When most people think of plumbing, they think of the pipes underneath their sinks, the sink drains, and the toilet. However, plumbing encompasses much more than just the things you see everyday – including waste drainage and water safety issues – and there are therefore some very strict government guidelines when it comes to the installation and repair of plumbing systems. Here are some of the most important plumbing regulations you may not know: Board of Health approval – Any plumbing plan that is installed to deliver or drain water – in any commercial or residential property – must be approved by the State Board of Health. All plans and specification for the plumbing job must be submitted to the board for prior approval before the work begins, and these plans will stay on file with the Board of Health. Additionally, no plumbing work may be covered or concealed until it has been signed off on by a Board of Health official as meeting necessary standards and falling in line with the submitted plans and specifications. Registration and licensing – No plumber can do plumbing work, or even advertise plumbing services or materials, without first being properly registered and licensed by the Board of Health. Registration requires the submission of a verified and approved business name and place of business. If a plumber changes business names or addresses, it is necessary to acquire new licensing and registration with the updated information before working or advertising plumbing services. Sewer or drain connection – Any and all plumbing in both residential and commercial buildings absolutely must be separately connected, from the outside, to a public sewer or drainage system (if provided). In the case that there is no public sewage system to connect to, the plumbing system must be separately and independently connected to a private drainage and sewage system that is laid fully outside of the building premises. If a sewage system is not possible or accessible, then an appropriate purification system, irrigation system, or cesspool must be in place. Additionally, several buildings may connect to the same sewage and drainage system, as long as the connections are separate. Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555 In the DC area (301) 204-2555.