The Different Types of Plumbing

Ask most people what they think are the differences between domestic and commercial plumbers and the chances are most will say similar things, but in particular that they’re the same with the exception that commercial plumbers deal with larger buildings.

Defining commercial and domestic premises

commercial vs residential plumbingCommercial premises are intended for the carrying on of business. Such premises can be offices, shops, restaurants or other types of buildings, and as such they are generally larger than domestic buildings. This may seem obvious, but there will be significant differences in working in commercial rather than domestic premises when it comes to plumbing and heating work, and it’s not just about size. Commercial premises may be used by a number of employees as well as members of the public and there will be very specific regulations that must be complied with. A good example is the location and maintenance of lavatories and washing facilities. Most people will have seen signs announcing ‘Staff only’ as well as directions to other WCs for public use.

Differences in commercial and domestic plumbing work

The larger size of commercial properties will mean that plumbing and heating installations will be laid out over a greater area although some domestic premises can be bigger than some of the smaller commercial ones. Size is not the only difference however and there are many more that distinguish commercial from domestic plumbing. These are perhaps three of the most significant:

  • a greater number of appliances such as WCs, sinks, radiators, boilers and dishwashers etc
  • more complex and larger plumbing and heating systems requiring detailed mapping and understanding
  • a greater potential to disrupt business through plumbing work

Need for faster and more accurate work

Industrial plumbingIt may difficult to differentiate industrial plumbing from residential plumbing unless you are a professional plumber. Both industrial and residential plumbing are examples of plumbing services offered by ST Heating Services Ltd which serves the Manchester and North West Region of the UK.

Industrial plumbing involves the installation and maintenance of pipes within the commercial buildings and industries while residential plumbing involves installation and maintenance of pipe within residential units. Most residential pipes and fixtures convey water and gases; they require a lesser amount of costs to install and maintain as compared to industrial plumbing equipment.

Industrial vs Residential Plumbing:

1. Industrial plumbing pipes are of a higher quality grade compared to residential plumbing pipes

The industrial plumbing pipes and fixtures are of a finer quality because they are used frequently. They need to be stronger to handle the weight of fluids that pass through them every day. Commercial and industrial buildings are high activity areas that cannot be compared to residential units.

Residential pipes and fixtures are made from less durable materials because they do not handle heavy duty fluid daily. You cannot compare a few people occupying a house to over 300 people accessing a commercial building daily.

2. Industrial plumbing has a complex architecture

The residential piping system is likely to be straight with few complexities because it covers a smaller area and serves fewer people. It will be mapped simply through the structure of the house. When it comes to industrial plumbing, the piping system is complex because you have to cover many toilets, floors, and kitchens within the building.

3. Industrial plumbing has a higher potential for damages due to its complexity

The more complex a piping system is, the higher the chances of getting damages. Industrial plumbing has a frequent repair of fixtures and pipes due to large surface area it covers and the heavy load of fluid it conveys daily. Residential pipes have low maintenance because they handle a smaller load of fluid daily and their system is more straight forward.

Benefits of hiring of ST Heating Services Ltd for your industrial and residential plumbing tasks:



If you own a property within Manchester and North West region of the UK, then you can hire ST Heating services Ltd to repair your piping system at affordable rates. Whether you own a commercial building or a house, our charges are fair.


ST Heating Services Ltd has been in the market for over five years and brings both experience and expertise to solve your plumbing problems. With us, your plumbing problems will be sorted effectively!


We always arrive in time at the site of action and finish our assignment within the stipulated period set by the owner of the building.

Variety of services to offer

We offer a wide variety of plumbing services to our customers in the greater Manchester and North West Region of the UK. From industrial and commercial boiler installation to piping system repair and maintenance, ST Heating Services Ltd is a company you will never regret working with.

For Industrial and Residential plumbing services in Manchester and North West region of UK, you can hire ST Heating Services Ltd to get the affordable and efficient work that you deserve!

It would be nice to think that all plumbers will do a great job in the shortest time possible and with no mistakes but sadly this isn’t always the case. In the domestic field these issues can be irritating and disruptive, but with commercial or industrial premises it can mean not only disruption but also the temporary suspension of business which can result in significant financial losses. This is one of the reasons why it is vital to ensure that work is undertaken by commercial plumbers who understand the issues, such as those of ST Heating Services Ltd. Choosing us for our full range of gas and plumbing services can save a lot of money over time.

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