ADA-Compliant Plumbing Services for Midlands Businesses

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) exists so everyone has comfortable access to businesses. Make sure your property meets ADA requirements with a qualified commercial plumbing service.

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ADA-Compliant Bathrooms Aren’t Optional

If you don’t meet ADA standards, it could make your business inaccessible for staff and customers. You might only face complaints, or you might face a lawsuit for discrimination. If you have new construction or you’re making changes to existing bathrooms, you legally must meet current ADA requirements so that everyone can comfortably and easily access the restroom. There are few exceptions to this rule.

Building or changing a bathroom for maximum accessibility requires an experienced plumbing company. Kay Plumbing has been serving South Carolina since 2008, so we understand the intersection of local plumbing code and ADA requirements. We can explain them to you so you understand what needs to be done to meet both and why.

Installation and Repair Services for Your Business’ Restrooms

ADA-Compliant Plumbing Services for Midlands Businesses

Grab Bar Installation

Grab bars must be securely installed and follow important measurements for the safety of anyone who uses them. For example, there is only a certain amount of space allowed between the bar and the wall to allow someone to securely grab the bar without the possibility of an arm or elbow getting caught between them. The ADA also has standards for how many grab bars must be placed and in what contexts. To make sure your grab bars are correctly installed, it’s important to hire a plumber who knows what they’re doing.

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Lowered Sink Installation and Mirror Height Adjustments

In an ADA-compliant bathroom, you must have at least one sink and mirror that meet ADA standards, and you must place soap and paper towel dispensers within specified distances so that they are accessible without affecting sink or mirror access. Your sink faucet will need to be picked based on its accessibility, as well. It needs to be operable within a certain distance, it cannot require too much force to operate, and more. Kay Plumbing can make sure you know what your compliant fixture choices are and pick the one that’s best for your space.

ADA-Compliant Plumbing Services for Midlands Businesses

Accessible Toilet and Urinal Installation

The ADA has rules on toilets, including its height, where it should be located in relation to a bathroom or stall door (if it is an accessible stall), and where it should be in relation to a sink. If there is more than one urinal in a restroom, the ADA requires that at least one is accessible, and it gives specific measurements for wall-hanging and stall type urinals. Plumbing professionals can install these fixtures just as easily as other fixtures, and they can help you understand where they need to be placed and what model you need to use to meet ADA standards.

ADA-Compliant Plumbing Services for Midlands Businesses

Other Bathroom Fixture Installation

The ADA has requirements on where toilet paper, soap, and paper towel dispensers must be located on the wall so that anyone can reach them. Additionally, if you are building a bathroom space with children in mind, the ADA requirements are different to accommodate a child’s smaller size and less skilled motor coordination compared to adults. Kay Plumbing can assist you with these fixtures and help you build an accessible bathroom for any age group.

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Upgrade, Replacement, and Repair Services

At Kay Plumbing, we always try to repair before we suggest replacing a fixture, but if we think it’ll cost more in the long run to keep repairing something than to replace it, we’ll tell you. If you’d like to change a fixture for better efficiency and ease of use, and you want to be sure it still meets ADA requirements, we can help. We’ll give advice based on your needs and space so you can choose the best fixture, and we’ll install it for you, too.

Why Work with Kay Plumbing

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Fully Stocked Vans & Warehouses

When we arrive to make an installation at your business, our vans are fully stocked with the things we’ll need. We’ll complete the job as scheduled. If a completely unexpected complication comes up that we don’t have the parts to repair immediately, you’re not going to be left stranded. Our Lexington warehouse is fully stocked with spare parts, so you’ll only be waiting as long as it takes us to drive there and back to your property, not days while we order a part and wait for it to come in.

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Master Plumbers with Years of Experience

Kay Plumbing has been serving South Carolina since 2008. We’re up-to-date on local, state, and federal building codes. We know where ADA requirements might overlap with local plumbing code, and we know what we need to do to meet the standards of both so your business can run smoothly. We can explain these codes to you and answer any questions you may have about them so that you understand what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Stiff legal writing can get hard to read and harder to understand if you’re not in the field it’s directed toward – work with professional plumbers who can translate it for you.

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Reliable Services & Solutions

When you make an appointment with us, we show up at the time we agreed upon. We take pride in getting things done right the first time, and we recognize the extra consequences you could face – legally and financially – if requirements like those of the ADA aren’t met. You won’t be forced to get someone to come in behind us to clean up our work, plumbing-wise or cleaning-wise. We’ll help you decide what fixtures bring the best combination of accessibility and appearance in your bathroom, and when we give you the receipt, it’ll match the price quote we gave you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to keep in mind to create ADA-compliant restrooms?

ADA restroom requirements have clearly defined minimum and maximum requirements for everything from the size and layout of the bathroom or stall to the placement of dispensers and grab bars. Largely, these measurements are based on how much space a wheelchair user is going to need, at minimum, to move easily in a bathroom or stall, but they’re useful for many other types of people, too. A brief list of things that you’ll need to keep in mind include:

  • How much space there is for a wheelchair user to turn in the room or stall in relation to plumbing fixtures and the door.
  • What height bathroom fixtures need to be placed at to be easy to reach for anyone.
  • How the size of your restroom and number of stalls and/or urinals affects what is required.
  • If you have an older building, you should get an understanding of how that changes what is expected of you when you decide to renovate any bathrooms on the property.
  • How you might choose to go beyond the minimum requirements the ADA provides to make your space accessible to people with a variety of mobility aids and needs.
What does it mean if something is “technically infeasible”?

You’ll see this phrase pop up in the ADA because existing buildings haven’t always been built with accessibility in mind. For example, a property owner might be updating a restroom on their property, and to comply with ADA requirements, they need to make the space larger. However, the wall that would need to move or be adjusted to create the necessary space is structurally integral. Moving this wall would be “technically infeasible” – it’s really not practical to try updating this bathroom.

This does not mean the business owner is necessarily exempt from meeting ADA standards. For just about every “technically infeasible” situation, the ADA outlines an alternative requirement, such as building an additional bathroom in the same area and clearly marking where this bathroom is with the International Symbol of Accessibility (which you probably recognize as the blue and white stick figure you see, for example, in parking spots).

My building has multiple floors and is exempt from the requirement to have an accessible route between the floors. Do I still need to follow these guidelines?

Yes. You must have an ADA-compliant bathroom that is accessible on any floor you place or update a bathroom. If you have an accessible bathroom on an upper level that does not have an accessible route, you must also have an accessible bathroom on a lower accessible floor with a clear route.

When are sinks exempt from ADA standards?

Sinks that are for work use-only are exempt from ADA requirements, as are “service sinks,” or the mop sink a janitorial staff might use. The ADA recommends making these sinks accessible, but they do not require it. If a sink is at all used by members of the general public, then no matter what it is for, it must meet ADA sink standards.

Are eyewash stations exempt from ADA standards?

No. Eyewash stations must meet ADA requirements.

When am I required to follow the ADA standards for children?

The ADA never requires it. However, you may be required to use the ADA bathroom standards for children if you have building or other regulations that require it. Be sure you understand what requirements your building must legally meet to operate, and call contracting experts or disability lawyers if you’re not sure.

Though you aren’t required to create bathroom spaces with ADA standards for children, there are situations where you might consider doing so anyway, like if you operate a business that works mainly with children.

What if a local building code overlaps with an ADA requirement?

The ADA has workarounds for any potential obstruction to an accessible bathroom. Follow local building codes, but make sure you’re still meeting at least minimum accommodation requirements by referring to the ADA or an expert.

How do I know if I’m exempt from ADA standards?

Generally, if it’s not otherwise stated in the ADA, then it depends if you fall into a certain category. For example, if you are a small business owner and you meet certain requirements, then you might be in TItle I, which means you are exempt from meeting ADA requirements. The same is true if, for example, you are a private, tax-exempt organization, like a religious entity. This type of organization is part of Title III. If you think you may be exempt but you’re not positive, you should speak with a disability lawyer.

I don’t know that I have the resources to meet an ADA requirement. Will I face consequences?

It depends a lot on your particular context. It’d be best to contact a reputable disability lawyer to help you figure out what is legally required of you to operate.

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