Close

Site Information

Blog

Plumbing Affects Your Potty But Not The Way You Think Part 2

Posted on

Even if you have nothing to do with toilets besides regularly using one, it’s important to read your local plumbing codes and know your rights when it comes to both public bathroom and commercial bathroom accessibility.

If you read part one of our blog, then you’re already caught up on why the varying plumbing codes should be important to you as a business owner. The short of it, is that the varying plumbing codes changes the mandate of what qualifies as a public restroom.

In the United States of America, the plumbing codes vary depending on the region of the nation that you live in. However, first we think it’s important to define the difference between a code of standards and laws.

Model Codes vs Laws

What is the difference between a model code and a law? Great question! In fact, model codes are most similar to uniform laws. Often, model codes become the basis for uniform laws but cannot be enforced in the same way that a law can. The idea of a uniform law is to create and regulate a standard for something (like public bathrooms) across a vast area of land.

Regions

Western States

Most of the states in the American West follow the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), a collection of codes and mandates much less comprehensive than the IPC.

Maryland & New Jersey

The states of Maryland and New Jersey follow the National Standard Plumbing Code (NSPC). It’s a code developed by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. This is also a great resource for researching state specific codes and other plumbing related codes. As far as the NSPC is concerned, it’s a collection of codes that evolves yearly and covers necessary materials, fixtures, and amenities to meet their standards.

Illinois

It should be no surprise that Illinois does not adopt any type of national code. Instead, the state follows their own personal standards that are special to the land of Lincoln. We find this unsurprising because Illinois has a history of being the first to adopt laws and follow their own policies, regardless of what the rest of America is doing.

Massachusetts

The Bay State developed their own code of standards for public restrooms called the Uniform State Plumbing Code (USPC). It’s a 152 page document that covers more than just plumbing. The most important part in relation to providing accessible bathroom amenities would be section 10.10 detailing plumbing fixtures.

New York City

As of right now, New York City has their own plumbing standards however there have been recent efforts by the state to coax the Big Apple into adopting the International Plumbing Code. Prospects look promising.

Enforcing The Codes

Given that model codes cannot be enforced in the same way that laws can, the organizations find these codes difficult to legally enforce. This is why it is often pushed for these codes to become the base in which the organizations lobby for the laws similar to their code to be passed. As of right now, this is the best the organizations can hope for in establishing a legally binding standard. For now, those who follow their code (whatever it might be depending on the state) are rewarded with prestige and other benefits.

If this article inspired you to begin research into your own state and its laws, that’s great! It’s also important to note that at Restroom Stalls and All we believe in accessibility and equality for all people seeking a commercial or public bathroom. We provide high quality materials and fixtures, as well as knowledgeable installation expertise that you need to take your bathroom to the next level. Provide your clients with the best instead of the bare minimum and elevate yourself from inferior bathrooms and businesses around you. Contact us today!

Plumbing Affects Your Potty But Not The Way You Think Part 1

You may be thinking just from the title that today we’re going to be talking about toilets. However, we suggest you read on because you’ll find that not to be the case. Did you know that there is no standard plumbing regulations across the United States of America? It seems like one of those things that [...]

Read More »


Um, Privacy Please!

Why are there giant gaps in the bathroom stalls?! Whether you’re a tourist or an American native, everyone has asked this question at least once after walking into a public restroom here in the states. Just Googling the question garners a variety of responses from “I don’t know but it’s ridiculous” to wild, unfounded conspiracy theories [...]

Read More »


Remodeling the “Bodega Bathroom” From Television’s Saturday Night Live

“Tall child,” John Mulaney, brought the laughs during Saturday Night Live on March 2nd with his stellar hosting performance and hilarious skits. The Comeback Kid was returning to his old stomping ground — he was a writer there for six seasons in his early 20s — for a second time within the past year. Much to [...]

Read More »


Benefits of Baby Changing Stations for Business

There is a lot that goes into running a business. As many business owners have found out the hard way, it's not just about doing the work well (although that is integral as well). How your business is viewed by the public is important too. One common mistake that businesses make is not investing in [...]

Read More »


Benefits of Installing Grab Bars

As a business owner or manager, chances are you like to have a hand in every part of your business to ensure that it is running smoothly. There is one important aspect to business that many owners neglect, and that is the bathroom. More obvious to customers and clients than employers, the state of a [...]

Read More »


A History of the Toilet

Here at Restroom Stalls and All, we know how important, yet how easy to overlook, your company bathrooms are. We do sell toilet partitions and toilet accessories. They are one of the bigger impressions you will make on a customer, right up on par with your service. Rightly so, they take care of an important [...]

Read More »


How Soap Works

We all love a well stocked bathroom, it's the last place we want to be stuck on a busy day. That means a well cleaned toilet and bathroom stalls, as well as a full array of bathroom accessories. If your business needs any of these things, you need to check out the products we offer [...]

Read More »


Benefits of Hand Dryers

Here at Restroom Stalls and All, we know the importance of a well stocked company bathroom. While cleanliness and amenities in bathrooms are more important in some industries than others, an unclean or badly stocked bathroom will leave a bad impression no matter what kind of business you run. Considering how much the average business [...]

Read More »


Restroom Maintenance Tips

The modern business in America is a well oiled machine if managed properly. That means that every part needs to be functioning for the business to be working properly, from employee work quality and conduct, to PR and marketing image, to the state of your company bathroom. Have you ever gone into a public restroom [...]

Read More »