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    DIY Junior Member rmaynard's Avatar
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    Default What is this pipe?

    Attached is a picture of a basement floor with bathroom rough-in. The plumber that did the work is no longer in business so I can't ask him for an answer.

    What is item "D"?

    A - is for sink and includes vent
    B - 4" line for toilet (even though it is roughed in only 11" from wall.
    C - I think is for the shower, but it is positioned in the plane of the wall

    D - Is the item in question. It is 5" thin-wall and is plugged about 6" below the level of the floor.

    E - Is a 3" drain for who knows what?

    I know that I am going to have to excavate the concrete and move the shower drain and toilet, but I need to know if I can cap and cover the item in question (D)

    F - is a cleanout and stack vent

    This house is on city sewer.

    Thanks for the help.
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    Default pipes

    The locations of the pipes mean nothing. How the pipes are connected together under the floor will dictate what their purpose is. That could be a "sleeve" for a bathtub trap, or whatever else the installer intended it for. A pipe in a wall is usually a vent NOT a drain unless it has a fixture connection in it.

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    New construction? If so D may be a radon vent.

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    That seems to be the general consensus of opinion. This is about 10 years old. Most new construction that I have run into has one of these. The thing that is confusing is that it is in the middle of the floor. I would think that for the convenience of the homeowner, the plumber would place it closer to the wall where you would evenually place a radon pump.
    Thanks for the response.

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    Default an uneducated guess

    In my town D could be an access for a backwater valve on the soil pipe. It would be close -- but maybe not THAT close -- to the riser.

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