What’s the difference between plumbing and drainage?

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Most business owners have experienced problems with leaking pipes, blocked drains, or pipes freezing over. However, knowing what sort of specialist to call to help fix these problems that arise is not always that straightforward. So, we’ve decided to provide some clarity here and shine a light on both plumbing and drainage. Below, we explain the differences between both types of services, so you can be better prepared if you spot a problem in your commercial premises – and know who to call for help.

What’s plumbing?

Plumbing is the water system in your business. This includes pipes, tanks and the fittings required for water supply, heating and toilets. Simply put, plumbing covers the water coming in.

You can tell the difference between a plumbing and a drainage pipe should you get a leak. If the water is spraying out at high pressure, then it’s a plumbing pipe. The water coming out should also be clean if it’s plumbing – this is because the water here comes from the underground pipe network directly from your water supplier [1].

If however, your issue is not a leak resulting in clean, high-pressured water spouting from your piping, you can also identify that it’s a plumbing issue if you have low water pressure (this is often caused by badly maintained pipes) – because as mentioned, plumbing pipes run water through at high pressure.
Should you have a mould problem, it is also likely to be a plumbing issue due to having leaky piping in your walls for a long time, resulting in damp conditions where mould thrives.

What’s drainage?

Drainage is the system in place to move waste away from your business. It usually does this through drainage pipes that pull the waste along the way to sewers or a septic tank. Simply put, drainage covers the water going out.

You can help identify drainage pipes through their positioning. These pipes use gravity to help drain dirty water away from your building to a sewage or septic tank, so therefore drainage pipes are angled downward to help facilitate this flow [1].

Whilst problems with your drainage can also result in mould (due to leaks or water being allowed to pool around your facility instead of being properly drained away), there are even more obvious and pungent indicators that signal a drainage issue.
Because drainage pipes carry away sewage, any problems with them is going to result in a bad/musty smell – this is often the easiest way to identify that something has gone wrong with your drainage.
If it is taking a long time for water to drain from your sink, it is also probably a drainage issue – dirty water should be flowing away from your facilities and not hanging for too long.
Overflowing toilets or alarming water level rises when you flush are also big red flags indicating a problem with your drainage system.

Don’t let problem plumbing or blocked drains disrupt your business. Together with our sister company, Dyno Commercial, we have over 1,000 commercial plumbing and drains engineers covering the length and breadth of the UK. So, if you need us, we won’t be far away. Get your commercial plumbing and drainage systems protected from £4 a month. Terms apply.

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[1] https://www.blockbusters.co.uk/blog/whats-difference-plumbing-drainage/

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