Plumbing code violations can cause serious problems in your home or business premises. They may result in accidents, causing dangerous harm to people and property. You may also be in for legal repercussions if you don’t observe plumbing codes.
Here are 4 common plumbing codes violations you should be aware of.
1. Wrong Bathroom Venting
It is common logic that bathroom vents should lead directly outside the house, but it is not uncommon to find a few of them ending in the attic. This plumbing code violation may precipitate dire consequences, such accumulation of moisture in the attic, which may then lead to mold and mildew.
2. Poor Drainpipe Slope
Drainpipes need the help of gravity to function efficiently. To achieve their full potential, plumbing codes require plumbers to angle them downwards in the direction of flow. While it makes a lot of sense, you will still find gross violation of this simple code. If the drainpipe isn’t sloped well, it may cause backflow and flooding of your sinks, bathrooms and toilets.
3. Inadequate Space Around the Toilet
It may sound outrageous, but this plumbing code is often violated. The code requires that your toilet should be no less than 15 inches from the wall. The problem occurs when you erect the toilet before constructing the drywalls. Sometimes, plumbers may underestimate the thickness of the finished wall, creating an insufficient space around the toilet when the walls are complete.
4. Inaccessible or Insufficient Cleanouts
Cleanouts allow you or your plumber to access drains for the purposes of cleaning or unclogging them. A plumbing system needs to provide enough accessible cleanout to enhance the cleaning of the drains. But some buildings or homes violate this code, probably to cut costs, and provide few cleanouts. This is unfortunate because it would then be difficult to clean your drainpipes.
It is the most basic plumbing codes that are often violated. These violations may seem inconsequential but can pose imminent danger. We are a reliable and professional plumbing company in Quincy, MA, that will help you observe all plumbing codes. If you need more info, or wish to make an order, call us today. We also offer heating and cooling repairs, installations, and maintenance as well as tankless water heater services.