One of the most common questions that many people have regarding plumbing is the difference between residential plumbers and the commercial plumber such as those employed by Ross Mechanical Inc. Commercial Plumbing Contractors in Kansas City typically work with larger installations using bigger piping and sturdier fixtures, although light commercial installations such as church buildings or small offices can make use of many residential plumbing items. Other differences can include the types of pipe they use and the pressures in the systems they plumb. For example, many household water lines run from twenty to forty PSI (Pounds per Square Inch), but commercial buildings may require higher pressure so the water can reach all the various levels.
Most Commercial Plumbing Contractors in Kansas City perform a lot more work when outfitting a commercial installation. For example, a hospital can have a lot of restrooms, sinks and other washing facilities. Along with all the sinks, faucets and fixtures this would require, the plumbers will also need to install a lot of pipe for drainage and water lines. These pipes may look small where they connect to the sinks and other fixtures, but they connect to larger pipes and the bigger the building the larger the inlet and outlet pipes will need to be. Of course, commercial plumbing isn’t just about the indoor connections. Many buildings require outside connections to water and sewer mains. Even those in large cities with massive underground water and sewer supplies require specific connections.
Perhaps the major difference between residential plumbing and commercial plumbing is the industrial level fixtures they use. A residential toilet for instance is normally a floor mounted fixture which is secured by a simple closet flange. In large commercial installations where the restrooms may see hundreds of people an average toilet may not stand up to the strain. Commercial toilets on the other hand are designed for heavy usage and are installed with a stronger closet carrier for wall mounted units or heavy duty closet flanges for floor mounted toilets. Sinks also require special mounts. Because the building owners never know what may be placed on or done to a mounted sink they need a heavy duty lavatory chair carrier to ensure proper mounting.