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The ABC’s of Plumbing – ADA

Posted on: June 21, 2016

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law, passed in 1990, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. The term “disability” means a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individuals.

Among the provisions in the law are requirements that have a role in how plumbing products are designed to make bathrooms more accessible. ADA-compliant plumbing, when properly installed, is fully compliant with the current requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), as legislated by the ADA.

If your remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you have no obligation to follow ADA code. However, there are many benefits to doing so, including potential use by aging family members, added resale value, and the fact that you’ll be creating a space that can be used by anyone who visits your home, regardless of their range of abilities.

Have questions about ADA compliant or accessible plumbing design? Call ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric, we can help.

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