This course provides licensees in Alaska with a master class in water heaters, followed by a survey of the most common, avoidable problems that affect plumbing in Alaska. The class is divided into two Modules:
Module #1 Water Heaters: A look at water heaters from every angle, including:
- How they work and available options;
- Proper sizing;
- Codes and Standards including highlights from the 2015 IPC© & 2015 UPC©;
- Venting, Cathodic Protection, Managing pressure & Expansion Tanks;
- Managing temperature & scalding risk;
- Using water heaters to heat spaces, floors, and driveways;
- Green water heaters including Water Conservation, Geothermal, Demand Hot Water Recirculating Systems & Solar Water Heaters; and
- Harmful microbes including Controlling Legionella.
- Best practices, including, Selection, Maintenance & Coping with DIY Plumbing
Module #2 What Could Go Wrong? Common Plumbing Problems: The class approaches this topic with the following lessons:
- Ten Common & Avoidable Plumbing Problems, including pipe noise; optimal slopes, mismatched pipes, air gaps, floor drains, cleanouts & handicapped access
- Traps – understanding them & what can go wrong
- Vents – principles, rules & a look at common, circuit, island & relief vents
- Cross-Connection – Risk Assessment; Causes (Siphonage & Back-Pressure); Protection Strategies, including Recommended Passive and Active Device Types for Specific Applications, and Potential Problems
- Corrosion Control, including Materials, Design, Protective Coating & Passivation, Cathodic Protection, Dielectric Protection & Water Treatment
- Customer-Created Problems – Drain abuse, DIY plumbers, and the role of professionalism
The next code update section of this course begins with the introduction to UPC and will cover how changes are described in the 2018 UPC, as well as how we’ll show changes to Sections as we cover each Chapter. Most of the time spent in this class is on how the 2018 UPC is organized, getting into the scope and purpose of each of the 17 Chapters, as well as the 13 Appendices. In it, we’ll go over a series of minor changes to the UPC Chapters, as it was updated from the 2015 version. We’ll cover the major changes, explaining how each of the major changes affects the plumber.
Reviewing Chapter 4 of the UPC that governs plumbing fixtures and fixture fittings, and we start off this class with each of the minor changes. We also cover the five major changes made to this Chapter, including the major change made to the Section on “Water Supply.”
Chapter 6 reviews topics like connections, pipe and fixture materials, supply tanks, and potable water piping. Chapter 7 of the UPC covers sanitary drainage, includes topics such as drainage systems, joints and connections for drainage piping, cleanouts, and building sewage systems.
The final class covers the Appendices. This class talks about recommended rules for sizing a water supply system, sustainable practices, and the peak water demand calculator.
Throughout the course, there are in-text questions that are there to test your knowledge and make sure you understand and retain the material in the course.
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- Course ID(s): AK 17823, 16686
- Approved By: Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development - Mechanical Inspection Div.
Chris D'Amato is the instructor and industry expert for Plumbing Trade Courses. With over 25 years experience, he has held a Journeyman Plumbing license since 2001 performing all aspects of plumbing in new construction, light commercial, remodels and service. Chris manages his own multifaceted plumbing shop coordinating a wide range of services from Property Management accounts to plumbing whole subdivisions and providing services to large living facilities for the the State of Oregon. In his tenure at AYPO he has helped thousands of plumbing licensees keep up with their continuing education requirements.