Plumbing is a complex part of any building and plumbing codes have been designed to prevent any unsanitary, unhealthy, and hazardous conditions. A plumbing code, also known as a sanitation code, is the rules and regulations established to provide the guidelines for the design, installation, as well as inspection of any building’s sanitary and plumbing systems.
What are Plumbing Codes Good For?
These plumbing codes help to ensure the quality and functionality of the plumbing system and also protect the residents on the premises where the plumbing is installed and also the public health in general.
Plumbing codes are guidelines that must be followed by any person who is working on the toilet and sewer systems or the drinking water supply systems in various places such as offices, homes, hospitals, schools, factories, etc. These plumbing codes help to ensure that the work is done safely so that the spread of diseases and accidents is prevented.
The International Plumbing Code (IPC) that has been established by the ICC (International Code Council) is the most comprehensive model plumbing code, most commonly used in the U.S. and this code is also used by several other countries.
The Uniform Plumbing Code published by the IAPMO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials) is another commonly used model plumbing code that is used across the U.S. and other countries.
Some of the major plumbing codes that are used in the U.S. include:
- International Plumbing Code (ICC)
- Uniform Plumbing Code
- National Plumbing Code
- Standard Plumbing Code
- National Standard Plumbing Code
- One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code
- ANSI A40, Safety Requirements for Plumbing
Typically, the plumbing codes are used and modified by the local authorities so that they fit the local requirements.
The main aim of plumbing codes is to prevent or reduce the occurrence of any common problems such as improper sanitation or toxic fumes. These codes also protect the people living in a building from any dubious building and plumbing practices that can harm them and help to maintain the health and wellbeing of the residents.
Plumbing codes also help to prevent plumbing violations such as:
- Not sufficient place around the toilets
- Improper slopes for drainpipes
- Not sufficient maintenance or cleanouts
- Improper fittings
- The improper placing of cleanouts
The plumbing codes can affect the plumbing design in a few ways such as:
- Water and Energy Efficiency: The plumbing codes emphasize how to design an efficient plumbing system that can help to save water and energy.
- Health and Environmental Effects: The plumbing codes help to mitigate any serious health risks posed because of poor-quality plumbing.
- Savings on Materials: You can save money spent on plumbing materials by ensuring that rooms requiring plumbing fixtures are put together.
In conclusion, as a building contractor or a homeowner, whether you’re constructing a new building or simply doing a remodel of your home, there are specific plumbing codes that must be followed.
It is important to understand that plumbing codes are not just random rules and regulations but are very important and critical aspects that will ensure that the best quality of materials is used, along with the best workmanship to safeguard the health and wellbeing of you and your family.