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Learning the Difference Between Residential and Commercial Plumbing

Residential and Commercial: What’s the Difference?

Plumbing systems are intricate works of art regardless of where they are installed. Still, there are notable differences between residential and commercial plumbing systems. One could argue that the two are similar because they provide the same service. This might be true in some cases, but typically, commercial plumbing systems tend to be more complex and contain more fixtures than residential plumbing. That is one of the most common differences, but there are a few more worth remembering. 

Homeowners will benefit from the following information because it will teach them a little about their system and its place in the plumbing world.

The Scale of the Work


Perhaps the most obvious difference between residential and commercial plumbing is the size and scale of the work and the system itself. Compared to residential plumbing systems, commercial systems are massive. Not only do they require more copper piping and fixtures than residential properties, but the layout of the system itself tends to be more intricate. As a result, installation is far more intensive and typically requires a few trained professionals to get the job done on time. 

Here are a few other common differences:

  • Commercial plumbers must abide by the schedule they are given. Any delays at all could cost the company money. 
  • Must be able to work at night because commercial properties are busy during the day. 
  • Commercial plumbers tend to have a lot more mandatory or unscheduled overtime to make up for unforeseen obstacles. They also work more with sewer lines.

Structural and Building Complexity

Sure, both residential and commercial plumbing systems are complex and intricately installed. That is why it takes a trained professional to install them properly. However, the commercial system is far more complex for several reasons. 

Typically, commercial properties need the following fixtures: 

  • Large bathrooms with multiple stalls and sinks
  • Water fountains
  • Mop rooms
  • Locker rooms
  • Industrial dishwashers

Regarding the workers, commercial plumbers need experience in many different installation processes. Depending on the fixture, building layout, and other factors, the plumber might have more experience with one style of commercial property over another. 

Differences in Risk Factors

One of the main risk factors is timing. Commercial properties pose a risk of losing money if their plumbing system isn’t repaired on time. A major risk of commercial plumbing is time management. If the workers don’t manage their time wisely, they could cost the company thousands in business from merely missing one day of work. 


Naturally, the more complex a system is, the more risk factors there tend to be. The same holds for commercial properties. These complex systems have more components involved that could potentially break down, burst, or get installed incorrectly. Commercial plumbers must work together to ensure nothing is skipped over during commercial plumbing maintenance. One slip-up could result (again) in money loss for both the business and the plumbing company. 

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