Written by IAPMO 2:13 pm Uniform Codes Spotlight


September 7

From the 2021 UPC Illustrated Training Manual, Chapter 7, SANITARY DRAINAGE

707.9 Clearance. Each cleanout in piping 2 inches (50 mm) or less in size shall be so installed that there is a clearance of not less than 18 inches (457 mm) by 18 inches (457 mm) in front of the cleanout. Cleanouts in piping exceeding 2 inches (50 mm) shall have a clearance of not less than 24 inches (610 mm) by 24 inches (610 mm) in front of the cleanout. Cleanouts in under-floor piping shall be extended to or above the finished floor or shall be extended outside the building where there is less than 18 inches (457 mm) vertical overall, allowing for obstructions such as ducts, beams, and piping, and 30 inches of (762 mm) horizontal clearance from the means of access to such cleanout. No under-floor cleanout shall be located exceeding 5 feet (1524 mm) from an access door, trap door, or crawl hole.

For practical reasons, a cleanout shall have sufficient clear space in front of the cleanout or around it so that it can be accessed to serve the purpose for which it is intended. The above clearances are for the benefit of the service plumber. They allow enough room for a repair to be completed without too much disruption to the occupants in the building and so the job can be done quickly and efficiently (see Figure 707.9).

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