If you are building a new industrial plant, you may think that you only need a commercial plumber for toilets and sinks. Actually, commercial plumbers do a lot more than that. They are responsible for no less than three types of commercial plumbing that go into every industrial plant ever built in the last one hundred years. As such, make sure you hire a commercial plumbing contractor that does all of the following.
All employees working in the plant need restroom facilities. Bathrooms should be placed in easily accessible areas in the plant, and if there is more than one story to the building, the bathrooms should be stacked one above the next on every floor. All of the bathroom plumbing has to go into the plant after exterior walls are constructed and before interior walls are completed. Sinks and toilets lining opposite walls are ideal, and there should be more than enough toilets to accommodate all employees. If your plant requires decontamination showers, or your plant deals in products that are either extremely smelly or dangerous to the skin, you will also need your plumber to install sets of showers.
Chemical and Gas Plumbing
Any and all of the pipes needed to send propane, natural gas, and/or chemicals needed for production or produced by your plant are also part of your plumbing contractor's job. He or she will run all of the pipes needed for all fuels and chemicals coming and going around, in, and out of the plant. These pipelines are usually done after all of the toilet/restroom pipes have been completed to avoid confusion of which lines are which, although most plumbers are able to keep them all straight based on pipe type, shape, size, and material type.
Plumbing Between Vats, Tanks, Etc.
When you are ready to install all kinds of equipment into the plant, including vats, tanks, and machines that process liquids, the plumber is involved here too. He/she will run lines between these machines as needed. One such example is running a water line to a purification tank, and then running a pipe to a wood pulp vat where a ton of chemicals are swirling around wood chunks to soften the wood, create a slurry of wood pulp, and then turn the pulp into paper. Without water running to the vat, the wood pulp would become too thick, and it could not be pressed into paper. This is the third type of plumbing job that your commercial plumber will do, and it will probably be at the very end of the job right before your plant opens for business.