Plumbing is one of those things that you don’t give much thought to until you have water streaming down your hallway or your customer bathroom has blocked drains. Whether it’s residential or commercial, plumbing is one of the most necessary functions in our daily lives.
When you’re having a plumbing crisis, do you phone the first plumber’s phone number you find? Do you check to see if the company you’re phoning specialises in residential or commercial plumbing services? You may not be aware that residential and commercial plumbing have their differences. So we’re here to help you by answering some questions.
What is Commercial Plumbing?
Commercial plumbing refers to the plumbing inside commercial buildings. While it’s true that the basic plumbing fundamentals are the same, there’s a big difference between residential pipes and commercial pipes.
Plumbing systems in commercial buildings will be used more often and this requires more outlets and pipes than you’d ordinarily find in a residential building. For example, your home may have two or perhaps three bathrooms, whereas your office building may have five or more toilet and basin systems. At home you have one kitchen but at work your building contains more than one staff kitchen.
Other differences include:
- Strength, size, grading and general fixtures will be different on commercial pipes.
- Navigating the pipe layout through a commercial building isn’t the same as following the route of pipes in your home.
- Commercial buildings more often than not have several floors as well as multiple toilets and sinks.
For all these reasons it’s necessary to distinguish between a commercial plumber and residential plumber. Banjo Nominees, Melbourne’s top commercial plumbing contractors, are the experts in their field and specialise in commercial plumbing maintenance.
6 Functions of the Commercial Plumbing Maintenance Programme
When a commercial plumbing problem occurs, you obviously call for repairs immediately. There’s however a way to prevent these issues from happening in the first place.
Commercial plumbing maintenance refers to the process where the entire plumbing system is thouroughly inspected regularly, repaired if neccessary and cleaned.
Six functions included in the commercial plumbing mainenance programme are as follows:
- Drain and Sewerage: Having blocked drains or sewerage pipes in your office building can be very disruptive to your daily business. Blocked pipes are also costly to repair, so having them checked for blockages before disaster happens can only be beneficial.
- Backflow testing: This is a compulsory function according to the law regarding water hygiene and to prevent comtamination. Therefore it’s not something that can be taken lightly.
- Water Filters: For water to remain clean, and safe for drinking, water filters need to be changed on a regular basis.
- Thermostatic Mixing Valves: This function ensures that your water temperature is maintained correctly to prevent water being too hot when the taps are turned on.
- Guttering and Roofing: Maintaining the gutters and roofing areas prevents blockages of water pipes & drains.
- General Site Maintenance and Audits: Having a general audit on all your commercial pipes and drains will alert you to any problems potentially brewing in your plumbing system.
Benefits of Commercial Plumbing Maintenance
The three benefits of commercial plumbing maintenance are as follows:
- Timely leak detection: Water leaks could mean an increase in water bills and can indicate that a much bigger problem is developing. Maintenance will identify this problem before it escalates into a major burst.
- Reduce clogging: Blocked drains usually do not happen from one day to the next. They occur because of a build-up of debris or substances that slow down the usual drain flow. Early detection will get the unwanted substances or items out of the drains and pipes before blockage occurs.
- Increased lifespan: Pipes and fixtures could become damaged and need replacing when a major leak or blockage occur. Early detection prevents this from happening and also then increases the lifespan of your plumbing system.
When it comes to commercial plumbing maintenance, the old adage of “prevention is better than cure” really does ring true. No business owner wants the additional costs or inconvenience of business being disrupted by having to deal with blocked pipes and flooding drains.
Acknowledged as one of the foremost commercial plumbing companies in Melbourne, a Banjo Nominees contractor can resolve all your plumbing problems quickly and effectively.
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