The Golden Rule of Handicap Plumbing
As a business owner, you are responsible for providing accessible facilities for employees or customers with physical handicaps. Under the codes of American with Disabilities Act (ADA), you need to follow certain standards when designing or renovating these public facilities.
Let’s start with the basic ADA guidelines in handicap plumbing for public toilets:
Large Floor Space
People with physical handicaps require larger space to accommodate their equipment. This is why the ADA mandates commercial establishments to have at least 30 inches by 48 inches dimension for toilet stalls to give extra space for a single wheelchair. The doorway should be 3 feet wide and must swing outward for easy access. There should also be enough room to move around the stall without any difficulty.
Fully Anchored Grab Bars
For anyone using a wheelchair, grab bars provide a convenient way of moving around the toilet stall independently. These also help prevent slips and falls if the floor is wet. Grab bars should be sturdy and fully mounted to a smooth surface to support any weight. The ADA recommends installing horizontal grab bars behind the toilet or the near side of the wall, from which disabled people can assist themselves on and off the toilet.
Comfortable Toilet Seats
As per the ADA standards, toilet seats should be more secured, accessible, and comfortable to accommodate people with special needs. The toilet seats should be elongated and raised, instead of small and round. The ADA recommends the toilet height to be between 17 inches to 19 inches from the floor to the top of the seat. This makes a huge difference when a person is sitting or moving from the toilet to the wheelchair.
Easy-Turn Faucets and Hand Dryers
The ADA defines a reach range with a minimum and maximum height when installing fixtures, such as faucets, paper towel dispensers, and hand dryers. This makes sure a person using a wheelchair or a cane can reach and operate bathroom equipment without any trouble. The ADA also recommends businesses to install motion activated or touch free devices for easier and more convenient use.
Compliance with the ADA standards of accessible design is important to provide overall satisfaction for your employees or customers. For more information about ADA compliance, our San Diego plumbing company can recommend the appropriate solutions for your business. Contact us for more suggestions on handicap plumbing.