Method of Ventilation of House Drains System - Civil Engineering

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Method of Ventilation of House Drains System

Method of Ventilation of House Drains System

The entire sewerage system of a house is ventilated by providing vent pipes and antisiphonage pipes and sometimes by fresh air inlet. 

Purpose of Ventilation of House Drains System

The ventilation system is required to serve the following purposes:
1) To relieve the pressure of foul gases developed in house drains. 
2) To prevent the breakage of trap's seal by siphonic action. 
3) To dilute the foul gases in the drains and to reduce their harmful effects. 

Method of Ventilation of House Drains

Method of ventilation of house drains are described below:

Fresh air inlet

The ventilation is usually achieved by providing a fresh air inlet. It is connected to the house drain through the lowermost manhole (inspection chamber).Fresh air form the atmosphere enters through this inlet and finally goes out through the vent pipes. 

A one way valve (mica flap valve) is provided at the head of the fresh air inlet. This valve opens inside to admit fresh air. But it closes in case of reverse flow of gases from the manhole.

Anti-siphonage Pipes

Water seals of traps in multi storied buildings or houses may sometimes get broken due to siphonic action. To overcome this difficulty, a separate pipe of smaller diameter is fitted to the traps, which connects the trap with the vent pipes.  This pipe is known as antisiphonage pipe. 
It supplies air at the time of suction. It also acts as a vent pipe.
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