Not all plumbers are the same.
There are two types of plumbing services that you may need depending on where the issue is (and often by virtue, how complicated it is): domestic plumbing and commercial plumbing.
While all plumbers deal with leaks, clogged toilets, and burst pipes, commercial plumbing is much more complicated as it usually involves larger and more complex plumbing systems. Think facilities like high rise buildings, apartment complexes, and dental clinics.
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What is the difference between commercial and domestic plumbing?
Commercial plumbing is as essential as domestic plumbing as everyone needs safe and healthy running water to use, regardless of whether they are at home or at their place of work.
If you’re looking for a plumber, it is good to know the difference between commercial and domestic types, so you have a clear picture of the capabilities of each, as well as the typical scope of the work that’s required (more on that below!).
Another difference is the time of day work is delivered. In some cases, you commercial plumber can schedule maintenance around busy periods, so as not to disturb customers or employers.
Most domestic plumbing jobs don’t require such strict scheduling; in many cases, “When would you like us to attend?” is answered with “As soon as possible!”
Commercial plumbing is also subject to more strict regulations, including building codes, routine inspections, and testing. It also relies on building permits and approvals for the plumbers to work; that’s why a professional plumber should always do any required plumbing work and nobody should attempt anything DIY.
Difference #1: Scope of the work
More often than not, residential homes contain a relatively simple plumbing system, especially when compared to the complicated nature of commercial plumbing systems.
For example, think of all the functions required in different rooms or parts of the following commercial facilities:
- Healthcare facilities
- Restaurants and cafes
- Shopping centres and retail stores
- New commercial developments
- Office buildings
Many commercial plumbing works, particularly for new construction, require in depth planning and execution. We can work closely with other trades including architects and builders to ensure each facet of your plumbing is carefully considered and accommodated for.
A good example to illustrate a deeper or more challenging scope of work for a commercial property would be a dental clinic. Your clinic must meet strict and highly regulated regulations to ensure it remains safe, operational, and compliant. There is a noticeable shortage of expertise within the dental plumbing industry; not all plumbers can offer in-depth dental plumbing work.
Is commercial plumbing a hard job?
Commercial plumbing usually includes a variety of different types of toilets, sinks, and pipes. Just think of a commercial office building in Melbourne’s CBD: multiple floors, each with their own set of bathrooms (and even kitchens). It can certainly become challenging to manage!
Commercial plumbers in Bayside understand the job’s complexity; that’s why you need to choose a licensed and experienced commercial plumber to work with your system.
The extent and size of commercial plumbing also requires more outlets and pipes than the plumbing design of a domestic system.
Commercial facilities will need to provide a large number of parts to different customers and staff; the scope of the work of a commercial plumber goes far beyond domestic plumbing work.
Difference #2: A different plumbing approach
Commercial plumbers in Melbourne can work in various commercial, industrial, and factory settings.
As you would expect, such work can disrupt operations.
That’s why in many cases, commercial plumbers will work to minimise distractions, during times where customers and employees alike are not present. We work around your schedule to minimise disruptions and keep your facility running as it should, as much as possible.
Scheduling in domestic plumbing is usually a lot easier. We just need to find a time that suits our plumber as well as the homeowner, and we’ll be at your doorstep at the arranged time!
Both commercial and residential plumbers do valuable work. But often, commercial plumbers have the knowledge, expertise, and high-tech professional equipment that differs from residential plumbing.
Difference #3: Repairs and maintenance
Domestic plumbers will often be in direct communication with the homeowner for any domestic plumbing repairs.
However, for commercial plumbing maintenance, commercial plumbers will often be in touch with the building administrator or the property managers and not directly to the people who use the facilities, like employees, students, residents, or visitors.
Commercial buildings are also tied with large insurance policies related to any commercial maintenance work which can change how the plumbers communicate and carry out their work.
Is commercial plumbing harder than residential?
Plumbing systems in commercial buildings are often described as having a more complex system compared to domestic plumbing systems.
Commercial plumbers in Brighton need to deal with the plumbing challenges surrounding a high-rise design for:
- Drainage systems
- Controlled water pressure
- Slab leaks
- Consistent heating systems
- Flushing water lines
Need a commercial plumber in Melbourne?
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Watermaster Plumbing is both a domestic and commercial plumbing service that conducts regular plumbing inspections, detecting any plumbing issues that may sometimes go unnoticed.
Our team of expert commercial plumbers in Bentleigh can look over your commercial facility.
We don’t just help you with your plumbing problems, we also help you plan, install, and maintain your commercial plumbing system if you’re renovating or expanding your business practices.
We work closely with project managers, property developers, and other trades people to provide the best plumbing solutions for your commercial facility, for: