Plumbing Product Testing

Will the pipes yield safe water? Will the faucet leak? Will the sink clog? Will the fixtures crack? These are among the many questions customers and code officials may ask about plumbing fixtures, water closets, urinals, lavatories, sinks, bidets, and other plumbing-related products. Manufacturers of these products know that getting a certification report or listing will provide their customers with the answers. But first, testing is to be conducted to demonstrate that the product meets the requirements of the applicable codes or standards.

ICC NTA can provide the test reports you need to obtain plumbing product certification. Our team of experts will work with you from the very beginning to determine your needs, create a tailored test plan, and establish a schedule to help you meet your objectives.

ICC NTA’s test labs are accredited to the ISO 17025 standard, ensuring that you and your customers can rely on the validity of our results. Our team understands how important timely test results are for your business goals and objectives — all our team members work together with you to efficiently conduct tests and prepare the test reports you need. We conduct performance and durability tests for various products, including but not limited to:

  • Plastic Pipes and Fittings (Potable, Drainage, Hydronic)
  • Plumbing Fittings (Faucets, Showerheads, Valves)
  • Plumbing Fixtures (Toilets, Urinals, Bathtubs)
  • Plumbing Waste Fittings (Drains)
  • Pools and Spas
  • WaterSense Products

As part of the International Code Council Family of Solutions, ICC NTA works directly with ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES) to help you obtain PMG (Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas) certification for your plumbing products. We work together to create tailored test plans that capture applicable requirements for your plumbing products. Below is a list of standards or criteria that may require testing for plumbing products:

Test Methods for Plumbing Fixtures

  • CSA B45.5 / IAPMO Z124 – Plastic plumbing fixtures
  • CSA B45.6 – Nonrecirculating toilets, vacuum toilets, and waste-holding tanks for use in recreational vehicles
  • CSA B45.7 – Self-contained, recirculating, chemically controlled toilets for use in recreational vehicles
  • CSA B45.8 – Terrazzo, concrete, composite stone, and natural stone plumbing fixtures
  • CSA B45.9 – Macerating toilet systems and waste-pumping systems for plumbing fixtures
  • ASME A112.19.1 / CSA B45.2 – Enamelled cast iron and enameled steel plumbing fixtures
  • ASME A112.19.3 / CSA B45.4 – Stainless steel plumbing fixtures
  • ANSI Z124.7 – Prefabricated Plastic Spa Shells
  • ANSI Z124.8 – Plastic Liners for Bathtubs and Shower Receptors
  • ASTM C346 – Standard Test Method for 45-deg Specular Gloss of Ceramic Materials
  • ASTM C282 – Standard Test Method for Acid Resistance of Porcelain Enamels (Citric Acid Spot Test)
  • ASTM F462 – Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Slip-Resistant Bathing Facilities (Withdrawn 2016)
  • ASTM E805 – Standard Practice for Identification of Instrumental Methods of Color or Color-Difference Measurement of Materials
  • ASTM E1347 – Standard Test Method for Color and Color-Difference Measurement by Tristimulus Colorimetry
  • ASTM G151 – Standard Practice for Exposing Nonmetallic Materials in Accelerated Test Devices that Use Laboratory Light Sources
  • ASTM D2244 – Standard Practice for Calculation of Color Tolerances and Color Differences from Instrumentally Measured Color Coordinates
  • IAPMO PS 106 – Tileable Shower Receptors and Shower Kits

Test Methods for Water Closets, Urinals, Lavatories, Sinks, Bidets

  • ASME A112.19.2 / CSA B45.1 – Ceramic plumbing fixtures
  • AS/NZ 1172.1 – Water closets (WC) – Pans
  • AS/NZS 3982 – Urinals
  • AS/NZ 6400 – Water efficient products – Rating and labeling
  • ASME A112.4.2 – Personal Hygiene Devices for Water Closets
  • EPA WaterSense High-Efficiency Flushing Urinal Specification, Version 1.0
  • EPA WaterSense Specification for Tank-Type Toilets, Version 1.2
  • EPA WaterSense Specification for Flushometer-Valve Water Closets, Version 1.0
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