Residential and Commercial Plumbing: Key Differences
Most people have experienced plumbing problems at some point in their life. But when it comes to plumbing services, is a residential plumber capable of fixing commercial plumbing issues — and vice versa? Does a commercial plumber require more training than a residential plumber?
The difference between a residential and a commercial plumber basically boils down to knowledge, expertise, and experience. Although they may use the same set of tools, materials, and perform the same basic functions, both work differently and have a distinct specialty/different focus.
Here is a list of the key differences between a residential and a commercial plumber:
- Complexity of Plumbing Issues – Unlike a residential plumber who commonly encounters limited(i.e. more basic) plumbing issues, a commercial plumber covers a wider range of problems that usually require a greater deal of experience and training. Plumbers who cater to commercial clients have a deeper knowledge and are prepared for complex problems that are less common in a residential setting.
- Strict Health Requirements – Most business establishments need to observe laws and maintain a higher level of cleanliness to protect the health of employees and customers using their washrooms. A bad plumbing system can be the root cause of mould and mildew growth or an insect infestation in a building. Therefore, a commercial plumber understands health care codes to assure a building meets the established standard of cleanliness.
- Pipes and Fixtures – Since commercial buildings have more floors than a house, a commercial plumber works on a larger plumbing system consisting of far more pipes and fixtures than in a home with fewer stories.
- Work Times – Most residential plumbers operate during normal business hours. While there may be contractors that offer emergency services, additional charges may incur during off-hours. Commercial plumbers often have to work when a business is closed.
Most commercial plumbers frequently operate 24/7 and offer emergency plumbing services. When a certain problem needs to be fixed within 24 hours, it has to be completed within the given timeframe.
Both types of plumbers can deal with everyday plumbing issues, depending on their field of expertise. If you own or manage a commercial property, make sure to hire a team with the proper training to handle your plumbing needs. Please call Abbey Plumbing & Mechanical at (905) 822-0521 to learn more about our services.