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Thread: Draining 10 Gallons per minute

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    DIY Junior Member Timster's Avatar
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    Mar 2010
    Los Angeles

    Default Draining 10 Gallons per minute


    I'm doing a remodel which includes a new master bath. My wife picked out a spa type shower that pumps upward of 10 gallons per minute. Does anyone know what size drain pipe I will need? Standard shower drain in these parts is 2", but I'm worried that it won't be able to keep up.

    In my application the shower will drain from the p trap, travel ~2" then turn 90 degrees down where it will travel approximately 9' down vertically before it has to make 3 more 90 degree turns before it connects with the 4" main sewer line.


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    Plumber jimbo's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    San Diego


    An intermittent flow of 8 to 15 GPM is rated as 2 DFU, and a 2" drain is OK for that. However, I think that a 3" drain, or two, 2" drains, would be advisable just in terms of not ever being ankle deep in the shower.


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