Plumbing Warning for Temporary Shut Down Buildings

Water held unused in building pipes while businesses or activities have been cancelled can become stagnant. Conditions may develop increasing the risk for the growth and spread of waterborne bacteria, such as Legionella or biofilm, in the building piping. Disinfectant in the water, such as chlorine, will likely have dissipated or become undetectable. Actions are necessary to ensure the water in the building is safe and odor free before resumption of normal use.

Safely Flushing Plumbing

The building plumbing, including water heaters, should be thoroughly flushed before reopening for normal use. Thorough flushing includes operating all sink, tub, shower, and toilet fixtures. Safety equipment, such as eye washes, safety showers, and fire sprinkler systems may also require assessment and necessary maintenance. Water features inside buildings including hot tubs/spas and cooling towers also can require attention. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has detailed information on reactivating a building’s plumbing systems after dormant conditions on its website

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If you should have any other questions or issues, please call a Customer Service Representative at 336-434-7341.