If you’re a DIY enthusiast, you have probably considered tackling your home’s plumbing problems. However, you could run a risk of compromising critical fixtures and violating plumbing codes when you take matters into your own hands.
Any plumbing code violation can result in major problems in your home. To avoid taking these risks, we’ve compiled a list of the most common plumbing code violations you can avoid when working on your Columbia, CT, home’s plumbing.
Inadequate Space Around the Toilet
Inadequate space around a toilet is one of the most common plumbing code violations that you will encounter. Although plumbing codes may vary by state, the most common code requires you to leave at least 15 inches between the toilet and a finished wall on either side. This distance is measured from the toilet’s centerline, not from the outer edge.
Improper Drain Pipes Slope
Drain pipes largely depend on gravity to move graywater to the sewer system. The contents won’t drain properly if you don’t slope the pipes downwards. In fact, wastewater may drain backward. Plumbing standards require drain pipes to have a 1/8th-inch-per-foot pitch for pipes 3 inches or bigger.
Improper Bathroom Venting
An exhaust fan helps remove smells and steam from a bathroom. The fan should connect to the vent that goes to the building’s side or the roof. Regrettably, improperly installed vents that end inside the building, like in the attic, are common. This issue causes humidity and heat to get trapped inside the home, causing moisture damage and encouraging mold and mildew growth.
Improperly Installed or Missing Water Heater Relief Valves
Every water heater must have a pressure and temperature relief valve. If the pressure or temperature accumulates and reaches unsafe levels, this safety device drains the tank until the proper levels are attained. If the relief valve gets installed improperly or removed, the water heater can explode.
Count On the Experts
At Drainworks Plumbing & Septic LLC, we have the training and experience needed to get any plumbing project done correctly and according to the city’s plumbing codes. We provide drain cleaning services, sewer line repairs, drain installations, and more in Columbia, CT, and nearby areas. Call us today to make an appointment.