Plumbing Code Violation


A plumbing code violation is an occurrence where a home’s plumbing, or any of its constituent parts, fail to comply with any section, subsection or single element of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) as adopted by a municipality or locality.


Uniform Plumbing Code Overview


Designated as an American National Standard, the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) is a model code, developed by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), to govern the installation and inspection of plumbing systems as a means of promoting the public's health, safety and welfare.  The UPC is specifically designed to give consumers safe and sanitary plumbing systems while simultaneously encouraging the industry to innovate and provide new plumbing technology.


Municipalities and Localities:


Cities and localities (a specific place or area not incorporated into a city):


  • Adopt and enforce the UPC
  • Add additional codes and modify others as required to satisfy local needs, and
  • Review and implement changes and updates every three years consistent with the UPC updating process


Benefit of UPC


In brief, plumbing codes and the UPC:


  • Help ensure the proper performance of plumbing systems
  • Promote more efficient plumbing systems, and
  • Protect the health and safety of the public


Plumbing Code Violations Identification


Both residential and commercial buildings are subject to plumbing code violations.  For commercial buildings, code violations are regularly identified:


  • During routine city initiated plumbing inspections
  • During building renovation projects, or
  • When a complaint is filed by a building tenant or local agency


Residences also receive plumbing violations when:


  • Plumbing renovations are done without a permit
  • Homeowners attempt to use non-code complaint fixtures during a plumbing upgrade
  • Drainage system or general plumbing problems occur
  • A complaint is filed by a neighbor or other local agency


If a plumbing code violation(s) is received, it does not mean the homeowner has done anything intentionally wrong.  In general, plumbing code violations aren't deliberate - they mostly occur due to a lack of knowledge of the UPC.


Common Residential Plumbing Code Violations


Some of the most common residential plumbing code violations include:


  • Improper slope on drain pipes
  • Too few home sewer clean-outs
  • Improperly placed clean-outs
  • Wrong pipe fittings for a change of direction
  • Not enough space around the toilet


What to Do if You Are Given a Violation


When plumbing code violations are issued, they typically include a timeframe when the code violations must be fixed, and when the home’s plumbing must be brought into conformance with the city’s plumbing codes.  A failure to comply (corrections or timeframe) typically result in harsh sanctions and or financial penalties.


When a code violation is issued, it is time to call GPS Plumbing, a full-service plumbing company, at (469) 777 – 0217.  We will correct all plumbing code violations quickly and efficiently and bring the home’s plumbing into compliance with all applicable municipal and locality plumbing codes.


GPS Plumbing, a full-service plumbing company. fixes all plumbing code violations in commercial or residential buildings.  We know the plumbing codes and we know how to make your plumbing systems code complaint.


Our code violation plumbing services fix:


  • Inadequate drain slope
  • Inadequate number of sewer clean-outs
  • Improper placement of clean-outs
  • Unvented traps
  • Flat venting
  • Horizontal vent below flood rim
  • Inaccessible clean-outs
  • Inadequate air gaps
  • Inadequate space around toilets and basins
  • Piping installed incorrectly
  • Pressure and temperature relief of water heaters improperly installed
  • Inadequate combustion air
  • Other violations


If you have an outstanding plumbing code violation gives us a call.  We will fix it and all other violations and restore your plumbing to code compliancy.