Replacing Drain Lines
Adams Stirling PLC


Below is the approach one association took to replacing its drain lines to accommodate the installation of washing machines.

We encouraged owners to install washers but with a caveat. The laundry drain had to drain into a larger line or new piping, properly sized for the number of fixtures it serves (per code so as to prevent suds). This meant up-sizing the 1-1/2" old lines to 2".

The board decided that whenever there was a request for a washer or a serious plumbing problem occurred, we would replace the entire stack served by that line. Thus, we began a replacement program triggered by a request or a problem.

After eight years, all but one kitchen stack has been replaced and we sleep better at night. The majority of the piping cost was paid by the association.

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