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Bathroom Plumbing Supply & Drainage Systems - Part 2

Bathroom Drainage & Venting System:

Part 1

Part 3

Not providing proper and adequate drain line venting is usually the biggest mistake that the home handyman makes when installing or moving parts of a drainage system.

For proper and safe operation, at a minimum the drain line venting should be installed if the fixture is more than 6 feet away from the vent pipe connection. Figures 1 and 2 provide examples of proper venting:

lavatory drain if within 6 feet of vent stack
Figure 1 - With bathroom fixture less than 6 feet from the vent stack, there is no need to create a secondary vent connection to the stack.
lavatory venting - drain exceeding 6 feet from vent stack
Figure 2 - With the bathroom fixture farther than 6 feet from the vent stack a secondary connection should be made.

The same venting scenario applies to bathtubs, showers and toilets as shown in Figure 3.

bathroom drain plumbing layout includes venting and traps
Figure 3 - Bathroom vent pipe diagram