When a funeral director takes over or starts to rent an old funeral home, they may need to contact a commercial plumbing professional and have some updates made to the premise's plumbing system. Here are some key changes that they might need to have made.

They may have to fit a small bathroom next to the room where the funeral services are held

If the room in the building where the funeral services are held is far away from the premises' bathroom, then it might be necessary for the funeral director to get their plumber to fit a small bathroom in one of the areas that are adjacent to this room. The reason for this is as follows; it is extremely common for people to have physical reactions to the intense sadness they feel whilst attending a funeral service. The most obvious reaction that most people experience is the urge to cry; however, others may find that their grief makes their stomach turn and leaves them very nauseous or in need of the toilet.

In any of these cases, the person experiencing these physical reactions may feel the need to visit a bathroom whilst the funeral service is taking place, in order to blow their nose, wipe their eyes, and compose themselves, or to use the toilet. If they have to walk down the central aisle of the room in which the funeral is taking place, they may unintentionally distract the other guests from, for example, the priest who is delivering the eulogy or the choir who are singing a hymn, and might draw unwanted attention to themselves, at a time when they feel distressed and quite ill.

Conversely, if a funeral director has their plumber fit a small bathroom adjacent to the funeral service room, mourners who need to pop into the bathroom to take some deep breaths or use the facilities can do so by quickly slipping over to the side of the room, without being noticed by too many people.

They should replace any old plumbing in the embalming room (even if it's not leaking)

If the funeral home has an embalming room whose plumbing system is quite old, then the funeral director should ensure that the commercial plumber they hire also replaces this plumbing, even if it is not leaking. The reason for this is as follows; as a plumbing system ages, it becomes more likely to spring leaks. As such, even if the embalming room's drainage pipes have not yet broken down, it is very likely that they will if they are reaching the end of their lifespan and the funeral director is regularly embalming bodies (and thus generating a lot of fluid waste) in this area.

Whilst all plumbing leaks are a nuisance, a leak in an embalming room's drainage pipes can be particularly awful, due to the fact that the fluids in these pipes often contain human waste matter and toxic embalming chemicals. As such, it is critical for the funeral director to take the precaution of replacing any pipes which, whilst still technically intact, are very old and likely to break soon.