What is Commercial Plumbing?

For commercial businesses, high-rise offices, hotels, housing developments, malls, and other large-scale buildings, the plumbing system experiences a higher use than most residential homes. These systems require frequent and regular maintenance to ensure that the system is running efficiently.

A plumbing issue in a commercial space would impact large amounts of people. Working with complex water supply systems, health codes, and the increased wear and tear of the system, commercial plumbers are also responsible for:

  • General maintenance
  • Replacement and new installations
  • Cleaning of drains

At LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing, the commercial department executes projects for premium wineries, hi-tech companies, leading manufacturing firms, and public facilities.

What’s The Difference Between Residential and Commercial Plumbing?

While residential and commercial plumbers undergo training to develop the skills and knowledge required to perform plumbing services effectively, their specializations and experience vary. Residential plumbers focus on home leaks, clogs, and installations, while commercial plumbers work on larger, more sophisticated systems specific to a buildings’ codes and regulations.

5 Main Differences Between Residential and Commercial Plumbing

Job Volume

In a commercial space, hundreds of people use the sinks, toilets, showers, and more daily. Not only do commercial buildings require more plumbing fixtures than residential buildings, but there is also an increased level of wear and tear on the system.

Due to increased usage of plumbing systems, the commercial spaces require additional maintenance and highly durable pipes and fixtures. This helps reduce the strain on the system and prevent breakdowns. The scope of work in commercial buildings is much bigger and affects more people.


Small leaks in residences are easier to spot and easier to fix. With the possibility of multiple floors and additional plumbing fixtures, leaks in commercial buildings might be missed leading to unnecessary water waste.

Our plumbing contractors are well-versed in code and permit requirements for various commercial installations, including wineries, and experienced in the service and maintenance of complex, large-scale plumbing systems.

Specialized Tools and Equipment

While all plumbing professionals need tools like wrenches, safety gear, plungers, snakes, etc., to perform their maintenance and repairs, commercial plumbing requires specialized tools for projects. This includes:

  • Large drain cleaners
  • Jetter
  • Wet/Dry Vac
  • Inspection Camera and Locator
  • Standard Press Tool and Attachments

Our plumbers at LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing are experienced and equipped to hand any problem with commercial plumbing systems from warehouses to hi-tech industries.

Increased Risk and Regulations

Clean plumbing and proper sanitation are crucial for the health of our community. To maintain plumbing systems, plumbers are at risk of exposure to hazardous materials, chemicals, biohazards, sewage, and more.

When choosing a local commercial plumbing company, it is important to work with one familiar with the different codes, permits, and regulations for your area and industry. There are strict health code laws that pertain to the plumbing system for some commercial buildings like restaurants.

Work Hours

Residential plumbing companies usually operate on a standard 8-hour workday, 5-day work week with the exception of emergencies. If you’re looking for residential plumbing repairs, we offer plumbing services on Saturdays at the same rate as weekdays and are always available for emergency plumbing repairs 24/7.

For commercial buildings, plumbing problems can impact businesses and a large number of people around. Commercial plumbers often have irregular work schedules working on nights, weekends, and holidays or whenever the building is not in use to minimize the inconvenience. Since commercial plumbing jobs are larger and more complex, they often take several days and require plumbers to have a more flexible schedule.

Whether it is expansions, repairs, replacements, or new installation, if you are looking for a commercial plumbing company in Sonoma County, contact us today!