Look at the photo below. What you are looking at is a sink/lavatory in a toilet room of a public building. Specifically a restaurant. In terms of ADA compliance, meaning Americans with Disabilities Act, what’s wrong? (HINT: The sink and faucet are accessible, in other words, OK within ADA standards.)
Still not sure? OK, I’ll zoom in on the real issue. See the photo below.
ANSWER: The water supply and drain pipes below the sink are exposed. 2010 ADA Standard 606.5, [Lavatory] Exposed Pipes and Surfaces, states, “Water supply and drain pipes under lavatories and sinks shall be insulated or otherwise configured to protect against contact. There shall be no sharp or abrasive surfaces under lavatories and sinks.” So these pipes should be insulated or otherwise configured to protect against contact. Think about a handicapped person in a wheel chair trying to pull up to use the sink. If the pipes are exposed, they could get burned from hot pipes or injured from abrasive surfaces or edges. There is more than one way to do this correctly. The photo below is one common installation where insulation was installed.
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