Unless you are in the plumbing business, you may not want to spend a ton of money on your commercial plumbing budget. These fixtures have a specific purpose to serve for your business, and you'd like to get the job done as affordably as possible without cutting corners. With that in mind, here are some options to discuss with your commercial plumbing team about how to make your job more efficient and more affordable.
The first word of advice is to always get plumbing recommendations before you start designing commercial buildings. The plumbing contractor can tell you some of the unique constraints that your plumbing will require so that you don't need to do an awkward workaround. Before you install your office's kitchen cabinets, get input about the best location for a sink or dishwasher; you will need to leave room for your plumbing hookups to function in the best way possible. Thus, a commercial plumbing professional should be on your consultant team at every stage of design. You also wouldn't want to make a wrong assumption about how much plumbing work will cost and then have a measly budget left over for this important work.
Don't Choose the Cheapest Fixtures
On the outset, this may seem like the opposite of what you'd want to do. But the most affordable plumbing fixtures may also be the ones that are poorly made and destined to break. The more time you can put between plumbing visits after the initial installation, the better. So upgrading to high quality fixtures, with the input of your commercial plumber, is a good idea.
Choose High Energy Efficiency
Also think about the water consumption of each fixture when you're weighing quality; that is often an important way to save some money. Dishwashers, faucets, and toilets are some of the common office appliances that can consume water, and they all come in highly efficient models. Some key items to check into include low-flow or rainwater toilets, aerated faucets, integrated water filtration systems, and energy star appliances.
Get Regular Audits
All of this being said, some of the money you will save on your plumbing costs is due to simply avoiding major plumbing disasters. Frequent audits of your commercial buildings by a plumbing contractor (at least once every year) will help you to avoid unfortunate issues with your high volume restrooms and sinks. You can avoid repairs and other problems with these inspections.