Commercial plumbers specialise in the maintenance, repair, and installation of water infrastructure on commercial properties. Whether the plumbing system is found in a home, an office or a commercial building it has the same goal; to deliver clean water and remove waste. The difference between commercial plumbing services and residential plumbing comes down to the requirements put on each system. Commercial systems are designed to accommodate a large number of uses at the same time which is why something like a strata building may be a residential building, it counts as a commercial plumbing job.

Regularity of Maintenance

In residential plumbing the system tends to be quite easy to navigate. Commercial plumbing is much more complicated, there are multiple floors, bathrooms, sinks, and piping systems. The complexity of the systems means it is advisable to have a commercial plumbing contractor come to service your commercial plumbing. Plumbing issues in residential situations tend to be different versions of the same problems; bathrooms and kitchens. Commercial plumbing issues on the other hand tend to be much more complex.


Common sense is key when it comes to checking for leaks and one of the major signs is mold and mildew. Make a habit of checking the backs of cupboards and under sinks for signs of mold or any smells that may indicate a leak. Finding these leaks early can save you thousands of dollars in repairs if they can be caught early. A little mold or mildew in a shower can occur any time but finding it outside of the bathroom area, in walls or floors, is not normal unless you have a leaking pipe.

Safety Requirements

Commercial plumbing is held to a much higher standard than residential plumbing. Though residential plumbing needs to meet common safety standards, commercial plumbing is held to a higher standard. Additional tests and inspections are required on the commercial level. This can include thermostatic valve testing, backflow prevention testing, trade waste treatment, and amenities maintenance and alterations.


Unlike with residential plumbing where you often-times have the ability to wait for a plumber and can find work arounds in the meantime; this is not a viable option for commercial plumbing issues. If a bathroom gets clogged in an office building then under Queensland law, the staff must be sent home, leading to significant disruption to workflow. At Botanical Plumbing we work with you to maintain your system and are available 24/7 for whatever problems may arise.

If you have a commercial plumbing issue in Brisbane, reach out to Botanical Plumbing to get your problem fixed.