Commercial plumbing means the installation and maintenance of waste removal, water supply and other plumbing systems for a business or commercial housing complex. Generally, commercial plumbing is more complicated and takes longer than general house plumbing. This is because commercial properties generally have multiple bathrooms and fountains that your average household.
Commercial plumbers are great because they have an extensive range of knowledge in the installation and maintenance of waste removal/water supply systems. They also need to have experience implementing and maintaining:
- metal roofing
- trade water systems
- water lines
- sewerage lines
- sprinkler systems
- commercial drain leaks
- burst pipe
- kitchen repairs; and
- bathroom fixture repairs
Commercial Plumbing Is Intensive Work
As I previously mentioned your average commercial property has multiple bathrooms, kitchens, fountains and other plumbing systems than your average household. This is especially true for shopping centres who have multiple different cafes and restaurants set up inside.
Installing, repairing and maintaining the plumbing systems present is very complex. Especially if they have not previously handled the plumbing in that complex before. Procedures that are rare for houses such as CCTV inspections and jet blasting become common tools used for commercial properties due to the complex systems.
Plumbing Needs To Be Installed From The Underground Up
When a new business is being developed there are several jobs that plumbers are needed for. Installing the water supply and waste lines are some of these responsibilities. In the setup process, it is often necessary to excavate trenches and do other underground work to connect the buildings line to the local water supply. Similar to what you would with electricity.
In this process, an experienced plumber is required as the system needs to be free of any contamination.
After the underground plumbing has been connected your plumber will be able to start working inside. This part of the job is entirely based on your requirements in building a commercial property. If you need 6 toilets than the plumber will install that amount. This applies to all of the plumbing requirements such as sinks, toilets fountains and fire sprinklers.
Maintaining Commercial Plumbing
After the plumbing has been installed many businesses forget about the maintenance work. Despite this maintenance is the most important part of a plumbers job. As a business, being reactive and waiting for a problem to occur will lead to many issues. Some of which may require full excavation if they aren’t identified early.
As part of the maintenance process, we ensure your pipes are free from grease, wet wipes and other foreign objects. Many hotels and restaurants, in particular, require regularly jet blasting services and special installations that prevent such blockages. Some of the other tasks done in general maintenance include:
- Running plumbing fixtures such as sinks and toilets to make sure that the water isn’t draining slowly or too cold/hot
- Checking the pressure gauge to ensure the water pressure is where it should be
- Checking for signs of leaks or damage
- Checking all shutoff valves to ensure they operate correctly
- Ensuring the water heater is running at the correct temperature
- Checking the property to ensure there is no risk of backflow into the building
Safety Is The Priority
Plumbing can be dangerous at times with commercial plumbing being even more so. For this reason, the plumber needs to be experienced and trained to ensure any potential risks are mitigated.
The plumber also has to be familiar with health and regulation codes for commercial establishments. An example of this is when a plumber is checking water lines they need to be familiar with these codes to ensure the lines meet current regulations.
As an emergency plumber, The Brisbane Plumbers are used to being called in emergencies. If you are faced with a plumbing emergency in your commercial property we are able to help. The Brisbane Plumbers are available from Monday to Sunday, 24/7/365. We guarantee a 60 minute response time and provide upfront fixed costs. Call us now at 0450 932 850.