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A plumber’s work is guided by government code standards and by the requirements of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Plumbers install pipes that help to create a sanitary and comfortable environment by moving water, gas, waste and other substances. Plumbers help to heat and air-condition our buildings, to remove sewage, and to provide clean, available water. Plumbers can incorporate principles of Universal Design so that homes and offices are attractive and accessible regardless of an individual’s disability status.


Plumbers are essential for a sanitary home, and their work makes a home more functional and comfortable.Plumbers install and maintain pipes and other equipment that make it possible for substances such as water and gas to move from one place in your home to another. These pipes make the removal of waste material possible. They power furnaces, stoves, and other appliances that use gas to function. They conduct heat in your home during the winter, and cool air during the summer.  Without the skilled work of plumbers, your water could contain waste material. You might turn a faucet and find it dry.

 Plumbers work independently, or as part of a team that can include architects, carpenters, electricians and other tradesmen.A license is required for plumbers in many states, and an additional license may be necessary if a plumber works with gas. A plumber’s work is guided by government code standards and by the requirements of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Needless to say, a homeowner should carefully assess the qualifications and experience of the tradesmen with whom a plumber is associated.

 Through the application of Universal Design principles, plumbers can promote the independence and personal dignity of people with disabilities by creating safe access to sanitation. The features of universal design reflect the belief that attractive, accessible environments can be designed in a cost effective manner, and used by people regardless of their disability status. The philosophy of Universal Design, first developed in the United States and England during the 1950’s-1960’s, is supported by decades of successful experience.The concepts of Universal Design have become increasing relevant as populations age in industrialized societies, develop disability, and choose to remain at home.

There are numerous practical applications of Universal Design principles in plumbing.  Hinges are one example of the helpfulness of such principles in creating access to adequate sanitation for people with physical disabilities. Swing-clear hinges can be installed on bathroom doors to increase the width for a wheelchair. Reversed hinges can be installed on bathroom doors and showers to make physical management easier for a caretaker.

Plumbing is essential to the safety and comfort of your home, and experienced plumbers can address disability issues related to sanitation. When you assess a plumber’s qualifications, confirm that s/he is licensed. Inquire about familiarity with code, ADA requirements, and experience in working with people who have disabilities. You may wish to check on a plumber’s insurance coverage. Discuss you specific requirements, and make certain that the plumber is experienced in he application of Universal Design principles. Ask a prospective plumber if s/he knows where to find decorative resources as well as practical resources.


*Service Providers who are certified by the Disability Know-It-All LLC have successfully met the requirements of our assessment process and successfully participate in our company's education program.
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