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Old 06-09-2007, 11:27 AM   #1
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Hi all,

We have a 3+ year old home. I am in the process of finishing the other half of my basement and a few weeks back I noticed an open vertically run "mystery pipe". I assumed it was a vent pipe, but since I'm not a plumber I didn't think anything of it.

About a week ago we were getting a nice steady rain and one of my kids noticed that there was a wet spot on the floor. Sure enough, it was coming from the open pipe.

I got up on the roof today and checked the flashing and flange. I sprayed water around the base of the pipe and no leak. I then poured about a 1/4 cup of water directly down the pipe and it came right out the bottom. We never noticed it before, but we didn't use that space much before and the amount of water isn't much under natural conditions so I'm sure it always dried quickly.

Sooo... what wasn't done correctly, and how do I remedy the situation now?

Obviously, I'll need to take care of it before I can drywall.

Thanks as always.

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Old 06-09-2007, 11:39 AM   #2
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My guess would be they left that pipe there to be used as a vent should the basement ever be finished or as some sort of clean out and someone forgot to put a cap on it. Wait for a second opinion though.

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Old 06-09-2007, 06:40 PM   #3
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Is there anything connected to the vertical run above the lower point and roof?
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Old 06-09-2007, 07:18 PM   #4
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If its not connected to anything for the entire run I would say somebody "plumb" forgot about it during construction.
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An open pipe should never have happened, it should has failed the plumbing inspection.
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Old 06-09-2007, 09:01 PM   #6
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Looks like a vent that was never tied in to the drain. Ron is right about not passing inspection but there are a few inspectors who know the plumber well and go out to the job before they are done and say looks good, dont forget about that connection....have a nice day!

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