Commercial plumbing versus residential plumbing. Is there a difference?
In many ways they are similar. In both cases, the job of the plumber is to find the problem and make corrections. Whether it’s a leaky faucet, an overflowing toilet, or a backed up pipe, a plumber’s goal is to get to the root of the problem and fix it.
Yet with commercial plumbing, a plumber must think on a grander scale. It isn’t just about one bathroom, or a water heater to service a family of four. It’s about keeping the entire complex operating smoothly.
Commercial plumbing services can cover everything from hotels and apartments complexes, to offices and retail establishments. They all have a variety of needs to make sure they run efficiently for their employees and customers.
· Keeping common bathrooms fully operational.
· Setting up drainage and venting systems.
· Installing water heaters and boiler systems.
· Creating a roof drainage system.
· Cleaning drains and carrying out regular maintenance.
A commercial plumber often prefers to work on a contractual basis, keeping a close watch over the entire system regularly. That ensures the best possible care for both the property manager, and for the clients utilizing the common grounds of the buildings.
What do you think of when you hear the word plumber?
Chances are you think of the word problem.
· A pipe broke and is flooding your basement.
· The water heater no longer works.
· The sewer is backed up.
But a plumber can be more than a “fix it” person. He can:
1. Install the new faucets you purchased months ago, and are still on the floor in your bathroom.
2. Upgrade your garbage disposal to give you more power.
3. Convert your old fireplace to a gas fireplace by running a gas line.
4. Convert your electric stove to a gas stove by installing a gas line.
5. Analyze your current water system to give you ideas on conserving water.
6. Help you plan a bathroom remodel, giving you tips on toilet, shower or sink placement.
7. Get ready for spring by installing a new gas fire pit.
8. Get ready for summer by installing a new gas barbecue.
When people decide to buy a home, they know to get a home inspection. But very few people understand the importance of asking for a sewer inspection. Especially on an older home, a sewer inspection can save you untold hours and dollars installing a new one after you experience a problem after moving in.
One of the most common problems affecting sewer lines is tree roots growing into the lines. As trees grow, roots spread out and can crawl into tiny opening in the pipes, expanding the sewer line. As they move and grow, they latch on to debris flowing through the system, causing a build up.
With today’s modern technology, it’s easy to see the condition of your drain and sewer lines from the inside. Using fiber optics, a plumber will go in and view the inside of the pipe system. He will record the process, and provide you with a copy of the results, carefully explaining his findings and any possible repercussions. He will also provide you with repair or replacement suggestions.
While a sewer inspection may come out of the new homebuyers pocket, it is by far less expensive than the cost of having to replace a sewer line. To schedule your sewer line inspection, contact Quality 1st Plumbing.
A household water audit is an assessment of how much water is currently being used, and how much water can be saved by making simple improvements.
Our first task is to fully analyze your current water and sewer systems. We look for leaks and inefficiencies throughout the system, both inside and out.
Next we report back to you with our findings. We may make recommendations on ways to reduce water loss, ways to conserve, or ways to improve the water usage within your home.
Finally, we can help you implement any or all of our recommendations. We can help you choose the right products at the lowest costs, and ensure the oversee the entire process to ensure its done correctly.
Schedule your Home Water Audit today.
As a plumber, you see a little bit of everything. High up on the scale of plumbing disasters is clogged drain pipes – you never know what you are going to find lodged into a pipe. Here are some photos of clogged drain pipes.
Quality 1st Plumbing provides you with quality plumbing services, and a green approach to plumbing within your home or commercial location. If you are in the Denver Metro region of Colorado, Quality 1st Plumbing can help you with your clogged drain pipes, repair and upgrades, or even help you go green with your plumbing.
Have you ever started a project that isn’t quite what you thought it would be?
Maybe you decided to update the bathroom, and put in a new toilet, a new sink and vanity, and change out the plumbing fixtures. Then partially through the project, things just don’t seem to fit together the way they should.
Even if you head to your local hardware store, sometimes its difficult to find the problem and what parts it will take to fix it, and get back to normal.
When a one weekend project is still unfinished after one month, it may be time to call your local plumber. Your local plumber is experienced in putting things back together again.
Your local plumber can use the parts you’ve purchased, making modifications as necessary. He can finish your job in hours instead of days (or weeks).
In Colorado, your local plumber is Quality 1st Plumbing. They can help you with all your plumbing needs, including completing do it yourself projects.
Maybe you’re thinking of redesigning your kitchen and upgrading your current appliances. Or maybe your range is many years old and is starting to give you trouble. How about converting from electric to gas, and taking advantage of the many things you can do with gas appliances?
About Electric Ranges
Electric ranges are built for convenience. They are a plug and cook appliance that is easy to turn on (no ignition system) and provides no hazard of live flames shooting up from the burner.
About Gas Ranges
For many people, gas is the preferred method for cooking. Gas gives you a much finer control over temperature, and makes it easy to move pots and pans from one burner to the next without waiting for them to heat up. They heat up quicker, cool faster, and allow you to cook even when you incur a power outage.
If you’ve always had electric and are considering a move to gas, it is necessary to make some modifications to your kitchen area. Because your range may not be near the gas line, the first thing you’ll have to do is locate the gas line, and lay pipe to the range area.
Working with your local plumbing contractor can ensure pipes are laid and connected correctly, avoiding serious problems with leaking gas lines in the future. This is not an easy do-it-yourself project. Because of the serious ramifications of working with gas, make sure you rely on an experienced plumber who understands and has worked with laying and working with gas lines in the past.
The concept of green design is gaining momentum throughout the building industry. And as the demand from consumers continues to drive the effort, builders are responding with green solutions for both commercial and residential needs.
A green building may cost more up front, but will ultimately save through lower operating costs over the life of the building. While most people think from an energy standpoint, (i.e. water savings through reduced flow toilets and bathroom fixtures) the savings can come in a variety of forms.
Savings can be in the form of cost savings, and can also take on more intrinsic benefits as well. Benefits can include such things as improving occupant health and comfort, increase productivity, and reduce pollution and landfill waste.
What are the elements of green plumbing design?
Choosing a site that is well protected and retains a natural landscape and natural water features. Rainwater tanks may be used to gather fresh water for later use.
Use dimensional planning throughout a commercial building. Using standard sizes in piping, materials and new products eliminates the need for custom builds.
Design for dual plumbing. Use recycled water for toilet flushing, or gray water systems that recover rainwater for irrigation.
Use water conserving fixtures, such as low flow shower heads and low flush toilets throughout the build.
Install recirculating hot water systems for centralized distribution.
On the cold days of winter, a fireplace is just the thing to warm up those chilly nights.
Whether you’re converting a traditional fireplace to gas, or remodeling your home to include a gas
fireplace, a licensed plumber can help you make your project a reality.
First, select the model that’s right for you. There are dozens of different choices for gas fireplace
s, many which offer energy efficiency. Options to consider are a model that can be connected up to your ductwork to help heat your home, one with a direct vent for safety and efficiency, or using one with an automatic starter instead of a pilot light.
Then look for the most efficient and direct way of connecting your gas to your new fireplace. Your plumber can make suggestions on methods that will work best for your home layout. He may run a
line directly from the gas meter, or from the main pipe near the furnace.
Safety is key whenever you access a gas line. Check with your plumber to verify he has experience working with gas lines, and understands the complexity of adding new pipes and connecting to new sources.
You hear about the disasters on television, or from your friends and family. As a plumber, it’s amazing some of the things we see. This past weekend I went searching through photo sharing sites like Flickr to see what I could find on broken faucets. This is a collection of photographs that showcase broken faucets.
Quality 1st Plumbing provides you with quality plumbing services, and a green approach to plumbing within your home or commercial location. If you are in the Denver Metro region of Colorado, Quality 1st Plumbing can help you with your broken faucets, repair and upgrades, or even help you go green with your plumbing.