Stop! Plumbing Code Violations


Stop! Plumbing Code Violations

Working in any sector of the plumbing industry, one tends to figure out what’s a go and what’s a no-no. But many don’t realize the five most common code violations.

Plumbing codes help ensure the proper performance of plumbing systems. These codes make for more efficient systems while safeguarding the health and safety of the public. Many people attempt to make fixes on their own to save money or they think it will be an easy repair but in reality, it could cause more damage. That’s why it’s best to use a professional who knows the code violations.

One of the first codes has to deal with improper slopes. Drain pipes need gravity to properly empty of water towards the sewer. Standard practice calls for drain pipes to have 1/8″ per foot pitch for 3″ or larger diameter pipe.

A second code violation is not including enough clean-outs. The clean-out is the maintenance access port for a plumbing system. The number of clean-outs depends on the size of the system. According to the IPC, building sewers shall be provided with clean-outs located not more than 100′ (30 480 mm) apart, measured from the upstream entrance of the clean-out. Clean-outs also need to be installed at each change of direction greater than 45 degrees in the building sewer, building drain and horizontal waste or soil lines.

The third common violation also deals with clean-outs. Not only do you have to be aware of how many clean-outs are placed but one also needs to be aware of where the clean-outs should be placed. Clean-outs should be placed in such a way that they won’t be covered by casements, cabinets or machinery. Clean-outs should also be placed to avoid proximity to food preparation areas, hospital operating rooms, computer rooms or other critical areas.

When thinking of code violations, one needs to make sure there is enough room around a toilet. The minimum distance between the toilet and a finished wall on either side is 15 inches from the toilet’s center line.

And, finally, one more piece of valuable information is to remember to install the correct fittings. Not installing the proper fittings for changes of direction can cause problems and delays when plumbers begin their work.

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