15 Minute Lunch & Learn: BlueSky Paving’s “Paving 101”

15 Minute Lunch & Learn: BlueSky Paving’s “Paving 101”

15 Minute Lunch & Learn:
BlueSky Paving’s “Paving 101”

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Top 10 Tips to Reduce Ongoing Plumbing Expenses

Top 10 Tips to Reduce Ongoing Plumbing Expenses

Top 10 Tips to Reduce Ongoing Plumbing Expenses


Did you know that the average cost for plumbing services ranges from $300 to $700 or more for just an average job, like repairing faucets, toilets, or sinks, with the average hourly technician rate ranging from $80 to $120 an hour depending upon the market, day of the week and time of day?

Furthermore, some contractors charge a flat rate or a service fee of $100 or more on average to show up on-site. Your plumbing rates can also increase if the plumbing services are performed on the weekend or during an emergency event.

Plumbing services are among the most expensive maintenance services you or your business could pay for, and you want to avoid drowning in all the fees and costly rates if you can avoid doing so in the first place.

Below is a top 10 list of the best industry tips to help you avoid costly plumbing fees and overall expenses.

1. Floor Drains

​Floor drains don’t typically require much attention unless your sink or toilet overflows. However, because of the lack of awareness, your floor drains might be more susceptible to problems along the way.

Pre-planning your floor drains’ care is the most important step towards reducing your repair and maintenance costs.

Remember to fill your traps often. Filling or priming your traps on a routine basis ensures the drains’ function and clears away any debris that may clog your drain, guaranteeing an open and properly working line.

2. Go Trenchless

The benefits of trenchless pipe repair make it a no-brainer for those who need to fix their plumbing system.

Trenchless pipe repairs cause overall less damage, have a faster completion time than other repair methods, and provide an overall better-quality service.

In the end, going trenchless will save you more money and can provide a pipe solution that will last longer.

3. Blockage Warning Signs

Your sewer line is one of the most vital parts of your plumbing system – and if it becomes damaged or clogged, it could wreak unwelcome issues on your property.

Offset or damaged pipes could cost a lot to repair or replace. The sooner you detect a sewer line breakage or clog, the more likely you’ll be able to resolve the issue while saving your budget.

Damage tends to worsen over time, so if you’re experiencing the need to plunge or noticing slow drainage consistently, immediately call your service provider. The faster you recognize the warning signs of a blockage, the less you’ll spend on a massive repair bill.

4. Eco-friendly Options

There are plenty of eco-friendly, cost-saving solutions for your pipe and drain repairs.

Using harsh chemicals to unclog drains may cost you serious dollars if the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) gets involved, especially if those chemicals tap into the water supply.

Using more gentle products like baking soda and vinegar to unclog your pipes and drains are environmentally safe options and aid in unclogging most pipes and drains at a more affordable price than calling a tech for such minor work.

Thus, saving you an overall repair bill and on-site visit fees.

5. Office Plumbing

If you have multiple locations in your portfolio, and some of them have office spaces, you know that your space will need many sinks and toilets to accommodate those who’ll work in those offices.

Installing low flush toilets and installing faucet fixtures that utilize less water will help to avoid higher maintenance costs for your portfolio’s plumbing expenses.

6. Go Touchless

As mentioned previously, replacing old and outdated fixtures can dramatically reduce your plumbing costs.

For instance, installing a touchless faucet helps limit germs and will less likely need repairs and replacement parts (i.e., handles, internal washers, packing glands, cartridges) due to controlled fixture usage.

More importantly, it helps conserve and regulate water usage, ultimately saving your budget from a large water bill.

7. Wastewater Matters

Although you might have taken all the necessary precautions to avoid huge plumbing repairs, you still found yourself with a flooding problem.

Flooding is typically an emergency event, and no matter what you do, it can still be unavoidable. However, understanding the type of water can help mitigate the amount of flood damage to your property and the impact of the repair cost.

Clearwater flooding damage can be cleaned up on the spot (depending on the amount) and is safe unless 48-hours has passed. After 48-hours, clearwater can become greywater, which is a bit more hazardous and can soak and damage carpeting, furniture, and drywall.

Blackwater is the most extreme case, and it’s usually water from toilets and urinals containing raw sewage and fecal matter. Blackwater is the most destructive due to its unsanitary elements and can cause upholstery and drywall damage to the point where it’s unsalvageable.

However, before cleaning up any water waste, remember to contact your service provider first.

8. Backflow Prevention

Making sure to place a backflow prevention system is a must to secure the cross-connection of pipes or for your building supply lines.

Backflow assemblies help to protect not only your water supply but are also placed for safety measures. Once you have a system in place, routine inspection is typical and takes about 30-minutes to test thoroughly.

By connecting with the right partner with the experience and licenses to match, you can avoid unnecessary costs on repairs and replacements for your backflow system while maintaining your water lines’ operations.

9. Be the Boss of Your Drains

When things are out of our sight, it also tends to be out of our minds.

Unfortunately, our drain lines are precisely that. When our drain lines back up, everything else connected to it is backed up as well, like a domino effect.

There are many drain lines within a building, and they come in different sizes for different applications. Regardless, they all need a proper maintenance plan. 

Maintaining and managing your drain lines regularly through vetted technicians helps create a buffer that safeguards your drain’s longevity.

Taking proactive maintenance steps will help avoid significant expenses and problems down the line—literally!

10. If Your Tech Doesn't Fit, Your Plumbing Will Quit

In a commercial building, the plumbing system is much more complicated than a residential plumbing system and often a forgotten part of the business.

When it comes to hiring a commercial plumber to work in your building, you don’t want to make costly mistakes by hiring an uncertified tech.

You want to make sure the plumber you are hiring is licensed, insured, knowledgeable, and experienced in the commercial aspects of plumbing and plumbing repairs.

With so many plumbing specialists across the nation, it might get overwhelming to decide who would be the right fit.

That’s why connecting with the right contractor for your plumbing services helps to not only downgrade some of the repair costs for your portfolio, but you have the confidence in knowing your assigned vetted technician is fully licensed to take on whatever task is at hand.  


Saving money should always be a top priority for many professionals across varying industries.

Don’t wait for an emergency or any repair event to make you think otherwise.

By being proactive and taking back control of your plumbing system by following these ten tips, you’ll find yourself in a more sustainable and goal-oriented place.


To get the best plumbing programs for your multi-site portfolio, please connect with one of our Business Development Team members today!



Leveraging Plumbing Best Practices for Long-Term Maintenance Affordability

Leveraging Plumbing Best Practices for Long-Term Maintenance Affordability



Leveraging Plumbing Best Practices for Long-Term Maintenance Affordability

Maintaining your plumbing requires significant attention to detail, and if not adequately prepared or knowledgeable, you might find yourself with a hefty repair bill in the thousands, multiplied by the hundreds or thousands of properties in your portfolio.

One way to lessen some of the financial burdens is to seek a reputable national contracting partner to make sure all your plumbing basics are covered.

Below is an example of how a recent client of ours leveraged our plumbing best practices to save on their plumbing program.



​The client’s portfolio consisted of 300 fast-food locations across the nation that needed a significant update on their plumbing fixtures.

For several years, the client noticed each of their locations experiencing an increase in plumbing repairs that ranged from running faucets, broken toilets and the occasional blockage.

Continually dispatching service technicians to repair these minor repairs impacted their maintenance budget and also complicated matters further due to the lack of proper resources available when they required a technician.

The client sought us as a new partner, fully aware that a reputation like ours could not only supply the certified technicians in case of repairs and emergencies but a partner that could also offer a long-term sustainable plumbing program for their entire portfolio.


After reading about our best practice guidelines to lower their plumbing maintenance expenses, they agreed on a plan to refit all their bathroom fixtures with eco-friendly and cost-effective appliances.

To help mitigate their water bills, we offered to replace their existing toilets with low-flush options, strategically replacing them as units started to break down.

We also introduced the advantages of replacing their old-fashioned handle faucets with touchless sink technology, limiting the spread of germs and reducing the need for handles and other sink accessories like internal washers, packing glands, and cartridges.


By refitting their entire portfolio with new eco-friendly upgrades, the client would save on average 44% on their yearly water bill and saved an additional 55% on maintenance repairs, reducing on-site visitations by more than 33%.

Additionally, by signing with a national contractor, we provided the client with certified technicians for their inspections for all of their plumbing and drain services and received the added benefit of knowing that all of their plumbing would be covered under their new program.


Utility Savings

Saved 44% on yearly water bill

Repair Savings

Saved an additional 55% on maintenance repairs

On-site Visitations

Reduced on-site visits by 33%

When looking towards reducing your plumbing expenses, seek out a nationally recognized contracting partner to help level-out some of your concerns.

By doing so, you can expect to accomplish more savings and increase your network while having the comfort of knowing highly-vetted professionals in the industry are providing the right amount of services for your portfolio.