The Ins and Outs of Commercial Plumbing

The Ins and Outs of Commercial Plumbing

You’re a business owner.  Your building needs plumbing facilities for your employees, your customers, and yourself.  When there’s an issue, or your need building’s facilities need an upgrade, you might think calling the plumber you call for a consultation at home is the best solution.  Not so!  A commercial plumber is the way to go.  Here’s how your business’ commercial plumbing differs from the residential plumbing in your home.  

Size

At home, your toilets, sinks, and showers are pretty much designed for use by only one person at a time.  Commercial facilities are much different.  They’re designed to be used on a much larger scale, by a greater number of people, and at a much higher frequency.  Commercial restrooms are typically supplied with multiple toilets, in stalls, and multiple sinks in side-by-side rows.  These restrooms must be set up in a  such a way that one clog or leak won’t shut down the entire multi-user facility.  Some businesses have multiple facilities on multiple floors, which adds further complexity to the building’s plumbing system.  The boiler, or boilers, which power this system can be quite large.

Industrial-Grade Fixtures and Equipment

Commercial appliances—such as urinals, electric hand dryers, and water fountains—are seldom seen in residential settings, but they are standard equipment in commercial plumbing systems.  Commercial systems have industrial grade pipes hidden away behind walls, in ceilings, and in floors.  If your business has an on-site wastewater treatment system, you may have a sewage lift station as well.

Problems

When plumbing problems occur in a residential household, they tend to be fairly simple:  Clogged toilets, leaky pipes, and improper installation of washing machine hoses are all common residential issues.  In commercial systems, the problems can be much more complex.  For example, in a medical facility, the water may not stay consistently hot enough to meet local health codes.  This could be an issue with the water heater itself (it’s not powerful enough to meet the daily water usage demands), or perhaps an issue with heat loss somewhere along the water lines.  Even a seemingly minor plumbing issue like a clogged drain can become a huge headache in a commercial setting.  It might mean the difference between a restaurant passing health inspection, or closing down for repairs.  A qualified commercial plumber will be able to diagnose and repair the issue.

So, what exactly is it that makes a commercial plumber different than a residential plumber?  A commercial plumber needs to have extensive knowledge of commercial plumbing and septic system codes.  A good commercial plumber must be available after hours and on weekends, as well as have emergency availability, as dictated by the severity of the problem and your business’ need.  We here at Synergy Service of Nashville have the know-how, the experience, and the desire to help with all your commercial plumbing needs.  Call us today for more information.