The plumbing must be in working order for your business to operate smoothly. But commercial plumbing is more complex and expensive than residential installations. That’s important to factor into your budget. While residential plumbing is more often bid on by the fixture or individual project, commercially, according to HomeAdvisor, plumbing installations cost $14 to $15 per square foot. The bigger the building, the more pipes and fixtures you need, and the more expensive the project.
Common Cost Factors
Like many other things, the total cost of a plumbing job is equal to the sum of its parts. A few of these will be detailed below. Labor is one major factor, but varies greatly from one plumbing contractor to another and from one project to the next. In addition to the size of the property and job, you need to also consider:
- Number of Fixtures: Plan for anywhere from $3,500 to $10,000 per fixture.2 This includes water-using appliances such as washing machines, water heaters, and dishwashers as well as bathtubs. Dual-sinks and shower with multiple shower heads cost more than the average home fixture. Expect to pay more if having fixtures installed on higher floors, which also requires more complex, labor-intensive work when it comes to running pipes.
- Excavation: Connecting your plumbing to water and sewer lines often requires excavation, as does constructing drainage systems around the building, such as catch basins. The complexity of the work can vary depending on whether the building is on a developed lot or new access to water/sewer lines needs to be created. It will cost more to run pipes longer distances and install hookups farther from the building.
- Materials: For pipes, PEX and copper are commonly used. It is less costly to install PEX, which is a type of plastic; it breaks down when exposed to ultraviolet light, so is only suited for indoor installations. Copper costs more, but is less prone to breakage, resists bacteria, and is recyclable. Another consideration is it’s prone to corrosion over time that can lead to leaks and burst pipes. The type of pipe used must be carefully determined by budget, application, and professional recommendations.
Additional Commercial Plumbing Services
Plumbing for commercial businesses is typically a top priority for contractors and their clients. Commercial projects must be planned and coordinated carefully. Aside from installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement, a commercial plumber can help with septic tanks, grease traps, roof drains, and water and gas lines. Both new construction projects and plumbing updates for existing buildings have specific requirements. It’s not uncommon for the contractor to suggest energy efficient upgrades that can reduce operating costs.
Another factor affecting cost is the equipment used. Advanced leak detection systems are often employed to spot potential problems, while hydro jetting equipment allows for fast, effective clearing of blockages. Plumbing contractors also offer maintenance programs that, while they may cost a little to join, can save you a great deal in the long run. An annual inspection is typically included; it can allow a technician to address a minor leak or appliance issue before it escalates to the point major repairs and replacements are needed. It’s also not cheap to get 24-hour emergency service, but it does allow issues to be diagnosed and fixed quickly, so your business can get up and running again.
Contact The AC Hero
The AC Hero specializes in AC, heating, ductwork, indoor air quality, and other commercial plumbing services. Whether you need drain or grease trap cleaning, or a tankless water heater installed, you can trust our technicians to get the job done right the first time. We also offer commercial maintenance services and HVAC automation options. To request service, book now online or call 817-587-0792 today, and be sure to inquire about special offers and financing.