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Is a backsplash required by code at a kitchen counter?

Saturday, June 11, 2022

A backsplash is not required by building codes for kitchen counters. But it's similar to towel bars and a toilet paper roll holder in a bathroom, in that it is expected by homebuyers. A backsplash serves two purposes: 1) it seals the joint between the countertop and back wall from accumulation of bits of food debris, and 2) prevents staining and damage to drywall behind it from splashed water. 

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Here’s links to some of our other articles about KITCHENS: 

• What are the minimum code requirements for a residential kitchen?

• Is a range hood exhaust fan required in the kitchen?

How far apart should kitchen counter receptacles be spaced? 

How does a home inspector inspect a refrigerator ice maker?  

Does a refrigerator water supply line require a shutoff valve behind it? 

Why is it important to use cabinet screws to mount the upper cabinets in the kitchen?  

• Why is an anti-tip device now required behind the range? 

• How far away from the sink can I install a dishwasher? 

• When was GFCI-protection for kitchen dishwasher receptacle outlet first required? 

• Can a dishwasher be wired to a kitchen counter small appliance receptacle circuit? 

• Can a dishwasher drain hose be connected after the sink trap (to the trap arm)? 

• What is a "high drain loop" or "air gap" in a dishwasher drain hose? 

When were GFCI receptacle outlets first required in the kitchen?  

How far above a kitchen countertop do electrical outlets have to be?

• Why is garbage disposal not allowed at a combination waste and vent (CW&V) under a sink? 

Why do septic tank contractors want you to get rid of your kitchen disposal? 

What is the average life expectancy of a garbage disposal?

• Is a range hood exhaust fan required to vent outside?

• Does a wall oven require venting to the exterior? 

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