BCAB #1252 - Accessibility of Bathtub Faucet - B.C. Plumbing Code Article 1.7.2.
May 28, 1991
Re: Accessibility of Bathtub Faucet - B.C. Plumbing Code Article 1.7.2.
Large whirlpool bathtub in a single family dwelling.
Reason for Appeal
Article 1.7.2. requires "every fixture, appliance, interceptor, cleanout, valve, device or piece of equipment shall be so located that it is readily accessible for use, cleaning and maintenance."
The appellant maintains that the tub filler faucet is readily accessible and meets the requirements of the Code.
Building Official's Position
The building official contends that the faucet is located in such a position that one must get into the tub to turn on the water and this is an unsafe and possibly dangerous situation, especially for children. He considers the tub to have been installed wrong handed thus making the faucet inaccessible.
Appeal Board Decision #1252
The Board does not consider Article 1.7.2. applies to this situation. Although the Board agrees that the faucet would be more convenient if located at the opposite corner of the tub it does not consider the Code is intended to provide minimum levels of convenience. The faucet in this case meets the minimum requirement of being "accessible for use, cleaning and maintenance."
George R. Humphrey, Chair