What exactly is the inspector looking for?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by macska, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. macska

    macska New Member

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    What are the exact things that an inspector will check upon viewing the completed plumbing. Will the inspector always require a pressure test for replacement of old pipes?
  2. plumguy

    plumguy New Member

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    It all depends on the inspector and the amount of pipe replaced. But a normal test would be 125psi on water and 5psi on drains.
  3. plumguy

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    The inspector will also look for proper install by code and from reading you're other post... if you decide to use the cleanout as means of tying into the system expect to be failed.
  4. Kristi

    Kristi Tradesman Plumber

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    They'll be checking to make sure it's all installed up to code! Up here (Vancouver, BC) there's no short 90's in the drainage, no S-traps, the piping should drain downhill the whole way 1/4" per foot, proper venting, etc, ettc... it's really up to the individual inspector. Your local code is the best source of info, but isn't fun to navigate if you're not used to it. My inspectors usually let me get away without pressure testing drainage, but if you're a DIY homeowner, they will probably require one.
  5. Kristi

    Kristi Tradesman Plumber

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    lol... I just realized the same Plumguy!
  6. macska

    macska New Member

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    I was just curious why it wouldn't be allowed. I wasn't planning on doing it, I just want to understand why...the more I know the better my work will be in the long run :)
  7. plumguy

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    I think HJ explained it...it is not an approved fitting. A cleanout is not a wye it is a T and therefore is illegal. It is appreciated that you would replace it with another cleanout above..but because of the T design it can disrupt the flow of the drain and therefore is not allowed for the connection of a drain.
  8. macska

    macska New Member

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    I seem to missing something here, cause I just can't seem to wrap my head around the explanation. The cleanout in my system looks like this:

    Y

    not

    T

    I can understand why a T design would not be code, because water flows downhill and Ts are only only for vents, but I'm confused why a Y design would violate code.

    I appreciate those of you who are kind enough to help me out, as I am interested in learning as much as I can so I can do things right.
  9. plumguy

    plumguy New Member

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    We can only go by you're explaination which at this point is confusing. Post a picture if you can and that will clarify everything on both sides.
  10. plumguy

    plumguy New Member

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    Sarcasim and looking for help is not a good combo! Good Luck! ;)
  11. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    ode

    Last edited: Sep 17, 2005
  12. macska

    macska New Member

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    This is what my cleanout looks like. It's about a foot or so off the floor.

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  13. toolaholic

    toolaholic General Contractor Carpenter

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    We Want To See Your Work

    if you,re afraid to show us your work, what do you think the inspector is going to say? we,re here to help!
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