Do I Need a Permit for a Home Plumbing Project
Getting a Plumbing Permit
Plumbing Project Permits Provide Public Safety
No matter what community you reside in, or the fact that you are doing the project yourself, you are required to get a permit for most plumbing projects, including the simple things like replacing a hot-water heater. To be issued a legal permit for your work, you must deliver three main components to your city or county Building Inspection Office, which is where you go to get your permit.
- A drawing of the site plan
- A water supply diagram
- A drain-waste-vent diagram
I will be describing what each of these drawings looks like, and how you can present them. By using these three drawing, you can satisfy the officials by proving your plumbing project meets code requirements. Once you have accomplished this task, he or she will issue you a plumbing permit, which gives you legal permission to begin your work. The building official will also prescribe an inspection schedule for your project. This means that as your plumbing project gets close to finishing, you will be asked to arrange for an inspector to visit your home while the pipes are still exposed. This gives the inspector a chance to review the installation and insure you have followed the rules for safe plumbing practices.
Plumbing do-it-yourselfers are in for a Surprise
We all know someone who has completed a complex plumbing project without getting a permit or giving inspections a single thought. I strongly suggest that you do not follow in their footsteps. To insure the safety of your home, family, and community you must comply with the legal requirements in your area. Just keep in mind that a flawed plumbing system can be dangerous, and it can potentially bring the value of your home WAY down! In the current real estate market, every dollar of value for your home is going to, literally count!
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1). What is a Plumbing Project Site Plan?
The plumbing site plan shows the location of the water main and sewer main with respect to your yard and home placement. The distances from your foundation to the water main and from the foundation to the main sewer should be indicated on this site plan.
Plumbing Project Site Plan Diagram
2). What is a Plumbing Project Water Supply Diagram?
This plumbing supply riser diagram for example, shows the length of the hot and cold water pipes and the relation of the fixtures to each other. The inspector will want to use this diagram to determine the proper size for the new water supply pipes you will be installing in to your new plumbing system. It basically defines the size and length of important plumbing components as well as how these will tie-in to the public system. This is the most important part of the project, as connecting to the city/county system requires that particular techniques and safety guidelines be met.
Plumbing Project Water Supply Diagram
3). What is a Plumbing Project Drain-Waste-Vent Diagram?
The drain-waste-vent (DWV) diagram is critical to your building official's inspection. The DWV is the unique plumbing project diagram that shows just what it is that you propose to do during your work. It shows the routing of drain and vent pipes in your system. You will want to make sure you indicate the lengths of drain pipes and the distances between fixtures. The official plumbing inspector will use this diagram to determine if you have properly sized the drain traps, drain pipes, and vent pipes in your home project.
Plumbing Project Drain-waste-vent Diagram
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What You Need BEFORE Starting Your Home Plumbing Project
Before beginning any home plumbing project, be certain to obtain the required permit for the job. You need to take all three of the needed diagrams of the project to your local city or county building department. To recap them, they are: a Site Plan, a Water Supply Diagram, and a Drain-Waste-Vent Diagram. If you neglect to acquire the proper permit for your home plumbing job, think about how much money you could be depreciating your homes value. And if that's not enough of a reason to get a plumbing permit, consider the potential risk and safety of those who live with and around you. Just do it, getting a plumbing permit is the right thing to do!
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