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How to Ensure Your Plumbing Is Up to Code

Have you recently moved into a new home or are remodeling a dated kitchen, bathroom or laundry room?

One of the first steps in refreshing your space is to install all new plumbing fixtures and configure the layout. All the parts and tools you need are available at your local hardware store, so you may choose to do the job yourself rather than hire a professional, licensed plumber.

Before tackling any plumbing repair or remodeling project, do your research and understand the specific, unique challenges of do-it-yourself plumbing. It's important to consider your local plumbing codes and know whether you need to pull necessary permits for a proper installation. By ignoring plumbing codes, you may find your home lacks critical safety and performance features.

What Are Plumbing Codes?

A home's plumbing must conform to specific building codes outlined by your local municipality to prevent dangerous and unhealthy conditions. Plumbing codes are evolving standards that ensure:

  • Building safety and quality as fixtures, materials and methods improve and change over time. 
  • Health, comfort and wellbeing of everyone, ensuring professionals and structures adhere to ADA regulations and other considerations. 
  • Overall community health by communicating how to plumb clean water into buildings and safely remove and transport wastewater, protecting home and property owners from poor plumbing practices. 

Common Plumbing Codes

When tackling your own plumbing installation or replacement project, keep these basic plumbing codes in mind:

  • Fixtures must not be installed too close together or interfere with normal operations of windows, doors or egress openings. 
  • Determine the correct pipe sizes and materials for supply lines, drains and vents. Most city inspectors will accept copper plumbing for supply lines and PVC materials for drainage. 
  • Plumbing installation must not weaken the structure of a building. Some inspectors may require additional reinforcements for any joists that were cut to accommodate pipes.

Before ripping out fixtures or tweaking plumbing layouts, make sure to find specific plumbing codes for the state of New York and the city of Greater Syracuse. These standards provide guidance on proper plumbing installations, appropriate pipe and fitting materials, pipe protection measures, structural safety information and bathroom plumbing requirements.

Not Sure Where to Start? Trust Mr. Rooter of Greater Syracuse

Plumbing is one of the most intricate, complex systems in your home, and understanding local plumbing codes can be just as tricky.

Local homeowners throughout the Greater Syracuse, NY area rely on the expertise of Mr. Rooter of Greater Syracuse's licensed plumbers for all of their plumbing installation and repair needs. We bring dedication, professionalism and personalized solutions to every project.

At Mr. Rooter of Greater Syracuse, you can expect:

  • Free job estimates
  • Upfront, flat-rate pricing 
  • Convenient appointment times
  • 24-hour services with no overtime charges
  • Local, licensed plumbing experts

Contact Mr. Rooter of Greater Syracuse Today

If you need friendly, knowledgeable plumbing installation, repair and maintenance services in Syracuse, NY, contact the licensed professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. To learn more about our residential plumbing services or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 315-472-1203 or fill out our online contact form for a free project quote.