Differences Between Commercial and Residential Plumbing

commercial plumbingWhile all master plumbers are licensed and possess extensive skills, knowledge, and experience, there are several critical distinctions between residential and commercial plumbing projects demanding different abilities. Generally, a residential plumber focuses on single-family homes or structures, whereas a commercial plumber works on retail buildings, multi-site portfolios, and large housing complexes. Below we highlight the main differences between the two and why you should call Addilan Group for all your commercial plumbing services.

What Is Residential Plumbing?

A residential plumber deals with services for a single home, including water, drain, and sewer line repair and maintenance. They also service water heaters and every plumbing-related fixture inside a home, like sinks, toilets, and faucets.

Standard residential plumbing needs include:

  • Pipe Blockage or Backups (sinks, toilets, tubs)
  • Hot Water Heater Repairs or Installations
  • Clogged Drains
  • Residential Boiler and Furnace Repair
  • Burst Pipes
  • Water Leaks
  • Toilet Plumbing
  • Pipe Repairs From Roots
  • Emergency Plumbing Services

What Is Commercial Plumbing?

Commercial plumbers work with complex faucets and pipe systems and the installation and maintenance of extensive waste removal and water supply systems in larger buildings. They cover many different forms of businesses and housing complexes. At Addilan Group, our experienced technicians cover everything we do for residential properties and then some!

Standard commercial plumbing needs include:

  • Pipe Blockages, Backups, Clogged Drains, Burst Pipes, Toilet Plumbing
  • Mainline Sewer, Water, and Gas Repairs
  • Hot Water Heater Repairs and Installations
  • Boiler System Repairs or Replacement
  • Commercial Heating System Installation
  • Complex Line Snaking
  • Grease Removal In Restaurants
  • Large Scale Drain Cleaning
  • Emergency Plumbing Services 

Differences Between Residential and Commercial Plumbing

Commercial and residential plumbers deal with some similar problems during their day-to-day jobs, however, their work environments, specific jobs, scope of work, and responsibilities are typically very different. The following are a few key differences between residential and commercial plumbing.

Daily usage

In a larger commercial building, plumbing fixtures are used hundreds of times a day compared to a residential home. This extensive use may lead to more frequent maintenance, repair, and emergency needs. 


One of the main reasons commercial plumbing is more complex than residential is the size of the buildings. Commercial buildings and multi-site portfolios typically have more occupants, resulting in more toilets, sinks, and pipes and a more complex plumbing system. 

Health issues

More people tend to visit commercial buildings, so maintaining a safe environment is more important. Especially in places like restaurants, following strict health code regulations is a must to ensure good hygiene and prevent the spread of disease.

Job knowledge 

A commercial plumber must be well-versed in many code requirements and permits that vary between home building and industrial specifications. 

Commercial Plumbing Services With Addilan Group

When a plumbing issue occurs at one of your portfolio locations, it can be a stressful and downright disastrous situation. Instead of scrambling to find a commercial plumber who can assist you, know your facility is in good hands with a plumber from Addilan Group available around the clock. Our plumbers are here to prevent issues from arising, and when the unexpected does occur, we are there to resolve it quickly with our emergency plumbing services. Calling various contractors can be daunting, so enlist in Addilan Group for complete maintenance management for your facilities. Contact us at 833-ADDILAN.