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Thread: Laundry Standpipe and Venting

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    DIY Junior Member Juan for the road's Avatar
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    Default Laundry Standpipe and Venting

    I opened up a wall on the first level of my brothers 2 story,built on slab house.He wants to locate a laundry adjacent to a first floor bathroom.I located the 4" main stack(cast iron) and found an old 1 1/2" standpipe(galvanized) connected to a threaded sanitary tee about a foot off the floor.The sanitary tee outlet is a 2" that was reduced to 1 1 /2" for the standpipe.The standpipe was open and uncapped (uggh),and hidden behind a cavity wall for the plumbing.

    The 4" main stack is vented straight up through the roof above the 2nd floor bath.It serves the two baths and the kitchen sink.Below the sanitary tee in the stack,the stack feeds into the building drain under the slab and out of the house,with a house trap and cleanout,then out.

    I would like to install a laundry standpipe in the same location of the old one more or less.I would like to do it in 2" pvc this time.Do I need to provide additional venting? An atmospheric vent is all that would be practical if we have to.

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    Last edited by Terry; 08-26-2012 at 03:42 PM.

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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    It needs a vent and a trap. You may not need to go all the way through the roof with it. If the sink nearby is properly vented, you can tie into that at least 42" above the floor (or 6" above the flood plane of the things that vent works on, whichever is higher) which is called a re-vent.

    The thing to keep in mind is that when a line is a drain, it can no longer be used as a vent and vice versa. Dumping directly into a 4" pipe, you might get by without a vent, but it would not pass code, but if that 4" line is used as the drain for the upstairs baths, it should not be used as a vent for things below. Dumping it in below the traps of the nearby sink may just suck that trap dry when the WM runs without a proper vent.
    Jim DeBruycker
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