This class covers the changes made during the 2015-2018 code review of the 2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC) and Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC). Each change in this class is presented in a "cut-and-paste" format with any deletions and additions clearly shown. Each change is then discussed for the reason it was made and how it impacts a working HVAC contractor or technician, based in part on the proceedings of the ICC Technical Committees. The class takes the form of 23 lessons:
Introduction to the UPC
This lesson serves as an introduction to the Uniform Plumbing Code, and covers how the UPC is organized, and includes the scope and purpose of each Chapter and Appendix.
Changes to Chapter 2 of the UPC
This lesson covers all of the ways that the terms and definitions in this Chapter were updated, including changes to the terms "Patient Care Space" and "Plumbing System".
Changes to Chapter 3 of the UPC
This lesson covers the major and minor changes to Chapter 3 of the UPC, including the scope and purpose of Chapter 3, the addition of a new Section on "Sound Transmission" and changes to "Installation Practices", with detailed explanations of how the major changes to general regulations impact all aspects of work in the field.
Changes to Chapter 4 of the UPC
This lesson covers the major and minor changes to Chapter 4 of the UPC, Fixtures, Faucets and Fixture Fittings, including how the "Design and Installation of Plumbing Fixtures" was changed.
Changes to Chapter 5 of the UPC
This lesson covers both the major and the minor changes to Chapter 5 of the UPC, including detailed explanations of how the major changes affect installation and maintenance of water heaters, including revisions of "Installation in Residential Garages" and how the major changes made to "Plastic Piping" affect the plumber.
Changes to Chapter 6
This lesson covers a wide number of changes to Water Supply and Distribution, one of the central areas of concern to plumbers, including the requirements of the new Section, "Chemical Dispensers".
Changes to Chapter 7
This lesson covers the major or minor changes to Chapter 7 of the UPC, detailing each update made to the Chapter and explaining how they affect the plumber, including the clearance requirements for cleanouts in piping.
Changes to Chapters 8, 9, and 10 of the UPC [Indirect/Special Waste; Vents; Traps, Interceptors and Separators]
This lesson covers all of the changes to three Chapters, including requirements for PVC exposed to sunlight, and a new Section, "Trap Seal Primers".
Changes to Chapter 11 of the UPC
This lesson covers the major and minor changes to Chapter 11 on storm drainage, including detailed explanations of how the major changes affect the plumber and how to maintain a storm drainage system in accordance with the current provisions of the UPC.
Changes to Chapter 13 of the UPC
This lesson covers the purpose and standards for Chapter 13 and the major changes to Chapter 13 on Health Care Facilities and Medical Gas and Medical Vacuum Systems, including detailed explanations of how those changes affect the plumber.
Changes to the Appendixes of the UPC
This lesson covers the major changes to the UPC Appendixes, including their scope and purposes. the current sustainable practices described in Appendix L, and how to utilize the Peak Water Demand Calculator.
Introduction to the International Plumbing Code (IPC)
Reviews the Purposes, Scope, and Organization of the IPC as well as differences between Performance vs. Prescriptive Standards.
Changes to Chapters 1 and 2 of the 2018 IPC
Introduces the New Commentary Text added at each Chapter Head and reviews the changes to Definitions for Accessible, Full-Open Valve, Press-Connect Joint, Registered Design Professional, Public Swimming Pool & Swimming Pool.
Changes to IPC Chapter 3 General Regulations
Reviews changes to 303.4 Third-Party Certification, 303.5 Third-Party Certification for Cast-Iron Pipe, 305.1 Corrosion Protection for Metallic Piping, 305.6 Protection Against Physical Damage, 308.5 Hanger Spacing Table, 308.6 Sway Bracing for Drainage Piping, and 308.10 Thermal Expansion Tank Support.
Changes to IPC Chapter 4 Fixtures Faucets and Fixture Fittings
Covers the Reorganization of Chapter 4, changes to Table 403.1 Gaming Area Plumbing Fixtures, and to Sections 403.1.2 Single User Toilet Facility Identification, 403.1.3 Distribution of Lavatories, 403.2 Facilities for Small Business Occupancies, 403.3 Location of Required Toilet Facilities, 405.3.1 & 405.3.5 Clearances for Plumbing Fixtures, 405.5 Pumped Waste Plumbing Fixtures, 409.1 Residential Dishwasher Standard & 409.4 Residential Dishwasher Waste Connection, 411.3 Emergency Shower Temperature Control, 412.7 Flow Limiting Device for Hot Water Discharge, 412.10 Head Shampoo Sinks & 423.3 Footbaths and Pedicure Baths.
Changes to IPC Chapter 5 Water Heaters
Changes to 502.1 Solar Water Heating, 504.6 Insert Fittings on T&P Valve Piping, and 504.7 Water Heater Drain Pan.
Changes to IPC Chapter 6 Water Supply and Distribution
Looks at revisions to Section 602 Water Required, 602.3.1 Standard for Water Well Construction, 605 Materials Joints and Connections, 607.3 Thermal Expansion Control Devices, 608 Backflow Protection, 608.12 NSF 61-Compliant Tanks, and 611.1 Point of Use Reverse Osmosis Systems.
Changes to IPC Chapter 7 – Sanitary Drainage
Key changes to 701.2 Connection to Sewer Systems, 701.8 Drainage Piping above Food Areas, 702.3 Polypropylene Piping, 703.4 Reuse of Buried Drain and Sewer Piping, 704 Grease-Laden Waste Piping Slope & Reduction of Pipe Size, 705.16.4 PVC to ABS Solvent Cement Joint, 709.3 GPM Drainage Flow to DFU Conversion, 712.3.2 Ejector Sump Cover Elevation, 712.4.2 Waste Ejector Solids Size, 713 Health Care Plumbing and 716 Pipe Bursting Replacement of Drains.
Changes to IPC Chapters 8 through 11 Indirect/Special Waste; Vents; Traps, Interceptors and Separators; & Storm Drainage
Covers Reorganization of Chapter 8, 802.4.3.1 Laundry Tub Connection, 918.8 Prohibited Installations for AAVs, 1003.3.2 Discharge of Disposers to Grease Interceptors, 1003.3.3 Additives to Grease Interceptors, Table 1102.4 Types of Piping for Storm Sewers, 1103.4 Cleanouts, 1106.5 Roof Drainage Scuppers, 1108.3 Sizing of Secondary Drains.
Changes to IPC Chapters 13 through 15 Nonpotable & Subsurface Landscape Irrigation Systems & Referenced Standards
A review of Green Plumbing Practices and IPC Chapter 13 Nonpotable Water Systems, including revisions to 1301.6 Components and Materials, 1301.9 Tank Location, Access to Tanks, and Draining, 1302.2 Water Sources for On-Site Reuse, 1302.7.2 Gray Water Storage Tanks, 1303.1.1 Rainwater for Fire Protection Systems, 1303.15.2 Testing First-Flush Diverter, and 1303.15.8&9 Rainwater Quality. Finishes with a look at Chapter 14 Subsurface Landscape Irrigation Systems and Chapter 15 Referenced Standards.
Common (But Avoidable) Plumbing Problems
What creates and how to deal with Noise in the pipes, Leaks, Corrosion, and mistakes in Drainage Piping, Combustion Air, and Clearances and Handicapped Access.
Traps and Vents
A survey of How Traps Work and What Can Go Wrong followed by Design Considerations for Venting Systems.
What to look for and What Can Be Done when encountering DIY Plumbers, Drain and Plumbing Fixtures Abuse, People MacGyvering Frozen Pipes, and Customers Ignoring Plumbing Problems.
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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.