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Understanding Industrial Plumbing and What Your Industrial Plumber Can Do for You

25 February 2022

Many are familiar with residential plumbing services, but keeping it operating properly is a more complex issue if you have a commercial system. They are often larger and made to last longer, but when they break, you need someone who specialises in commercial systems and can prevent downtime and possible property damage. Let’s see how a commercial plumber differs from a residential one.


Size and Complexity of the System

The stresses on a commercial plumbing system are much greater than that of a residential system because of the number of outlets and people using it. The quality of materials used in commercial plumbing systems is made to reduce the potential for strain and pressure that can break pipes and cause damage. Another way that commercial systems differ from residential ones is that they are often on multiple floors with multiple fixtures.

Probability of Damage

When a break occurs in a residential system, the amount of water involved and potential for damage is less than in commercial facilities. If a pipe breaks in a commercial system, it can cause water damage to electrical systems, computer systems, files, furniture, and other building systems. This makes the potential for damage and loss exponentially larger. That is why it is important to have a plumber who understands these systems and can work quickly to limit potential loss and damage.


Different Knowledge and Equipment

Working on large commercial systems requires different equipment and a different skill set. One example of this is drain snaking. In a residential home, the equipment needed is often much smaller than that used in commercial buildings. Also, it can be more difficult to track down where a clog has occurred so that it can be cleared without causing further damage and potential loss of property.


Ability to Work with Other Contractors

The plumber must often work with other contractors and coordinate work to complete the plumbing on schedule to keep a renovation project on track. Residential plumbers often work alone or may work with a limited number of contractors on a renovation or new home build. Commercial plumbers must be able to stick to a tight schedule and must often be willing to perform work after hours, on weekends, or when there will not be heavy traffic in the building.

Commercial plumbing requires a different skill set than residential plumbing, and the stakes are often higher in terms of potential property loss and damage. That is why it is important to hire someone who is familiar with commercial systems and has the knowledge and experience to get your system back up and running again when you need it.

L & C Harding Plumbing are Master Plumbers who provide commercial plumbing services for businesses in Melbourne. We are licenced, registered, and work with some of the largest companies in Melbourne. We specialise in backflow testing, sheet metal fabrication, and general commercial plumbing services. We follow all OH & S standards and use the latest technology. Our staff is highly trained, experienced, and accredited. Contact us for your commercial plumbing needs.