, and we strive to deliver the experience you deserve. 

When you work with us, you can expect an efficient, cost-effective custom plan for your business. We’ll meet your specifications and remodel your plumbing system to give you a customized solution that fits your needs. We also offer drain cleaning and repair to keep your business up and running seamlessly. 

If you need help with your hotel plumbing, contact Crawford Mechanical Services, Inc. for professional installation or repairs in the Columbus, Ohio area

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