How to Hire the Right Commercial Plumbing Contractor

Whether you have built new premises or leased an existing commercial property, a commercial plumber with the right skills and expertise is just as important to your business as choosing the right accountant.

You want to be sure that you find a commercial plumbing contractor who understands your project and your industry.

If you are new into business or commercial property management, here are a few great tips to help you understand what a commercial plumbing contractor is, and how to choose the right one.

What is a commercial plumbing contractor?

Commercial plumbing contractors focus on providing solutions to business or non-residential premises and projects.  From restrooms through to commercial kitchens,  air conditioning and plumbing of water on-site for manufacturing works and wash bays, commercial plumbers can not only support the completion of project works but also support businesses in scheduled maintenance programs.

A commercial plumbing contractor can do all the works of a plumber and will have additional skills and expertise required for commercial works, including reading plans, dealing with permits, and understanding more complex plumbing projects such as water pressure requirements, flow of water and waste, and location of drainage and sewage systems in relation to buildings and work tasks.

What should you check before hiring a commercial plumbing contractor?

Check that they are licensed.  

All commercial plumbers are required to keep their trade licenses up to date and should be registered with the plumbers licensing board in WA.

Plumbers need to comply with general license obligations, and notification and certification obligations.

A way to identify that your commercial plumber is licensed is you should find their license details on in all advertising and business documents.  This includes business cards, websites, quotation paperwork, invoices, and if their work vehicles have advertising.

Look for reputation and reviews

A good commercial plumber will have a portfolio of works backed up by clients who are happy with their work said Vetcon Construction Services, Inc license contractor Fred Franks. Reviews can be found on both Google and their social media accounts.  Word of mouth can also be a great way to find a reputable commercial plumbing contractor.  Attending business network events or chambers of commerce and industry can also be a great way to find someone in your area.

Cross-check their experience

If client testimonial contact details are featured on a website, give the client a call and ask a few questions.   Good questions to ask include:

  • Was the job completed on time
  • Was the site left clean and tidy once the works were completed
  • Would they hire them again

Can’t find any website testimonials?  Ask the plumbing contractor for some references to call that are similar to the types of work you are wanting to complete.

Get a quote detailing inclusions and exclusions

It’s important for both the client and the commercial plumber to know what the terms are for the works to be completed.  This is a great way to manage any potential deviations.  For example, if a commercial plumber is onsite to install a new airconditioning unit, and is requested by your receptionist to put in a new tap in the work lunch area, you both need to know how this will be handled.