Commercial Vs. Residential Plumbing

Many people assume that plumbing is plumbing and that there is little difference between commercial plumbing jobs and residential plumbing jobs. After all, its all jut water and piping. What could be the so different about plumbing in an office building vs. a home? And while it is true that there are many similarities in both technique and design, there are important differences between commercial plumbing and residential plumbing that need to be understood. Let’s take a look.

Difference Between Commercial and Residential Plumbing

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The main difference between commercial and residential plumbing is the size of the systems and the number of people they are designed to serve. A residential plumbing system is designed to handle the needs of only a few people throughout the day. A commercial plumbing system, such as those in a modern office building, are far more complex. An office building often has multiple stories of pipes, bathrooms, faucets, water heaters and sewage lines that all have to work in concert to avoid a failure.

Equipment, Knowledge and liability differences

Another important difference between commercial and residential plumbing is the knowledge and tools required to work on each. Commercial plumbing systems are large and complex and often utilize plumbing parts that an ordinary house does not. Some of these parts include industrial grade pipes and fixtures that require special tools, techniques and experience to work on safely. The complexity of commercial plumbing mean that mistakes or sloppy design can result in code violations and costly damages.

What to consider before choosing a commercial plumber in Reno

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Is your plumber a licensed professional?

Now that you have an idea of what the differences are between residential and commercial plumbing, its time to consider what to look for when choosing a plumber in Reno.

  1. Does the plumber have a license?

This is by far the most important thing to consider. Plumbing is a profession. It is not learned overnight and the fact that plumbers play such a critical role in the safety of our drinking water means that they have to follow and be aware of a tangle of rules, codes and regulations. If the plumber is not licensed for the scope of the work that they are being hired to do, consider finding a licensed commercial plumbing company.

  1. Does the plumber have experience with the type of plumbing you are hiring them for?

Unfortunately, a license doesn’t mean that someone is competent (just think about all the car accidents caused by licensed drivers, for example). Before choosing a commercial plumbing service, do some research on their services and check out reviews. Ask them if they have ever had experience in a commercial plumbing setting. The last thing you want is a plumber who has more experience unclogging drains than working with the heavy duty equipment on an industrial plumbing job.

  1. How does the plumbing company present itself?

Does the company strive for a professional look and conduct itself in a professional manner? Do they return your calls in a reasonably prompt manner? Do they have a website?  Now, this doesn’t mean that you should be checking the shine of their shoes and critiquing wear and tear to equipment that comes with plumbing work. Just make sure that they company or plumber is operating in a way that is appropriate for a professional.

Commercial Plumbing with Johnson Plumbing in Reno

Whether you need residential plumbing or commercial plumbing, the expert plumbing team at Johnson Plumbing has the skills and credentials to get the job done. Not all plumbers are created equal. Trust the professionals at Johnson Plumbing. Contact us today!

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