Question on toilet vent...

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by I26, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. I26

    I26 Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    Reading, Pennsylvania
    The main drain in my house is located in the laundry room & comes down from the top floor to the basement, and into the foundation. A few years after moving in my wife noticed a straight pipe about 1-1/2" diameter x 18" coupled into the main line which is quite bigger. She once seen something drip onto the floor from this small pipe. I wasn't sure what it was so I applied a piece of duct tape to it as it looked like the tape on it deteriorated. What is a toilet vent? What is this pipe? I would include a pic but camera is at work.

    Ugly sketch is this: main drain coming down from top floor, bold pipe is the pipe in question...

    Thank You for taking a look and offering advice.

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  2. patrick88

    patrick88 Plumber

    Sep 3, 2007
    Webster Ma.
    It sounds like this pipe goes no place at all being 18"?
    If thats the case it is nothing. I'm sure it was for something a long time ago but the plumbing in your house has changed and it was discontinued. That is not uncommon in older houses that may have been worked on by none plumbers.
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  4. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Nov 23, 2006
    disabled-retired industrial fabricator
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    If that pipe is ABS or PVC, it would be a simple job to put a cap on it rather than tape. If it is metal, I would at least clamp on a rubber cap or maybe even a piece of rubber from a heavy inner tube if you cannot find a cap to fit.
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