Althoff Industries, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Commercial Plumbing’

When to Upgrade Your Commercial Water Heater

Monday, June 10th, 2024

One of the most critical aspects of maintaining a functional and efficient commercial facility is ensuring that your water heater(s) is in optimal condition. Although you can always depend on our team for water heater repair in Chicago, there will come a time when it’s best to stop putting money into increasing repair costs and instead upgrade to a new water heater. 

Below, we’ll look at signs that it’s time to replace your old water heater and reap the benefits of a newer, more efficient model.

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Understanding the Importance of Risers in Commercial Plumbing

Monday, May 27th, 2024

Maintaining a commercial building involves many intricate systems working together seamlessly. One of the most critical yet often overlooked components of a commercial plumbing system is the riser, also known as a riser main. These pipes transport water to the upper floors of a building, ensuring that all areas have adequate water pressure and supply. Risers age, and any business will eventually need to look into riser replacement.

We’re going to examine the importance of risers in commercial plumbing as well as the signs that indicate when riser replacement is necessary.

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What You Need to Know About Commercial Plumbing Regulations

Monday, April 15th, 2024

Althoff Industries has served the commercial plumbing needs of Chicagoland since 1960. That means we have many decades of experience ensuring that businesses meet and exceed local, state, and federal plumbing codes. If you try to navigate these regulations on your own, you’ll quickly find them overwhelming. 

To help you understand the importance of working with a licensed commercial plumber, we’re going to break down several of the codes and regulations that need to be kept in mind during any commercial plumbing service. 

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Commercial Plumbing Pipe Materials—And When to Upgrade

Monday, March 18th, 2024

No commercial facility has only a single type of piping material in it. Different materials serve different functions, and some facilities may have specific piping requirements. One example is process piping used in many manufacturing plants: these pipes may need to transport gas, sugar, chemicals, etc.

We’re not going to focus on process piping in this post. We’re going to address the common piping found in the majority of facilities and when these facilities may need repiping done. We work with all types of commercial piping in Chicago, and we’re ready to help you with making important upgrades.

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The Different Ways Pipes Are connected: Threaded Pipe vs. Flanges vs. Welded vs. Pressed

Monday, February 5th, 2024

In the world of commercial plumbing, one of the key parts of the success of any installation or repair is using the correct type of pipe connection. If you’re not familiar with the plumbing industry, you might think there’s only one type of connection, or if there are different types, the differences are only minor. But commercial plumbing is complex and needs to be customized for the many different roles in a facility. 

We’ll look at the four main choices for pipe connections: threaded pipes, flanges, welded joints, and pressed connections. Having the right pipe connections will have a major impact on how effective your facility’s plumbing is and how long it will last. 

We’ll take you on a brief tour through the different pipe connections and their best uses. Remember to always trust professionals for any type of commercial pipe services, from commercial pipe installation to commercial piping maintenance in Chicago, IL.

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The Corrosive Culprit: Sugar’s Impact on Commercial Piping

Monday, December 25th, 2023

Commercial facilities often overlook a hidden menace that lurks within their pipes: the corrosive power of sugar. Whether you’re in the confectionary business, work with any product that involves sugar, or even if your establishment often sees soda flowing down the drains, it’s crucial to understand the damage sugar can have on your commercial piping. 

Below, we’re going to examine the corrosive nature of sugar and provide some insights on detecting and preventing sugar-related pipe damage. It’s important to choose the right commercial plumbing partner to safeguard your process piping and commercial piping in Chicago, IL—and we’re the local contractor with more than six decades of experience you can trust!

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