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 716 (Pipe Bursting Replacement of Building Drains) states that the section on replacement of building sewers by pipe-bursting methods has been expanded to include replacement of underground building drains.
There could be some buildings where a building drain has to be replaced and the open-trench method is prohibitive in both cost and facility downtime. For example, a large factory building could have a long underground building drain passing under floor areas having machinery or conveyors in many locations on the floor. Dismantling and moving such equipment in order to cut a trench in the floor and excavate would be an excessive disruption. Pipe bursting is an alternative for these situations.
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