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Residential vs. Commercial Plumbing

When you have a flood at your home or office, your first thought is that you need fast help from a plumber. What you might not be considering is that there are some significant differences between residential plumbing and commercial plumbing; however, it is equally crucial that you only trust a licensed plumber when you need repairs, service, or an installation at your home or commercial property. You know that any licensed plumber has completed countless hours of study, hands-on training, and an apprenticeship to proudly earn that license.

The Life of a Residential Plumber

For the most part, residential plumbers deal with a few common issues, including clogged drains and toilets, leaking water lines, and the occasional sewer line damage or obstruction. One residential plumber can visit half a dozen or more homes each day. Over the course of these many visits and repairs, he or she develops a sixth sense or expertise in diagnosing residential plumbing problems.

Commercial Plumbers Daily Routine

While some of the issues a commercial plumber handles are similar to those of his residential counterpart, they are often on a much larger scale. The clogged toilet is in a high-rise building, or the leaking water line creates a problem for dozens of apartments in a complex, and he or she could spend days completing a single project at a large building or facility.

What Adds Complexity To Commercial Plumbing?

There are several factors that take commercial plumbing to a more complex level than even the largest private homes, including:

  • The sheer size of a commercial plumbing system is massive compared to a house, and not only is the system larger but so are the components. Pipes are larger and the water pressure is exponentially higher in a commercial setting. With both of those comes a substantial increase in capacity, there areĀ  simply no small commercial plumbing leaks.
  • The potential for damage in a commercial environment is also much more significant than in a residential home. Water from a single leaking pipe in a commercial building can leak down several floors creating water damage on each level. And a single burst pipe can drench 20 or more floors and cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage in a matter of minutes.
  • Health concerns are even greater in commercial settings because of companies being expected to provide healthy and safe environments for their employees. They are required to meet strict codes and safety standards that are monitored by government agencies. If a commercial property fails to meet these health and safety codes, they can be forced to close their doors.

At Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drains, our trained professionals have the skills, knowledge, and licenses needed to repair any plumbing issues, regardless of their complexity. We know that our residential and commercial clients are placing their trust in our expertise. We will be there for each customer any time they call us at 952-209-9329.

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