There are a lot of potential code violations in your home that can go unnoticed until it is way too late. This is especially true when it comes to the plumbing in your house, as the pipes in your home are, for the most part, completely concealed either in the walls or underneath your floors.
When it comes to pipes that are actually helping to remove waste from your home's bathrooms, some of these violations may be the cause of a number of problems that have long had you baffled, whether toilets and sinks continually back up despite continued snaking or declogging, or unwanted smells in the bathroom refuse to go away even with repeated use of household cleaners.
In many cases, the problems come about due to the actual placement of the pipes. In order for wastewater to efficiently travel along the pipes and into either your property's septic tank or the sewer system, they have to be sloped at just the right angle.
Many municipalities have a code in place that allows a slope as subtle as 1/16 of an inch per foot, although this grade is hardly ideal. In reality, the perfect slope is about 1/4 of an inch, to make sure liquids move fast enough out of the pipes and solids don't get stuck to the walls.
The liquids need to help carry the solids out of the pipe, so if the slope is too extreme, at roughly 1/2 inch per foot, for example, the liquids will drain too quickly, leaving the solids behind.
Contact a Fairfax plumber to measure the slope of your pipes and readjust them when necessary. In order to prevent clogging and the other unwanted side effects of poor waste disposal, address this issue as soon as possible - especially if you have been battling clogs in the bathroom for some time.