Commercial Plumbing Vs. Residential Plumbing
While all reputable plumbers possess extensive plumbing skills, knowledge, and training, there are some differences between commercial plumbing and residential plumbing requiring different abilities. A plumber that specializes in residential work focuses on the needs of a single-family residence. Whereas, commercial plumbing projects demand knowledge of different code requirements/permits, as well as how to structure plumbing for increased use.
When it comes to installing or servicing plumbing systems within an average home, the plumber only needs to consider the needs of a handful (or less) of people. On the contrary, large commercial buildings require much higher plumbing system demands.
Commercial Plumbing Requires:
- Need To Withstand More Abuse
- Need To Withstand Much More Usage (hundreds of people using daily rather than a few)
- More/Larger Pipes
- Bigger/More Heavy Duty Piping
- Need For Greater Water Pressure
In addition to the increased demand required of plumbing systems within large commercial buildings, the quantity and complexity of these plumbing tasks increases significantly. Image a shopping center, or a large office building. These buildings require many more toilets, bathrooms, sinks, kitchens, etc. and may come with more complex parts/fixtures.
Common Residential Plumbing Needs/Calls:
- Pipe Blockage/Backups (sinks, toilets, tubs)
- Hot Water Heater Repairs or Installations
- Clogged Drains
- Residential Boiler and Furnace Repair
- Burst Pipes
- Water Leaks
- Toilet Plumbing
- Pipe Repairs From Roots
Common Commercial Plumbing Needs/Calls:
- Mainline Sewer, Water, Gas Repairs
- Large Boiler System Repairs or Replacement
- Commercial Heating System Installation
- Complex Line Snaking
- Grease Removal In Restaurants
- Large Scale Drain Cleaning
For the most part, if your plumber is extensively trained, they will likely be able to tackle a number of projects in varying sizes. However, when you are looking to hire a plumbing company for your commercial building, you may want to make sure they specifically have experience in doing commercial plumbing jobs. Your commercial plumber will have experience using tools needed for commercial fixtures, pipes, etc., they will be well-versed in code requirements, and have the capacity to handle large scale projects.
The plumbers at Kulk’s Plumbing & Heating are fully licensed and insured for residential and commercial plumbing services; no job is too big or too small. In need of a commercial plumber? Give us a call today!