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    Default Shared Plumbing Vents - Condo

    I ran into a situation at a building of 2 story townhouse type condominium units (total of 8 units side by side) where the two center units had no plumbing vent pipe through the roof. I assume that these two units share the plumbing vent with the neighboring condominum unit, but no easy way to verify that, other than I did not seem to have any drainage / flush / flow type issues in either of the bathrooms or the kitchen... Typically it seems like in this area each condo has it's own plumbing vent. The condo's were built in 1990. Has anyone ran into this situation? Is this common anywhere else? Anyone see in problems with this?

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    Default Re: Shared Plumbing Vents - Condo

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Kolar View Post
    I ran into a situation at a building of 2 story townhouse type condominium units (total of 8 units side by side) where the two center units had no plumbing vent pipe through the roof. I assume that these two units share the plumbing vent with the neighboring condominum unit, but no easy way to verify that, other than I did not seem to have any drainage / flush / flow type issues in either of the bathrooms or the kitchen... Typically it seems like in this area each condo has it's own plumbing vent. The condo's were built in 1990. Has anyone ran into this situation? Is this common anywhere else? Anyone see in problems with this?
    Could be that they are sharing. I would then be looking very carefully at the firewalls (if any) between the units.

    Scott Patterson, ACI
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    Default Re: Shared Plumbing Vents - Condo

    There was no plumbing penetration visible through the sheetrock draft barrier / fire wall between this particular unit and the adjoining one. If they were sharing it did not pass through the wall within the attic area...


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    Default Re: Shared Plumbing Vents - Condo

    Nobody else has run into this or has an opinion... hard to believe??


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    Default Re: Shared Plumbing Vents - Condo

    If those units are really condo, i.e., the structure is one common owned structure, then that is not uncommon and in fact is quite common.

    If they were separate structures as would be with townhouses, that would not be allowed.

    Jerry Peck, Construction / Litigation Consultant
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