Being a great business owner means knowing when to delegate, and generally, being a great business owner may not have anything to do with knowing how to solve plumbing problems. No matter what kind of business you own, it is a good idea to find a commercial plumber you can trust because, at some point, you are going to need emergency plumbing services to keep your business operational, and you don’t want to be looking for a commercial plumber under those circumstances.
When you are looking for a plumber, make sure you focus your search on someone who has training and expertise in commercial plumbing. Maintaining and replacing plumbing in a commercial building is totally different than residential jobs. These buildings are often constructed differently, from the way the foundation is laid to the type of framing to the HVAC system. A commercial plumber will understand the technical aspects of your building and have special tools to get the job done right.
Here are just a few of the differences that your commercial building may have:
- Larger total water volume
- Larger water capacities and size requirements
- Specialized appliances that use water (like commercial dishwashers, ice machines, and more)
- More plumbing (more bathrooms, more sinks, etc.)
Different types of businesses have very different requirements, so it may be a good idea to ask a commercial plumber you are considering for the job how much experience they have with your specific type of business. Restaurant plumbing needs are very different than school plumbing needs. Annual maintenance and inspections are also a good idea for commercial buildings. These inspections will save you money in the long run by finding and fixing problems before they cause serious damage.