Code violations happen. In commercial instances, this usually happens when the buildings are built or renovated, or when they undergo a routine inspection. Residential buildings typically don't worry about inspections unless there are renovations, in which case code violations come into play on renovations without permits, illegal plumbing installations, or neighbor complaints.
Violations aren't the end of the world, however. They just need fixed.
Uniform Plumbing Code
A code violation is when plumbing does not meet the Uniform Plumbing Code, a set of standards by officials that determine rules and regulations to ensure water potability and safety. Columbia and other cities enforce these rules for health and the protection of the water supply, regardless of whether or not they make sense from a building perspective.
The Uniform Plumbing Code outlines how plumbing systems bring safe drinking water into the home, how they remove sanitary waste from the home, and how they protect water supplies from contamination.
Ever wonder about that curved thing under your sinks? That's called a trap. It holds a small amount of water, refilled each time you use the sink. This water prevents sewer gas coming in from the drain and making your home uninhabitable. Traps, and other plumbing materials, are made to exhibit a certain level of quality in terms of the material, the joints, and the installation, to make sure that these parts do their job.
How the Uniform Plumbing Code Protects You
Code violations may be the result of old plumbing that is not safe and sanitary, or it may stem from plumbing that is not installed correctly, but the Universal Plumbing Code is also enforced for your protection. For example, the P-trap, which is the trap located underneath the kitchen and bathroom sinks is there to prevent sewer gases from entering your home or business. Sewer gas doesn't just make you nauseous, it can carry disease and even kill. The Uniform Plumbing Code also requires the trap to be a minimum of 17 gauge thick. This is a way that the code makes sure that plumbers install quality products in your home. Violations can also be issued to protect other people around you because water from your drains goes where it shouldn't or because gas lines that run from your property have problems.
Kay Plumbing Can Help with Code Violations
If you find that your business or home has run up against a building code violation, don't worry. Kay Plumbing has the experts on hand to get your problems corrected and your building compliant. We know the Uniform Plumbing Code as well as local and municipal requirements. We can provide an accurate assessment of the solution to your problem that doesn't break the bank or take a month to work.