Written by IAPMO 3:35 pm Uniform Codes Spotlight


January 25, 2024

From the 2024 UPC Illustrated Training Manual, Chapter 9, VENTS

910.3 Vents. Each combination waste and vent system, as defined in Chapter 2, shall be provided with a vent or vents adequate to ensure free circulation of air. A branch exceeding 15 feet (4572 mm) in length shall be separately vented in an approved manner. The area of a vent installed in a combination waste and vent system shall be not less than one-half the inside cross-sectional area of the drainpipe served. The vent connection shall be downstream of the uppermost fixture.

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Last modified: January 25, 2024