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Differences Between Residential and Commercial Plumbing

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

Many individuals and business owners never think to give the differences between a residential and commercial plumber much thought: Here's what you need to know.

Commercial plumbing equipment for excavation
Commercial plumbing equipment for excavation

It is assumed that the tasks are essentially the same, which is true. The difference often arises due to the level of complexity found in commercial buildings. These differences are enough to create two separate areas of expertise. While a company may provide residential services, it may not provide commercial. This is due to the higher pressures of maintenance, repair, and code enforcement involved in commercial property.

Pipes and Fixtures

Residential and commercial plumbing involves the same basics. This includes piping and outlets that allow for proper functioning toilets and sinks. While most homes have one or two bathrooms, a commercial property may have two to four bathrooms per floor that often involve more than one toilet and sink. Many commercial buildings offer separate employee bathrooms from public bathrooms as well. This requires careful considerations in piping and fixture size, durability, and grading.

Overall Complexity

When an issue in your plumbing happens at your residence, it impacts a small number of people. In a commercial property, this number includes employees, clients, and visitors. This drives a higher need for the situation to be handled quickly and efficiently. When a problem such as a burst pipe happens in a residential property, the damage can be better contained. In a commercial property, there is the risk of damage impacting several floors throughout the building.

The Difference Requires Experience

While the basic idea of plumbing demands is similar in residential and commercial properties, the differences lay in the complexity. Commercial properties can be much more complicated. A residential plumber may experience the same issues on a day-to-day basis whereas a commercial plumber may see something new every day. Both services require experience in handling their unique situations. The Trenchless Guys have worked hard to be able to provide both residential and commercial plumbing services. Contact us to learn more about what we can do.

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