We have all had plumbing problems at some point, whether faced with a clogged drain, leaky pipes, or a dripping faucet. And it is reasonable to assume that a plumber that can fix these issues at your home can also fix them at your office, right? It’s actually more complicated than that. There are crucial differences between residential and commercial plumbers that are important to note when choosing who to hire.
What is Commercial Plumbing?
Commercial Plumbing involves the installation and maintenance of extensive waste removal and water supply systems for a variety of businesses, large housing complexes, and public spaces. The plumbing work is extensive and sophisticated, and much more demanding than residential plumbing, which deals with services for the home including water, drain, and sewer lines, water heaters, and other plumbing-related fixtures. Even the tools that a commercial plumber uses are different!
Why Commercial Plumbing Jobs Demand a Commercial Plumber
If you are looking for a plumbing professional for your commercial property, you should not be hiring a residential plumber. Residential plumbers are not equipped to work on commercial grade projects and are not experienced in working around the needs and schedule of businesses. Here are the top differences that set commercial plumbers apart:
- Scope of Work. Commercial plumbing is extensive and large in scope. Commercial plumbers work on large boilers, site sewer lines, lift stations, and plumbing used by industrial equipment. A lot of the work is more repetitive than residential plumbing because it is done in large commercial spaces or plants where the same equipment is used for many applications.
- Availability. Commercial plumbing is more schedule oriented. Work often takes place any time of the day, including weekends and holidays, to accommodate the needs of the business. Projects need to be done within a specific time frame as more people depend on it, and delays can lead to losses. Residential plumbers typically work a standard 8-hour workday, 5 days a week (excluding emergencies).
- Stricter Job Requirements. Commercial plumbing is often subject to more testing and inspection than residential plumbing. Inspectors across different entities may be part of the approval process This is another reason why the work schedule is so critical to getting the job done.
- Insurance Considerations. The liability insurance coverages required to work in a commercial setting are higher than residential limits and business owners need to be sure they are insulated from risk of loss.
When it comes to hiring a plumber to repair or maintain a commercial space, it is important to remember that not all plumbers are created equal. Commercial plumbers have the training, knowledge, and experience to handle the extensive and sophisticated work involved with commercial properties. They also work around the needs of businesses, so work is not disrupted during the business day. Residential plumbers are not well-equipped to handle commercial grade jobs and typically work a standard business day.
Total has been providing full service commercial plumbing services to businesses in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach since 1970. We offer a lower-than-average service call fee, competitive hourly rates, and emergency service. Our licensed plumbers are fully trained to work with commercial equipment and can handle all of your commercial plumbing needs.