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SOURCE: Robert Beall
Mr Rooter Tip Of The Day: Choosing drain pipe sizes plumbing tip from Pittsburgh’s trusted plumber, Mr Rooter. Follow these simple rules of thumb to prevent clogged drains.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) December 11, 2012
“You must pick a drainpipe diameter large enough to keep the fluid from slowing down (you need at least 2-ft. per second) and to allow air in the pipe at all times,” says Mr Rooter. Bob Beall, master plumber and owner of Mr Rooter Plumbing, offers free expert plumbing advice daily to consumers in the Southwest Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio region.
“Practically speaking, there are four different pipe diameters to work with: 1 1/2 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, and 4 inch,” says Beall. Mr Rooter recommends staying away from 1 1/4 inch because its small diameter can become easily clogged and fill with water.
“There are very complicated tables the consumer can use to help choose minimum pipe diameters, but the following simple tips will keep you out of trouble,” says the most referred and trusted plumber in Pittsburgh and Youngstown.
Mr Rooter Tip Of The Day
Tip #1 Use 1 1/2-inch pipe only for short runs from a single fixture and immediately next to a fixture trap, such as a lavatory or kitchen drain.
Tip #2 Use 2-inch pipe for long horizontal runs to a single fixture (like the kitchen sink) or two fixtures on a single drain line (called a branch).
Tip #3 If the kitchen sink is on an isolated island, use 3-inch pipe. For more than two fixtures on a branch, use 3-inch pipe.
Tip #4 Use 4-inch pipe for the main drain line in the house, typically from the toilet to the septic tank or city sewer line.
Tip #5 You can run 3-inch pipe to a second toilet off the 4-inch line from the first toilet. If you have three toilets, take 4-inch pipe at least all the way to the second toilet.
Trade Secret: “For older houses that use 3-inch pipe as the largest pipe in the house, then that is what you will have to live with. Everything may work fine, but you have a much higher chance of clogs and venting problems, especially if you have more than one toilet on the line,” says Mr Rooter.
The Problem With S Traps
S traps are almost impossible to vent properly. The 3/4 S trap forms a perfect siphon. The problem with S traps is that the waste water may siphon out, causing the trap to lose its liquid seal. Every plumbing fixture, such as sinks, tubs and showers, should have a proper trap. Toilet traps are built into the bowl of the toilet. In older construction, there are thousands of S traps in use. Older building codes did not address this issue. In many cases it may be very difficult to change an S trap to a P trap, which is preferred.
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