Differentiating Commercial and Residential Plumbing

Commercial and residential plumbing are always listed as separate fields. If you look at the services of local plumbing companies such as All Hours Plumbing and HVAC, you’ll see for yourself. It’s not something a lot of people understand, however. Whether there’s a massive difference regarding component specifications, tools, or a plumber’s skills, it’s not clear — until now.

‘Distinguishing Marks’

Contrary to popular belief, there is quite a difference between commercial and residential plumbing. The biggest difference lies in which fixtures are installed/used and how. For instance, a standard floor-mounted home toilet can be used in commercial buildings without a problem. But this type of toilet may take up a lot of space, which could be an issue for many public toilets. The alternative is a wall-hung toilet.

Wall hung toilets differ because installation requires a closet carrier. This component goes behind the wall, and its job is to support the toilet and the person in it. On the other hand, plumbers install floor-mounted toilets to a closet flange. Residential plumbers aren’t always familiar with closet carriers, which is why wall-hung toilets are almost always for commercial usage. That said, only commercial plumbers can appropriately deal with wall-hung fixtures due to their configuration.

Commercial establishments see more people on an average day. These people aren’t likely to treat the plumbing with care as they would at home. This calls for fixtures designed for heavy-duty. What this means is that residential plumbers deal with more ‘personalized’ plumbing solutions that don’t need much reinforcement. Whereas commercial plumbers have to make sure that public toilets and the piping that connects them can withstand heavy use — not to mention occasional misuse.

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Whether commercial or residential plumbers use different tools is self-explanatory. Commercial plumbers are likely to require heavy-duty (power tools, even) to get the job done. This is due to the nature of the systems they install and maintain. For residential plumbers, they have little reason to bring out the big guns unless they’re the last resort.