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13 88 INSTALLATION OF SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

8.16 . 2.2 Wet Pipe Systems . 8.16 . 2.5 Auxiliary Drains.


8.16 . 2.2. 1 On wet pipe systems, sprinkler pipes shall be per
mitted to be installed level.
- 8.16 . 2.5. 1 Auxiliary drains shall be provided where a change
in piping direction prevents drainage of system piping
8.16.2.2.2 Trapped piping shall be drained in accordance through the main drain valve.
with 8.16.2.5. 8.16 . 2.5. 2 Auxiliary Drains for Wet Pipe Systems and Preac-
8.16 . 2.3 Dry Pipe and Preaction Systems. Piping shall be tion Systems in Areas Not Subject to Freezing.
pitched to drain as stated in 8.16. 2.3.1 through 8.16. 2.3.3. 8.16 . 2.5. 2.1* Where the capacity of isolated trapped sections
8.16 . 2.3. 1 Dry Pipe Systems in Nonrefrigerated Areas . In dry of pipe is 50 gal ( 189 L ) or more , the auxiliary drain shall
pipe system, branch lines shall be pitched at least ¥2 in . per 10 ft consist of a valve not smaller than 1 in . ( 25 mm ) , piped to an
( 4 mm / m ) , and mains shall be pitched at least ¥4 in. per 10 ft accessible location .
( 2 mm / m ) in nonrefrigerated areas.
8.16 . 2.5. 2.2 Where the capacity of isolated trapped sections
8.16 . 2.3. 2 Preaction Systems. In preaction systems, branch of pipe is more than 5 gal ( 18.9 L ) and less than 50 gal ( 189 L ) ,
lines shall be pitched at least ¥2 in. per 10 ft ( 4 mm / m ) , and the auxiliary drain shall consist of a valve ¥4 in . ( 20 mm ) or
mains shall be pitched at least lA in. per 10 ft ( 2 mm / m ) . larger and a plug or a nipple and cap.
8.16 . 2.3. 3 Dry Pipe and Preaction Systems in Refrigerated Ar- 8.16 . 2.5. 2.3 Where the capacity of trapped sections of pipes
eas . Branch lines shall be pitched at least ¥2 in. per 10 ft in wet systems is less than 5 gal ( 18.9 L ) , one of the following
( 4 mm / m ) , and mains shall be pitched at least ¥2 in . per 10 ft arrangements shall be provided:
( 4 mm / m ) in refrigerated areas.
( 1 ) An auxiliary drain shall consist of a nipple and cap or plug
8.16 . 2.4* System, Main Drain, or Sectional Drain Connections.
not less than ¥2 in . ( 15 mm ) in size.
8.16 . 2.4. 1 * Provisions shall be made to properly drain all parts 2 ) An auxiliary drain shall not be required for trapped sec-
of the system . tions less than 5 gal ( 18.9 L ) where the system piping can
be drained by removing a single pendent sprinkler.
8.16 . 2.4. 2 Drain connections for systems supply risers and (
( 3) Where flexible couplings or other easily separated con-
mains shall be sized as shown in Table 8.16. 2.4. 2.
nections are used , the nipple and cap or plug shall be
permitted to be omitted.
Table 8.16 . 2.4. 2 Drain Size 8.16 . 2.5. 2.4 Tie-in drains shall not be required on wet pipe
systems and preaction systems protecting nonfreezing envi-
Riser or Main Size Size of Drain Connection ronments.
( in. ) (in. )
8.16 . 2.5. 3 Auxiliary Drains for Dry Pipe Systems and Preac-
LJp to 2 74 or larger tion Systems.
2 Vi, 3, S ¥2 1 ¥4 or larger 8.16 . 2.5. 3.1 Auxiliary drains located in areas subject to freez-
4 and larger 2 only ing shall be readily accessible.
For SI units, 1 in. = 25.4 mm . 8.16 . 2.5. 3.2 Auxiliary drains located in areas maintained at
freezing temperatures shall be readily accessible and shall con-
sist of a valve not smaller than 1 in. ( 25 mm ) and a plug or a
8.16 . 2.4. 3 Where an interior sectional or floor control valve (s) nipple and cap.
is provided , it shall be provided with a drain connection having a
minimum size as shown in Table 8.16.2.4.2 to drain that portion 8.16 . 2.5. 3.3 Where the capacity of trapped sections of pipe is
of the system controlled by the sectional valve. less than 5 gal ( 18.9 L ) , the auxiliary drain shall consist of a
valve not smaller than ¥2 in . ( 15 mm ) and a plug or a nipple
8.16 . 2.4.4 Drains shall discharge outside or to a drain con- and cap.
nection capable of handling the flow of the drain . [ See Fig-
ure A.8.17 .4.2( b ). ] 8.16 . 2.5. 3.4 Auxiliary drains are not for pipe drops supplying
dry-pendent sprinklers installed in accordance with 7.2. 2.
8.16 . 2.4. 5 For those drains serving pressure-reducing valves,
the drain , drain connection , and all other downstream drain 8.16 . 2.5. 3.5* Where the capacity of isolated trapped sections
piping shall be sized to permit a flow of at least the greatest of system piping is more than 5 gal ( 18.9 L ) , the auxiliary
system demand supplied by the pressure-reducing valve. drain shall consist of two 1 in. ( 25 mm ) valves and one 2 in.
8.16 . 2.4.6 The test connections required by 8.17.4.1 shall be x 12 in . ( 50 mm x 305 mm ) condensate nipple or equivalent,
permitted to be used as main drain connections. accessibly located in accordance with Figure 8.16. 2.5.3.5, or a
device listed for this service .
8.16 . 2.4.7 Where drain connections for floor control valves
are tied into a common drain riser, the drain riser shall be one 8.16 . 2.5. 3.6 Tie-in drains shall be provided for multiple adja-
pipe size larger than the largest size drain connection tying cent trapped branch pipes and shall be only 1 in. ( 25 mm ) .
into it. Tie-in drain lines shall be pitched a minimum of ¥2 in . per 10 ft
( 4 mm / m ) .
8.16 . 2.4. 8 Where subject to freezing, a minimum 4 ft ( 1.22 m )
of exposed drain pipe shall be in a heated area between the drain 8.16 . 2.5. 3.7 Systems with low point drains shall have a sign at
valve and the exterior wall when drain piping extends through the dry pipe or preaction valve indicating the number of low
the wall to the outside. point drains and the location of each individual drain .

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