We want to re-fit our bathroom with a new suite. The problem we have is that the soil stack runs up the corner of the bathroom wall (boarded in), and takes the soil pipe from the loo, plus the waste pipes from the bath and basin. (it also goes through the downstairs loo for that waste too) This projects into the bathroom by about a foot each way. If we could remove the upper part of the stack, leaving the lower part to take the loo waste, it would enable us to fit the basin and loo directly onto the wall and not have a boxed in effect. Our neighbours have done this to give themselves more space. My worry is. should the top of the soil stack should be vented somewhere ? I feel that by capping it off at bathroom floor level we might be causing problems in the future. i.e. smells ! What do you suggest ?
You must not cap off the pipe at all, inside or out Wally. The reason that it goes to the roof is that it takes the foul (flammable & toxic) gasses to above window level to release them. If you cap it it can only build up and became dangerous. There may be a chance you can fit an air inlet valve to the pipe if its cut down to basin level. See our project on air inlet valves and check with a local plumber ( Most plumbers will give advice for an hour if you pay them) if its ok to install a valve in your bathroom. The valves are commonly called Dirgo valves and the sanitary arrangements must comply with certain regulations before you can fit them.
i am a builder and currently in war with the client about the venting of the soil stack.
i have cut off the vent that finished 2 foot above gutter line and constructed a loft conversion and put a dirgo valve inside the roof space but also higher than the highest trap that is in the house.
i was hoping you could shed some light on this topic for me please.
the house is a terreced house 4 in from the end. i have several plumbers and building control officers tell me its ok but the client is adamit that it is incorrect.
what are your thoughts?
How far can a toilet waste pipe run horizontally? I'm fitting a new bathroom in my bungalow and the desired new toilet location is about a metre or so away from where the soil pipe goes through the floor. Would this be a problem :?:
Well obviously, a soil pipe cannot run horizontally at all - it must have a fall. Providing the fall is sufficient, then it can run any distance "horizontally".
You will find your problem is when fitting a normal elbow to connect the horizontal pipe to the connection in the ground, it makes the pipe about an inch higher than the outlet of the toilet so waste water would have to run uphill to flow away.
The only way I have found around this problem is to fix a right angle pan connector into the ground then the horizontal pipe into that. Doing this will leave the pipe pretty much touching the floor at one end, and 4 inches or so higher the toilet end giving the fall you need.
My 1970s detached bungalow doesn't have a soil/vent stack and no provision for one, my neighbour doesn't have one either. He has lived there since it was built and says no vent pipe was ever fitted. Is this right and what can I do about it. The toilet flushes vigorously.
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