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3 Differences Between Commercial and Home Plumbing Systems

Monday, June 15th, 2015 at 11:00 am

In some ways, commercial plumbing differs little from the plumbing you use at home. There are pipes, there are faucets and fixtures, and there’s a need for both hot and cold water on demand. But beyond the fundamentals, the two types both respond to vastly different needs. A good plumbing service should be able to respond to both types of plumbing, and that starts with knowing the differences between commercial and home plumbing systems. Here in Olympia, WA, that distinction can determine how successful your plumbers are at doing the job assigned to them. Here are some key differences between the two types of system that you should be aware of.


Home plumbing systems usually just have a handful of people they must cater to, necessitating perhaps three or four toilets and sinks at the most, two showers or bathtubs and a scattering of sprinklers and outdoor fixtures. Commercial endeavors – whether restaurants, warehouses or office complexes – need to handle the plumbing needs of hundreds or even thousands of people in the course of a day.

Multiple Floors

Along those lines, commercial plumbing systems need to operate on more than one or two floors. Not only does that mean more fixtures placed in multiple locations, but the attendant pipes and structure to fully support them. Physics gets more intimately involved, since gravity and other natural forces need to be accounted for on higher floors.

Increased Complexity

The complexity of a commercial system creates different problems, as well as a different approach to solving them. Commercial plumbers need to be on their game when facing such problems, as well as being aware of different civic codes and the way commercials systems need to adhere to them.

If you have a commercial plumbing problem, you want a service with the experience to handle it properly, not lump it in with residential issues. The experts at Brooks Plumbing are standing by to help you, so give us a call today!



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