A poorly-vented pipe can lead to a host of unwanted issues throughout the home. Whether you’re in the process of renovating your kitchen or providing some extra TLC to an older home investment, attending to your pipe structures is crucial to avoid nasty water overflows or unsightly sanitation issues.
When you’re dealing with industrial buildings and facilities, the process is even more intricate, with complex piping infrastructures, powering large-scale commercial activities, to take into consideration.
No matter the location, your piping placements are crucial. So, when you need to tend to your pipes, what alternatives are there to traditional venting solutions? Can plumbing be vented through walls and other structures, or is it limited to an obstructive placement through the roof?
Venting with an air admittance valve (AAV)
A standard venting system requires the pipe’s exit through the roof—one way to eliminate this, and avoid the extra costs of post-installation roof-repairs, is to utilize an Air Admittance Valve (AAV). By choosing an AAV system, your plumber can keep your roof in-tact. Ask your plumber about applying the technical solution of an AAV to avoid the potentially unattractive alternative.
A sanitary cross is a form of ventilation system that acts as a featured component in most sanitary waste piping solutions. The cross-system is designed specifically for waste, sewer, and storm drain systems. It provides a sturdy alternative to roof-plumbing systems and can allow your local plumbing expert a range of options for routing your vents in other, exterior locations. For example, a sanitary cross vent could help route your pipes around intersecting window frames or other building obstacles.
An auxiliary ventilation system, otherwise known as a “revent,” is a form of venting that is designed specifically for mining environments. Ventilation is crucial for miners, as it not only removes poisonous noxious gases from the air, but helps to circulate fresh air to their remote, underground, working environments. Proper ventilation also works to keep the air cool. The ‘revent’ operates with a central fanning system which diverts ventilation to alternate piping pathways throughout a mining network.
If you find yourself in a tricky venting situation, a loop vent can be the ultimate solution. Sometimes, that perfect spot where you’ve been dreaming of placing that kitchen island, or stand-up sink, isn’t quite as perfect for your pipes. Thankfully, vacuum-powered loop vents can channel gas-flow away from the harder-to-reach spots, with the help of a knowledgeable, plumbing professional.
Alright, Stop: Check-In Time
If one of these systems sounds like the answer you may have been searching for, you have yourself a leading start on your next renovation project. However, before you nose-dive into the figures—gain your foundations in the facts, from local Pipe Surgeons or related experts.
An expert will be fully-equipped with the know-how and the experience to plot out the best way to tackle your personal venting situation. It’s always a great idea to inquire about the best way to secure a safe ventilation system for your home or commercial building and to determine what requires the least amount of physical alteration to the environment (considering holes and stud placements).
Meeting the local council laws and regulations on piping and ventilation systems should then be the final “tick” to add to your to-do list. If you like to take the time to conduct a bit of your own research, consult the local Occupational Health and Safety, as well as Residential Specification, standards. These can often be found in the policy areas of their website.
Remember—when you invest in the right piping expert, you are never left stranded. Ask questions, and don’t be afraid to seek help in any area of concern for your property or industrial building plans.