To a certain extent, plumbing is plumbing, and essentially, there are no major differences between residential plumbing repairs and commercial plumbing repairs. They both fulfill the same function, and they both involve the use of similar materials.
Even so, there are a few distinctions, the most significant being the following 3:
- Size. The first difference is the size of commercial plumbing repairs. Often, there are a lot more outlets and pipes in a commercial building than in a home. An office building has to provide sinks and toilets for both its employees and its customers. The fixtures, fittings and piping systems therefore have to cope with much more demand than a residential plumbing system.
- Variety of Problems. With residential repairs, a plumber tends to encounter the same basic issues. On the other hand, commercial plumbers have to address a much broader range of problems that require an understanding of many solutions. They need to be prepared for malfunctions that might never occur in a residential environment, and therefore need to be up to speed with commercial building codes.
- Multiple Floors. Usually, residential work entails a maximum of 2 or 3 floors. However, commercial plumbing repairs are likely to take place on potentially dozens of floors, all of which have toilets, sinks, kitchens, and the like. And, because gravity plays a big role in the functioning of pipes, water pressure is very important in buildings with multiple floors.
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