If you are in need of professional plumbing services in or around the city of Dallas, Texas, it may seem like hiring any professional plumbing company with skills, experience, and a good reputation should be sufficient to ensure that the plumbing services and repairs you receive are adequate for your needs. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Different plumbing companies specialize in different types of plumbing. Residential and commercial plumbing are the two main types of plumbing. Residential plumbing includes plumbing services performed in homes, whereas commercial plumbing involves plumbing systems in commercial buildings such as office buildings. Some plumbers specialize in residential plumbing, while others specialize in commercial plumbing—some plumbers even specialize in both residential and commercial plumbing. 

The differences between residential and commercial plumbing mean that many plumbers equipped with the skills and experience they need to perform one type of plumbing do not necessarily have the skills and experience they need to perform the other type of plumbing. If you need either residential or commercial plumbing services in the Dallas, Texas area, it is important to find a professional plumbing company or individual plumbing professional who specializes in the type of plumbing you require. Keep reading to learn more about 5 key differences between residential plumbing and commercial plumbing. 

  1. Complexity Differences 

Commercial plumbing systems tend to be more complex than residential plumbing systems—primarily because most commercial buildings are built on a larger scale than residential homes and are used more frequently by a larger number of people. 

The scope of work of commercial plumbing is also broader than that of residential plumbing. Most residential plumbers perform similar services all day long most days of the week, whereas many commercial plumbers have to deal with a wider variety of more complex plumbing problems on a regular basis.

  1. System Scale 

Commercial plumbing systems—such as the plumbing system in a multi-story office building—tend to be built on a much larger scale than residential plumbing systems—such as the plumbing system in a single-family home. 

Some commercial buildings have many stories, and special skills and equipment is required to effectively perform plumbing services on buildings with more than two or three stories. Because they are larger and are used more frequently by more people than residential plumbing systems, commercial plumbing systems sometimes require maintenance and repairs more frequently as well. 

  1. Equipment Durability 

Commercial plumbing in Dallas means there is a need to use equipment that is much more durable than that of most residential plumbers. While it is always good for any professional plumber to use high-quality, durable equipment, commercial plumbers have a greater need than residential plumbers for more durable equipment. 

This is primarily because most commercial plumbing systems are larger and get more use than residential plumbing systems. This means that the equipment that is used in commercial plumbing systems needs to be very durable in order to withstand more use without requiring frequent maintenance and repairs. 

  1. Leak Detection 

Leak detection can be a challenge for both residential and commercial plumbers. It can be difficult to find the source of a leak whether the leak is in a home or in an office building. 

However, detecting a leak in a large commercial building is much more difficult than detecting a leak of the same size in a single-family home. As such, commercial plumbing tends to require much more advanced leak detection skills than residential plumbing. 

  1. Policies and Communication 

When performing residential plumbing services, most residential plumbers only have to communicate with the owner of the home in which they are performing services—and potentially with the homeowner’s insurance company in cases where direct

communication with insurance is required. Commercial plumbers, on the other hand, need to be skilled at efficiently communicating with different property and office managers, insurance companies, etc. 

Plus, all of the work that commercial plumbers perform must meet the standards of specific policies and codes that are in place for commercial buildings. While residences have codes and standards to which professional residential plumbers must adhere as well, these standards are generally less demanding and less complex than those of commercial plumbers. For any of your commercial plumbing in Dallas, contact us at any time!