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Differences Between Commercial and Residential Plumbing

The Differences Between Commercial and Residential Plumbing

Although the same fundamentals of plumbing apply to both commercial and residential jobs, the truth is not all plumbing jobs are equal. The scope and requirements often become magnified for commercial jobs. Are you in need of plumbing assistance, but you’re not sure which category your issue falls under? Take a look at our list, outlining the differences between commercial and residential plumbing and let us know how we can help you!

Size of the Area

Commercial plumbing requires the servicing of a larger area. Businesses often have to provide sinks and bathrooms to not only their employees but to their customers as well. Going hand in hand with a larger overall size of a commercial area is the element of multiple floors. With the addition of multiple floors comes multiple bathrooms, sinks, break rooms, water fountains, etc. Water Pressure is also a bigger concern in buildings with multiple floors.

Greater Diversity of Issues

Although both residential and commercial plumbing share many of the same issues, commercial plumbers tend to deal with a wider variety of issues. In residential plumbing, a technician deals with a clog, leak, etc. in generally just one area of one’s home. In a commercial setting, it’s possible for similar issues to occur on multiple floors at once, which requires an extra amount of care and inspection.

Differences Between Commercial Plumbers Opposed to Residential:

Larger Project Certification

The commercial plumber can work on jobs a normal plumber would, however, they usually work on projects larger in scope. Commercial plumbers may also need special certification in some cities and states. Luckily, Schlueter Plumbing can handle both residential and commercial plumbing needs.

Commercial Plumbing More Schedule Oriented

Commercial plumbing often requires more testing and inspection than residential plumbing, which can sometimes become more labor exhaustive. However, commercial plumbing is more schedule and deadline oriented, as businesses often have to close until plumbing issues are alleviated. “Time is money” as they say, and often times due to these time-sensitive occurrences commercial plumbers must put in mandatory overtime to ensure an issue is completed on time.

Which Category Does Your Issue Fall Under?

Now that you’ve read about some of the differences between residential and commercial plumbing, have you decided where your issue falls? Check out our page detailing further residential and commercial services that we offer and contact us today to get a quote!

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