Sizing for plumbing

Sizing for plumbing

When planning a drainage system for your home, or in examining an existing system when planning a new installation, make sure that the vent, waste, and soil piping are adequate for the load they will be asked to carry. You can determine the size of the pipe needed fairly accurately you can arrive at a basic discharge figure for your system. By using Tables I and 2 you can calculate individual setup.

By totaling the number of units which can be discharged into a branch of the drainage system, can determine the minimum size of pipe for that branch. For example, if two units are being discharged into the drainage system, 1 1/2" pipe will be adequate; if nine units, not including a water closet, are being discharged, 2" pipe can be used; for totals up to 35 units, or if a water closet is included, 3" or 4" pipe should be used.

With the installation of one water closet, 3" pipe is sufficient, but for two or more water closets, 4" pipe should be used.

Table 3 shows how to size the soil or waste stack. Determine the number of fixture units by Table 1 and find the proper size of stack in 3. Remember, though, that no stack into which a water closet discharges should be less than 3" in diameter. The term "branch interval" used in Table 3 means a vertical length of stack of not less than 8 feet, within which branches are connected. The total fixture units on all branches connected to a stack within any 8-foot length should not exceed the maximum permitted by the table in one branch interval.

 

Table 1. Discharge of fixtures by units Table 2.Minimum sizes of drainage pipe by fixture
Discharge of fixtures by units Minimum sizes of drainage pipe by fixture
Table 3 Maximum fixture units on one stack  
Maximum fixture units on one stack

Sizing rain water piping

Local regulations on the disposal of rain or storm water are apt to vary. Some places permit this water to run off into the septic tank or public or private sewer; others insist that it be drained into a dry well. Regardless of which rule prevails, it is recommended that rain water be kept separate from sewage and that a separate pipe be used to connect the drained area with the disposal area. If this is done, the rain-water drainage piping can be a smaller, more economical size, and the danger of flooding the sewage system during a cloudburst or thunder shower is eliminated.

Storm-water piping size is determined by the area drained in horizontal projection, that is, the flat area in square feet on which rain may fall. Measurements of roof and other such areas may be estimated, but in doubtful cases the larger of two possible pipe sizes should be used.

Sizing house drain

The size of pipe to be used in a house drain is determined by the number of units drained by it. Proper diameters are: for 2 units, 1 1/2"; for 9 units, 2"; for 25 units, 2 1/2".

The size of any stack, house drain, or sewer must be, however, at least the size of the largest branch connected to it. The minimum size of a house drain receiving the discharge from a water closet should be 4" in diameter, and this pipe should continue full size to the vertical stacks receiving the discharge of water closets. Even without any water closets discharging into a system, the drainage system should have at least one 3" diameter stack extended full size through the roof.

Sizing vent pipe

The proper size for the vent stack is determined by the total fixture units of the soil or waste stack it serves. A branch vent is sized by the number of units connected to it and the length of the pipe itself. No vent pipe should be less than 1 1/4" in diameter, nor should a vent stack's diameter be less than half the diameter of the soil stack it serves. This means that with a 4" soil stack, vents cannot be less than 2" pipe. In determining the length of vent piping, regard length of stack and branches as being continuous.

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