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  1. #1
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    Default Sewer lines on exterior wall

    Is it proper to run sewer lines on the exterior wall of a house? This was done as part of a laundry addition at an older home.

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    Default Re: Sewer lines on exterior wall

    Nope. Not where run exposed.

    Looks like you are above 'the freeze line', which is basically I-10, so those would need to be protected from freezing by insulation, heat tape, or both.

    Besides being protected from physical damage, sunlight, etc.

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    Default Re: Sewer lines on exterior wall

    Does protection mean building a box around it or painting and insulating it? Thanks.


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    Default Re: Sewer lines on exterior wall

    Don't know about Texas but in these here parts, painting or building a box around it is not considered proper protection.
    Based on your question I will guess these are above grade sewer lines. Above grade or exposed no longer allowed here.
    I'll defer ... AD where are you ... help the newbie out.

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    Default Re: Sewer lines on exterior wall

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    Nope. Not where run exposed.

    Looks like you are above 'the freeze line', which is basically I-10, so those would need to be protected from freezing by insulation, heat tape, or both.

    Besides being protected from physical damage, sunlight, etc.
    This is no good then, huh?

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    Default Re: Sewer lines on exterior wall

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Mohel View Post
    Does protection mean building a box around it or painting and insulating it? Thanks.
    It means building a large enough box around it to allow for full exterior wall R-value insulation, and the box suitably strong enough to provide protection from physical damage, as though the box were the exterior wall made to continue out and around the piping.

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