Significant changes to the 2018 International Plumbing Code
The 2018 Significant Changes guides are available for the International Building, Residential, Fire, Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes. This valuable series can help any code user save time by zeroing in on the most critical changes in the 2018 International Codes (I-Codes). The Code Council’s technical experts provide summaries, analysis and graphics for these changes making them clear and easy to understand.
2018 International Plumbing Code
A modification to Section 703.4 (Reuse of Buried Drain and Sewer Piping) states that the use of existing building sewers and existing building drains for new building plumbing system is clarified.
“Testing” of old, existing buried building drains or building sewers might not ever be successful, eliminating the possibility for their reuse. As such piping is non-pressurized gravity flow, a test means very little. What is important is a visual, internal examination (typically by video camera equipment) to make sure that the piping is viable for reuse. This is especially beneficial where the piping would be difficult to replace, such as where it crosses under parking lots and streets.
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