What Is An Air Gap & Do I Need One?

November 9, 2015/ 0

If you are installing a dishwasher, you will need something called an air gap in order for your dishwasher to be up to code and safe. Air gaps are quick and easy to install and are highly important for proper dishwasher function.

An air gap is space between the water outlet and flood level of your dishwasher. More generally, an air gap is a plumbing part that ensures the dirty water exiting your dishwasher won’t feed back into the dishwasher again, leaving you with dishes that are dirty and contaminated. An air gap appears near the faucet on the top of the sink, and it is a small cylindrical part that sticks out above the counter top parallel to the faucet.

When installing an air gap, you will need to connect the top of the air gap cylinder to the drainpipe of your dishwasher, and connect the bottom to the sink drain or garbage disposal. For the ultimate in convenience, our Orange County and Los Angeles plumbers recommend hiring a professional to install an air gap. By doing so, you can ensure that your dishwasher will run at peak performance.

And even though there are some alternative ways to achieve the same effect of an air gap without using the actual part, the Uniform Plumbing Code along with many cities require that an actual air gap be installed for your plumbing to be considered to be up to code.

And when it comes to installing both dishwashers and air gaps, our Orange County and Los Angeles plumbers have you covered. With nearly 7 decades of pluming experience, no job is too large or small for our team.

For more information or to schedule an appointment a highly skilled Orange County or Los Angeles plumber from Jack Stephan, please give us a call at 1 (800) 464-7586.


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