What is Commercial Plumbing?

Commercial plumbing is a specialised field in plumbing that works mainly on commercial establishments’ including maintenance, repairs, and installation activities. At first glance, the scope of work of commercial plumbing is similar to residential plumbing. Many then start to wonder, can a residential plumber do the job of a commercial plumber? Though there are similarities in the scope of work, residential and commercial plumbing still has a huge difference.

Why is commercial plumbing different to residential plumbing?

There are four differences between commercial and residential plumbing and they are described as follows:

Job Volume

Though commercial plumbers can do all types of services such as commercial plumbing repairs, installation and maintenance, commercial and residential plumbing service have differences. The most common difference of commercial plumbing over residential plumbing is the job volume. Since commercial establishments are designed with different plumbing systems and have multiple floors, the volume of problems that may arise is very high. Unlike in residential homes, mostly, it only consists of a maximum of 2 floors.

Problem complexity

Plumbing-related problems are indeed complex to understand by nature. But the level of complexity can triple in commercial plumbing due to the numerous pipes interconnected to one floor to another and different plumbing systems involve. These plumbing systems range from industrial grade boilers, sewer, and pipes. Another factor that has an impact on the complexity of the problem is the number of users. Since there are more people coming in and out of the establishment every single day, the chances of plumbing fixtures and pipes getting worn out are high. Residential home plumbing problems can also be complicated. But due to its lesser number of plumbing lines, pipes, and fixtures most plumbers consider it as a basic issue.

Using specialised tools and equipment

A plumber couldn’t fix anything without reliable tools at hand. The tools and equipment are almost the same, particularly for general plumbing jobs such as unclogging the sink or toilet. Some of these tools are:

  • Plungers
  • Sink Snakes
  • Heat tapes and heaters (for frozen pipes)
  • Toilet Augers
  • Faucet Packing and Washers

This will change if the problem requires jobs such as groundwork, overhaul, testing, and inspections. These jobs require heavy machinery or power tools to properly deliver the job. Here are some of the tools required for commercial plumbing installation service:

  • Generators
  • Tile Saws
  • Industrial Wet Dry Vacuums
  • Cutting and drilling tools
  • Pipe Vises and Support
  • Pipe Cutting tool (for plastic, steel, stainless and copper)
  • Pipe Bevelling

Working hours

Last on the list is the working hours. Most plumbing companies in Australia have normal working hours of 9 AM to 5 PM. But commercial plumbers have more of a tendency to work outside the normal working hours. This is mainly because of the owners/administrator of commercial establishments wishes. They prefer to schedule the plumbing maintenance or repairs after the normal working hours to avoid inconvenience to their customers/employee.

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What is commercial plumbing scope of work?

The simpler way to know what is commercial plumbing all about is by identifying its scope of work. A commercial plumber offers the following services:

  • General maintenance (repair, piping and installation services)
  • Replacement of the entire establishment’s plumbing system
  • Clearing of blocked stormwater drains and sewers
  • Water Supply System (Installation, maintenance, and repair)
  • Drinking water lines (installation and maintenance)
  • Backflow prevention system (Installation, maintenance, and repair)
  • Fire system (installation, maintenance, and repair)
  • Clean-Up

How to identify a reliable commercial plumber?

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to identify good plumber to handle all the commercial plumbing systems. The best thing that everyone can do is observe the commercial plumber during the consultation period. Here are the things that you must look at to find the best commercial plumber for your establishment:

  • Choose a commercial plumber that offer services from checkups, inspections, diagnostics, installations, upgrades, system maintenance, up to the clean-up. This will save you money and time from coordinating to different contractors.
  • Choose a commercial plumber who knows and applies the latest plumbing codes and requirements needed for each job (both national and local code).
  • Choose a commercial plumber who always prioritises safety measures.

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