Commercial Sewer Contractors

Commercial sewer contractors have a specialty in sewer pipeline related construction. These sewer contractors typically install new and larger scale underground sewer pipeline infrastructure using heavy excavating equipment on new commercial size construction projects. It's important to recognize that not all commercial sewer contractors focus on just sewer. They may also specialize in water pipeline and storm drainage systems as it is also part of the wet utility construction framework. Most new pipeline construction work performed by commercial sewer contractors is based on plans drafted by Civil Engineers.

Commercial sewer contractors may serve as general contractor or subcontractor depending on the nature of the new construction project at hand. Some projects are privately owned and funded and some are publicly owned, paid by taxpayer dollars. Some contractors may be affiliated with Union(s), and thus perform "Union-Only" public work. Because public works is typically performed at higher, prevailing wage rates, it can be difficult for non-Union sewer contractors to competitively bid public works projects. However, it is possible to be a non-union contractor and do public work.


Commercial sewer contractors should not be confused with plumbers or commercial plumbers. Plumbers typically perform sewer and water pipeline framework work within the interior of buildings or homes, whereas commercial sewer contractors usually perform work outside of these premises, approximately five feet from the building and out towards public right-of-ways. Commercial sewer contractors generally install 4-inch to 100-inch plus larger diameter pipeline sewer main and laterals made of various materials, i.e. vitrified clay pipe (VCP), metal, such as ductile iron pipe or plastic pipe material, such as polyvinyl chloride pipe (PVC).

Commercial sewer contractors will usually perform work within a certain set of rules and general guidelines that slightly differ from plumbers guidelines. For instance, commercial sewer contractors use city-specific Standards, Sanitation Districts, American Public Works Association (APWA), and/or the Standard Plans for Public Works Construction (SPPWC, a.k.a. "The Greenbook") standards for installation of their work. Plumbers base their work on the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) book, which was developed and is kept current by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Group.

As with any new construction plan underway, it's important to look for a reliable sewer contractor that is familiar with your type of construction project. For instance, installing sewer pipeline for a commercial project differs from installing sewer for a residential construction project. One reason is that general contractors may have differing schedules and place their subcontractors in different priorities. Typically, sewer contractors enter the scene early on in the new construction process. They usually install their pipeline infrastructure as soon as all demolition and grading is complete.

There are many other factors to take into consideration when contracting with commercial sewer contractors, but once you find a contractor that fits your particular construction project needs, let them take the lead in that arena. Choosing commercial sewer contractors that can meet the project needs will help get your project off to a successful start. Their quality-driven work ethic will naturally chart them on course to being your pipeline contractor of choice.