Vent requirement for basement floor drain (Canada)

Discussion in 'Canadian Plumbing Code Questions' started by grahamW, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. grahamW

    grahamW New Member

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    I'm contemplating my options for locating a 2" vent in my basement which will serve my relocated laundry and floor drain. I was talking with a fellow at the local (independent) plumbing store and he advised that, in Canada, a floor drain does not need to be vented if it is minimun 3" in size, and the trap arm (pipe from the main drain to the trap) is a minimum of 16" long, maximum 12 feet with 1/4" per foot grade on it. Can anyone here confirm this? For what it is worth, my current basement floor drain isn't vented.
  2. mikeplummer

    mikeplummer Plumber

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    you don't need to vent the floor drain provided:
    it is not less than 3"
    length of fixture drain (trap arm) is not less than 18"
    the fall does not exceed the size of pipe (3" fall for 3" pipe)
    it is connected to horizontal drain that terminates at its upstream end in a 3" stack
  3. jpb123

    jpb123 New Member

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    Can the trap arm be less than 18" if it is within a certain distance of a stack or vent?
  4. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    The guy from Iowa should not take advice from the guy from Canada, as the plumbing code is not the same.
  5. mikeplummer

    mikeplummer Plumber

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    very true...
    to answer the question ...no ... trap arm canèt be less than 18"...period
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