Just because you own your home does not mean that you can do anything you would like to do. There are local laws and ordinances that include specific information about what you can and cannot do. These codes have requirements for structural integrity, electrical wiring, and of course for plumbing.
Not only can these codes be hard to understand but they change frequently. The good news is that it is while it is your responsibility as a homeowner to ensure you are in compliance, you are not in it alone. You have a local residential plumber who can help. Read on to find out more about how to know if you are in compliance. Then contact High Speed Plumbing at 1-888-958-1394 for help.
What is a building code?
First, let us cover what we mean by a building code. Essentially, it applies to just about everything you do to your home except for minor things like wallpapering or painting. If you are changing out a light fixture, installing a new fixture in your sink, then you can count on there being a building code you must abide by. It can seem frustrating to look this information up but remember that it is there to keep you safe.
Is your plumbing currently up to code?
If you have an older home then you can count on the fact that it is likely not up to today’s building code standards. In most municipalities, codes are based on the International Code Council in Washington D.C. This organization updates their code every three years.
Some of the most common issues that leave a home not up to code include shield plates that have pipes passing through the studs, improper venting, and issues such as drain slopes that allow pipe clogging when water escapes and leaves solids behind. On the other hand, code violations can include plumbing that has not been buried as deep as it should have, not have insulated pipes, and not having the appropriate shut-off valves.
Steps to take if you are not in compliance
If you find that your home isn’t in compliance, or you believe that it is not, then there are options. In many cases, a grandfather clause may protect your home – unless the code violation causes an immediate safety concern. However, while this grandfather clause may help you avoid having to rip up your plumbing and replace it all, if you are going to make any upgrades to your home then they will need to be in compliance.
Do you have questions about plumbing codes? Do you need to work with a local plumber who can help you get up to code or find the best upgrades? Then contact High Speed Plumbing at 1-888-958-1394. We offer a wide range of services and are ready to help you with your home or business. Call today!