Written by IAPMO 2:58 pm Uniform Codes Spotlight


June 29

From the 2021 UPC Illustrated Training Manual, Chapter 12, FUEL GAS PIPING

1210.7.2 Sediment Traps. The installation of sediment traps shall be in accordance with Section 1212.9. [NFPA 54:7.6.3]

Sediment traps, sometimes confused with drip traps, are installed to collect solid foreign particles to prevent such material from entering close-fitting parts or small passageways (e.g., valves and orifices). Sediment traps are identical to drip traps and are to be installed according to Section 1212.8 (see Figure 1212.9). Although some gases can contain foreign particles, this situation is not likely to be a problem in either utility gas or LP-gas because of the methods and equipment used in handling these products. Dirt and pipe material cuttings that are placed unavoidably in the system itself (usually during construction) and are present in limited amounts are the target of sediment traps. Thus, sediment traps seldom need to be opened for service or cleaning.

Many appliance manufacturers are incorporating sediment traps in their appliances, and a number of the ANSI Z21 standards for gas appliances require the installation of a sediment trap. Section 1212.9 requires the installation of a sediment trap at the time of installation of most appliances if they are not already equipped with one.

The 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code Illustrated Training Manual is available for purchase here.

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Last modified: June 29, 2023