When you plan to make alterations to any of your commercial buildings, you must also bring your building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Many property owners believe their buildings have been “grandfathered” into compliance because of age, but this isn’t the case. During property condition assessments, deficiencies in compliance may be found and, even if you aren’t considering alterations, you may need to bring your building in ADA compliance.
What Compliance Looks Like
Fortunately, correcting a non-compliance situation doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Take time to review accessibility guidelines and the standards set by the American National Standards Institute. For example, some specifics include
- A rectangle of 30×48 inches giving access to the sink that allows for nine inches of vertical clearance at the base and 27 inches at knee-height.
- Toilets must be positioned so that the center measures between 16 and 18 inches from each of the side walls. The height of the seat should be between 17 and 19 inches.
- Room for wheelchair maneuverability is crucial. Restrooms must have a clear 60-inch circle of space for wheelchairs to turn.
- Each designated measurement area must not be impeded by swinging doors.
Full information is available through the ADA government website. After becoming familiar with the standards, conduct an inspection of your property, measuring doorways and restrooms.
Multiple Approaches to Compliance
With these upgrades in mind, it’s time to contact commercial plumbing batavia professionals. These plumbing experts are generally familiar with the legal requirements of remodeling bathrooms and the most common compliance issues, as well as the flexible approaches to compliance. Practical approaches to making necessary changes are available. Other construction professionals offer similar assistance.
The Responsibility and Reward of Compliance
Remember that the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements apply to buildings in all states, and as a business owner, you must take the necessary steps to provide and maintain access to your existing properties. Even if your commercial properties are very old, you have a responsibility to work toward compliance. Ultimately, you’ll open up your business to many more customers who otherwise couldn’t access your goods or services.