Most of us can remember sitting in our desks at school and watching the front of the classroom as the teacher rose from their desk. We knew it was the day they handed back our grade from the test we took earlier that week. Some of us had high hopes and confidence in our good outcome, and some of us felt like we wanted to sink into the floor because we knew what the red ink would say. While a plumbing inspection might not carry the same weight it would in school (seeing as how you most likely would have to come home and answer for your poor grade to your parents), a failed plumbing inspection will impact your pocketbook as an adult. Today we will talk about 5 tips to boost your success for passing a plumbing inspection.
1. Check the size of your washing machine drain pipes.
If your washing machine has been plumbed with one and a half inch pipes, you will have already occurred a violation. This is because the new plumbing code calls for a minimum of two inch piping. Additionally, be sure that your stand pipe is between 18 and 30 inches in height and about 6 to 18 inches off the floor.
2. Do all your main stacks have a clean-out?
If you have enclosed your main stack using a regular coupling or other solution, it will mean a “no go” for your plumbing inspection pass. A clean out or Y is required by code, and don’t forget to position it so as to make it as accessible as possible for access with a snaking machine!
3. Make sure to measure your bathrooms!
The code calls for certain spacing dimensions in the bathroom as well. Toilet flanges must have a clearance of a minimum of 15 inches on each side.
4. Plumbing vents, too high or too low?
If a plumbing vent is installed below the flood level of a fixture, a blockage could rise sewage up into the vent causing permanent damage. Plumbing vents should be tied in 6 inches above all fixtures, and if there is no fixture, then 42 inches off of the ground.
5. Stop banging pipes with the updated methods. Installing shock absorbers designed for the job are called for by the code in the place of older methods which use a capped 18 inch pipe.
Hopefully by following these tips today you will have much success at passing a plumbing inspection at your home or business. If you would like to make sure that all your bases are covered, give Jack Ward & Sons Co. a call at (615) 227-2811 today and let us help prepare your home. We will make sure all of your plumbing is up to code and safe and effective for your family.