Bath venting w/ horizontal stack

michgeoJune 14, 2012

I have a small ranch house with a basement in SW Mich. I am in the process of a major bath remodel, meaning that walls are being moved and fixtures are being rearranged. At present, there is easy access to vents running through the attic, and to drains running across the basement ceiling.

Unlike typical drawings, there is not a continuous vertical stack from the roof through the basement floor into which branch drains tie. Instead, the 3" stack ties into a 3" horizontal drain in the basement ceiling, downstream from one of the toilets. The drain exits the house fairly high up on a basement wall.

For the remodel, the easiest way to conceal the 3" stack is to have it come down a wall at the upstream end of the horizontal drain, where it would attach via an upturned Y.

Hopefully, my feeble sketch shows the idea.

The toilet and other branch drains would enter via upturned Y-and elbows. The second bath would have its own 3" branch with separate vents.

Is this layout, with the stack vent at the upstream end, acceptable?

Thanks for your help.

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I guess this question isn't interesting, or otherwise unworthy. I don't know how to delete it, so I'll let this comment serve to drop it from the top of the forum. Thanks anyway... I'm off to review the code book.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 8:34PM
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WC's can be unvented for the longest stretch instead of being the shortest. This is safer for health reasons (fecal matter downstream not upstream).

You can vent the lav (sink) first, and the tub shower first also, with two vents or even a single vent, but all these vents can be and must be vertical. Consult others too, and do not ever think that any single internet post contains your answer.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 11:05AM
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If you under the IRC:

The lav vent is fine as shown and if the drain line from the tub is 1-1/2" and equal to or less than 6ft in length is does not require a vent.

If your under the UPC the lav is fine.

If the tub line is 1-1/2" it is limited to 3' 6" from the trap to the main drain without requiring a vent.
The code would also allow you to increase the pipe diameter by one nominal trade size, which would make it 2" aand that would allow you 5ft from the trap to the main drain.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 12:30PM
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