Relief systems / vent systems (2023)

This Technical Measures document refers to codes and standards applicable to the design of relief and vent systems.

Related Technical Measures documents are:

  • Explosion relief
  • Quench systems
  • Secondary containment
  • Control systems

The relevant Level 2 Criteria are (29) a, (35) a, (38) e and, 59, 60).

General principles

Process plant can be subjected to excessive overpressure or underpressure due to:

  • External fire;
  • Process abnormality or maloperation;
  • Equipment or service / utility failure;
  • Changes in ambient conditions;
  • Excess chemical reaction.

To achieve a more inherently safe design, and to arrive at the most economical solution overall consideration should always be given to:

  • Can the overpressure or underpressure hazard be eliminated by changes in process or plant design?;
  • Can the overpressure or underpressure hazard be reduced by reducing inventories or changing process conditions?;
  • Can the overpressure or underpressure be contained by designing equipment to withstand maximum feasible pressure?;
  • Can alternative protection to a relief system be considered?;
  • Can the required relief system be minimised by mechanical or instrumented systems?.

Explosion Relief is considered in a separate Technical Measures Document. Relief systems considered in this document are based on systems where pressure rise occurs over several seconds or longer, and there is no reaction front. In these cases we may assume:

  • Safety valves can open in time;
  • Piping is adequately sized to provide pressure relief;
  • Relief flow may be determined by steady-state flow equations;
  • Conditions are approximately uniform throughout each phase at any moment;
  • Further pressure generation by reaction in the relief piping is negligible.

General principles applicable to relief systems include:

  • In all cases, relief devices must be selected and located to minimise disturbance to plant and environment;
  • Relief devices must not be isolated from equipment they protect while the equipment is in use;
  • The discharge from a relief device should pass to a safe location which may be:
  • A dump tank;
  • Upstream in the process;
  • A storage tank;
  • A quench vessel or tower;
  • A sewer;
  • The atmosphere;
  • A knockout drum;
  • A scrubber;
  • An incinerator;
  • A flare stack.

Design basis and methodology of all relief stream packages must be documented, and incorporated into plant modification and change procedures to ensure that relief stream invalidation does not occur.

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Sizing of vents (especially exothermic reactions, storage tanks)

One of the biggest problems in sizing vents is the availability and accuracy of physical property data for the reaction components. It is good practice when sizing a relief system to utilise several design methods to achieve consistency in design.

When sizing pressure / vacuum relief systems for storages, if several tanks are connected up to a single relief system the relief device should be capable of accommodating the simultaneous vent loading at a relieving pressure less than the lowest tank design pressure.

Venting can either be normal or atmospheric venting or emergency venting. Different measures may be adopted to provide protection for the vessel or tank in each case. The worst case scenario is generally experienced when tanks are exposed to fire.

Normal venting requirements may be met by installation of pressure-vacuum relief valves. Emergency venting may be accomplished by installation of a bursting or rupture disc device. Depending upon the tank contents and the physical characteristics of these contents consideration should be given to the vent discharge point and configuration. Guidance is provided in recognised industry standards.

There are various recognised methods for sizing vents. These include:

  • API Methods;
  • NFPA Methods;
  • Vapour / Gas Only method;
  • Leung's method;
  • Level Swell method;
  • Stepwise method;
  • Nomogram method;
  • Fauske's method;
  • Two-phase method;
  • DIERS method;
  • Huff's method;
  • Boyle's method.

The use of DIERS (Design Institute for Emergency Relief Systems) methodology is becoming increasingly widespread. Detailed analysis of relief systems using this methodology, together with experimental testing, is now the accepted practice.

Flame arresters

Flame arresters are commonly installed on the vent outlet of tanks containing liquids with flashpoints below 21°C, generally where pressure-vacuum vent valves are not in use. Their prime function is to prevent the unrestricted propagation of flame through flammable gas or vapour mixtures, and secondly to absorb heat from unburnt gas.

Flame arresters should be designed for each specific application, and due to the likelihood of progressive blockage a rigorous inspection and maintenance schedule should be in place.

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Relief valves

Relief valves are characterised by:

  • Slow response times (tenths of a second up to > 1 second);
  • Risk of blockage;
  • Trace leakage.

Design considerations for relief valves include:

  • The pressure drop before the safety valve must be low to avoid instability;
  • The design must take into consideration differences between gas and liquid duties;
  • Back pressure can affect opening / closing pressures, stability and capacity;
  • The relief valve usually solely determines relief capacity if appropriate piping is used.

Regular proof checks are required to check lifting pressure, particularly if located in a corrosive environment. Also valve seating checks should be undertaken to ensure that the valve is not passing.

Bursting discs

Bursting discs are characterised by:

  • Very fast response times (milliseconds);
  • Less risk of blockage than relief valves;
  • Cheap to install and maintain;
  • Available in a wide range of materials;
  • No leakage;
  • Non re-closing hence may allow large discharges even when pressure falls below relieving (rupture) pressure;
  • Potential for premature failure due to pressure pulsation, especially if the rupture pressure is close to the operating pressure;
  • Rupture pressure affected by back pressure;
  • Risk of incorrect assembly.

Design considerations for bursting discs include:

  • Protection against reverse pressure (vac dials);
  • Differences between disc temperature and vessel temperature;
  • Main factor affecting relief capacity is piping configuration;

The rupture pressure of a bursting disc is a function of the prevailing temperature. It is common practice for an operator to specify the required rupture pressure at a specific operating or relieving temperature however, if the temperature cycles or changes during the process operation the degree of protection of the vessel can be compromised. This is because as the prevailing temperature decreases the rupture pressure of the bursting disc will increase potentially resulting in the rupture pressure at temperature being greater than the design pressure of the vessel. Thus if the pressure increases at this condition, vessel failure will occur. The converse case can also apply if the rupture pressure is quoted for ambient temperatures, since the actual rupture pressure will decrease under normal operating conditions which can cause premature failure of bursting discs.

The surrounding vent pipework should be adequately sized to accommodate relief flows in the event of bursting disc failure.

Bursting discs are a common method for fulfilling emergency venting requirements, although a routine maintenance programme should cover bursting disc installations.

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Bursting disc installations should incorporate vent pipework that is the same diameter as the bursting disc itself.

Combinations of bursting discs and relief valves are occasionally employed for specific applications. Double bursting discs (back to back arrangements) are often provided with a pressure indicator/alarm between them in aggressive environments where failures of the initial disc may occur. In such instances the second bursting disc is reversed to withstand the initial shock pressure.

Scrubbers (design for maximum foreseeable flow)

In many installations, scrubbing systems provide one of the major lines of defence against release of toxic gas. Several key factors must therefore be taken into consideration when designing and sizing the scrubbing system. These include:

  • Composition of gas load;
  • The composition of the gas load must be known with respect to:
    • Solids loading, particle size distribution and chemical composition;
    • Water vapour loading;
    • Toxic gas loading;
    • Inerts loading.
  • Variations in gas load;
    The basis of the scrubber design should take into consideration the peak gas loading, the minimum gas loading and the mean gas loading in addition to corresponding variations in inert gas loading.
  • Depletion / saturation of scrubbing liquor;
    Analysis of the reaction stoichiometry between the gas and the scrubbing liquor will give some indication of the minimum scrubbing liquor strength at which the absorption process can occur for a recirculatory system. A methodology must be in place that ensures replenishment of the scrubbing liquor at an appropriate point. Hence monitoring of depletion of scrubber liquor and modelling of breakthrough concentrations is critical. Furthermore, the process may specify a maximum concentration of absorbed gas in the scrubbing liquor at which the scrubber liquor should be replenished.
  • Provision of Back-up systems;
    In the vent of scrubber failure, it is sometimes possible to isolate plant and process to prevent toxic gas emission by implementation of appropriate interlocks and control systems. However, if temporary isolation of plant and process is unfeasible a back up system should be provided.
  • Control systems;
    The control system for the scrubber operation should be interlocked with the plant and processes that the scrubber services such that in the event of scrubber failure process operations can be isolated and / or suspended. The control system should feature scrubber diagnostics that verify and indicate that the scrubber is healthy and working.
  • Monitoring and instrumentation;
    Typical instrumentation on a toxic gas scrubbing system should include:
    • Stack gas analyser;
    • Scrubbing liquor flow indicator;
    • Scrubbing liquor tank level indication;
    • Flow indication or DP instrumentation across scrubbing fan;
    • Process interlocks for event of scrubber failure.

Stack heights

The concentration of waste gases at ground level can be reduced significantly by emitting the waste gases from a process at great height, although the actual amount of pollutants released into the atmosphere will remain the same.

The basis for design begins with determination of an acceptable ground-level concentration of the pollutant or pollutants. If the waste gas is to be discharged through an existing stack, or the stack size is restricted the ground-level concentration should be determined and if it is unacceptable appropriate control measures should be adopted. Steps in the design methodology include:


Flaring may be used to destroy flammable, toxic or corrosive vapours, particularly those produced during process upsets and emergency venting.

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Key design factors to ensure flare safety and performance include:

  • Smokeless operation;
  • Flame stability;
  • Flare size and capacity;
  • Thermal radiation;
  • Noise level;
  • Reliable pilot and ignition system;
  • Flashback protection.

The major safety issues are the latter two items. BS 5908 : 1990 recommends that permanent pilot burners should be provided with a reliable means of remote ignition. An additional means of ignition, e.g. a piccolo tube should be provided, independent of power supplies. Flare header systems should be provided with an inert gas purge sufficient to provide a positive gas flow up the stack to prevent back diffusion of air.

Forced ventilation (especially to control direction of flow and dilution)

Non-pressurised systems in which fumes and vapours are generated should have adequate ventilation to remove those fumes to a safe place. This may be a scrubber or a stack for discharge. Consideration should also be given to the venting of discharges from relief systems. Both dedicated enclosed forced ventilation systems and area forced ventilation will need to be considered.

A further purpose of ventilation is to dilute and remove the hazardous substance to such an extent that the concentration in the protected space is kept to acceptable levels. Ventilation rates are generally designed to reduce the concentration to about one quarter of these levels.

The use of forced ventilation has an impact on the area extent and classification of hazardous areas. The methodology for assessment of type and degree of ventilation is covered in British Standards. Although mainly applied inside a room or enclosed space, forced ventilation can also be applied to situations in the open air to compensate for restricted or impeded natural ventilation due to obstacles.

Spot ventilation

General ventilation is applied to the room or compartment as a whole (see forced ventilation above). It may also be applied locally to the plant or process as spot or local ventilation. Basic design principles include:

  • Fume extraction inlet should be as close to the source of gas or vapour as possible;
  • The rate of extraction of fume should be greater than or equal to the rate of generation of fume in the particular area;
  • Air supply inlets should be located to provide ventilation for other regions that may become contaminated;
  • General air movement should be from areas surrounding the emission source, across the contaminated zone and thence through the fume extraction inlet;
  • A velocity of 0.5 to 2 m/s is generally recommended (Lees 25.7). Trunking is often used to allow operators to move the point of extraction as required.

Special cases: chlorine, Lpg storage

In the event of overpressure in liquid chlorine storage tanks, the discharge line from the pressure relief system should enter a closed expansion vessel with a capacity of nominally 10% of the largest storage vessel. This expansion vessel should then be manually relieved at a controlled rate to an absorption system. Further information concerning bulk chlorine storage relief systems is provided in HS(G)28.

In the event of overpressure of LPG storage tanks, the tank should be fitted with a pressure relief valve connected directly to the vapour space. Underground or mounded vessels affect full flow capacity of pressure relief valves. Further information concerning LPG storage relief systems is provided in LPGA Cop 1.

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In the event of overpressure in anhydrous ammonia storage tanks, the tank should be protected by a relief system fitted with at least two pressure relief valves should be fitted. Further information concerning anhydrous ammonia storage relief systems is provided in HS(G)30.

Status of guidance

Although existing guidance provides reasonably comprehensive information for the sizing and design of basic relief systems, more complex relief system applications – for example with polymerisers – are not specifically covered by guidance.

Guidance and Codes of Practice relating to relief and vent systems

  • HS(G)176 The storage of flammable liquids in tanks, HSE, 1998.
    Paragraphs 115 to 123 give guidance on venting, emergency venting and pressure relief.
  • HS(G)50 The storage of flammable liquids in fixed tanks (up to 10000 cu. m in total capacity), HSE, 1990.
    Replaced by HS(G)176, 1998.
  • HS(G)158 Flame arresters : preventing the spread of fires and explosions in equipment that contains flammable gases and vapours, HSE, 1996.
  • HS(G)11 Flame arresters and explosion reliefs, HSE, 1981.
    Replaced by HS(G)158.
  • HS(G)28 Safety advice for bulk chlorine installations, HSE, 1999.
    Paragraphs 120-132 provide guidance on relief systems for bulk chlorine installations.
  • HS(G)30 Storage of anhydrous ammonia under pressure in the UK : spherical and cylindrical vessels, HSE, 1986.
    Paragraphs 30 to 32 give guidance on pressure relief systems.
  • LPGA COP 1 Bulk LPG storage at fixed installations. Part 1 : Design, installation and operation of vessels located above ground, LP Gas Association, 1998.
    Supersedes HS(G)34 Storage of LPG at fixed installations, 1987, HSE.
    Part 1, section 3.1.10 gives guidance on the provision of pressure relief valves on storage vessels.
    Part 1, section 3.7.6 gives guidance on the provision of pressure relief valves on vaporisers.
    Part 1, section 3.2.4 gives guidance on the provision of hydrostatic relief valves on pipework where LPG may become trapped ( e.g. between shut-off valves and blank flanges).
  • HS(G)34 Storage of LPG at fixed installations, HSE, 1987.
    Superseded by the above LPGA COP 1.
    Paragraphs 60 to 65 give guidance on pressure relief systems.
  • API RP 520 Sizing, selection, and installation of pressure relieving devices in refineries
    Part I – Sizing and Selection, 1993.
    Part II – Installation, 1994.
  • API RP 521 Guide for pressure-relieving and depressuring systems, 1997.
  • API RP 526 Flanged Steel Safety Relief Valves, Fourth Edition, 1995.
  • API RP 527 Seat Tightness of Pressure Relief Valves, Third Edition, 1991.
  • API Std 2000 Venting atmospheric and low pressure storage tanks: Nonrefrigerated and refrigerated, 1998.
  • API RP 2521 Use of pressure-vacuum vent valves for atmospheric Loss, First Edition, 1966.
  • BS 2915 : 1990 Specification for bursting discs and bursting disc devices, British Standards Institution.
  • BS 5500 : 1997 Design of pressure vessels, Appendix J, British Standards Institution.
  • BS 5720 : 1979 Code of practice for mechanical ventilation and air conditioning in buildings, British Standards Institution.
  • BS 5908 : 1990 Code of practice for fire precautions in the chemical and allied industries, British Standards Institution.
    Section 7, Paragraph 43.3.3 Flare Stacks provides guidance on ignition and prevention of flashback in flare stacks.
  • BS 5925 : 1991 Code of practice for ventilation principles and designing for natural ventilation, British Standards Institution.
  • BS 6759 Safety Valves, British Standards Institution.
    Part 2 : 1984 Specification for safety valves for compressed air or inert gases.
    Part 3 : 1984 Specification for safety valves for process fluids.
  • BS EN 60079-10 : 1996 (ºIEC 60079-10 : 1995) Electrical apparatus for explosive gas atmospheres. Part 10 : Classification of hazardous areas, British Standards Institution.

Further reading material

  • Parry, C.F., 'Relief Systems Handbook', Institution of Chemical Engineers, Reprinted 1994.
  • Kumar, A., 'Design and Operate Flares Safely', The Sapphire Group, Chemical Engineering Magazine, Environmental Manager, December 1998.
  • ASME, 'Recommended Guide for the Prediction of Dispersion of Airborne Effluents', ASME, New York, 1968.
  • FPA, 'Flammable liquids and gases: Ventilation', FS6013, Fire Protection Association.
    The data sheet indicates that ventilation rates should be calculated so as to reduce concentrations to about a quarter of the lower explosive limit.
  • Singh, J., 'Sizing Relief Vents', Hazard Evaluation Laboratory (Fire Research Station Site), Chemical Engineering, 97, 8, p104, August 1990.
  • Lees, F.P., 'Loss Prevention in the Process Industries: Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control', Second Edition, 1996.

Case studies illustrating the importance of relief systems / vent systems

  • BP Oil (Grangemouth) Refinery Ltd (22/3/1987)
  • Chemstar Ltd Explosion/Fire (6/9/1981)
  • Chicago Gas Release (26/4/1974)
  • International Biosynthetics Ltd (7/12/1991)
  • Polymerisation Runaway Reaction (May 1992)
  • Rupture of a Liquid Nitrogen Storage Tank - Japan (28/8/1992)
  • Seveso - Icmesa Chemical Company (9/7/1976)


What is a relief vent? ›

Relief vent means an auxiliary vent which permits additional circulation of air in or between drainage and vent systems. "Secondary vent" means any vent other than the main vent or those serving each toilet.

What is the relief system? ›

"A relief system is an emergency system for discharging gas during abnormal conditions, by manual or controlled means or by an automatic pressure relief valve from a pressurized vessel or piping system, to the atmosphere to relieve pressures in excess of the maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP)." -

What are the three types of relief valves? ›

The three basic types of pressure-relief valves are conventional spring loaded, balanced spring loaded, and the pilot operated.

Where do pressure relief valves vent to? ›

The main pressure relief out to open the vent port is used for two primary functions. One is a

Can a shower and toilet share a vent? ›

Wet vents are typically used when plumbing a bathroom group. So yes the shower can also be vented by the wet vent along with the toilet. There is one major stipulation when wet venting multiple fixtures when a toilet is one of them: the toilet must be the last fixture connected to the wet vent.

How many vent pipes should a house have? ›

At least one main vent stack is required for every building that has plumbing when connecting separately to the sewer for the building or its septic tank. The stack has to run the most direct route through open air or be ventilated to extend to open air.

What are the two types of pressure relief devices? ›

The main types of pressure relief devices are: reclosing and nonreclosing pressure relief devices.
  • Reclosing Pressure Relief Devices.
  • Balanced bellows safety relief.
  • Pilot-operated safety relief valves.
  • Power-actuated safety relief valves.
  • T&P safety relief valves.
  • Relief valves.
  • Safety valves.
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What is the purpose of relief valve? ›

Relief Valves are designed to control pressure in a system, most often in fluid or compressed air systems. These valves open in proportion to the increase in system pressure. This means they don't fly all the way open when the system is slightly overpressure.

What is PRV and PSV? ›

Both pressure relief valves (PRV) and pressure safety valves (PSV) are used for process safety to relieve excess pressure. Although they're often used interchangeably, they do have different functions and it's important to know the difference.

How many types of PRV are there? ›

There are three types of pressure reducing valves. Direct-acting. The simplest of PRVs, the direct-acting type, operates with either a flat diaphragm or convoluted bellows. Since it is self-contained, it does not need an external sensing line downstream to operate.

What is pressure relief system? ›

A pressure relief system is a device or method for reducing pressure in vessels, stages, or equipment when pressure has increased above a particular limit. The pressure relief system should allow the plant to be relieved of any source of over-pressure before damage to process equipment can occur.

How do I identify a relief valve? ›

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Is a pressure relief valve necessary? ›

Without the valve, your water heater may run the risk of an explosion if the temperature or pressure got higher than what the tank was designed to handle. To put it simply, storage water heaters can be hazardous or even lethal if they do not come with a temperature and pressure relief valve.

How do you size a relief vent? ›

The diameter of a relief vent shall not be less than one-half the diameter of the horizontal branch to which it is connected, with a minimum size of 1-1/2 inches. The maximum number of fixture units connected to the relief vent shall be in accordance with Table P-1110.4.

Where is the safety relief valve usually located? ›

Safety or relief valves shall be installed at the top of the boiler with the spindle of the valve in an upright vertical position. The inlet and discharge piping shall be as short and direct as possible.

Will a sink drain without a vent? ›

Without venting, the negative pressure caused by the flow of draining water can potentially suck water out of the drain trap and allow sewer gases to enter the home. The vents allow air into the drain pipes to help keep the drain flowing properly.

How many drains can share a vent? ›

A horizontal wet vent could have as few as two fixtures or as many as ten fixtures but not more than two fixtures of any type can be connected to the system. Each wet vented fixture drain shall connect independently to the horizontal wet vent.

How far can toilet be from vent? ›

According to the UPC, the distance between your trap and the vent should be no more than 6 feet. In other words, for the vent to work properly, it needs to feed into the drain line within 6 feet of the trapways that connect to it.

Does a vent pipe have to go through the roof? ›

Although the plumbing vent that terminates in outside air usually runs through the roof, the IRC allows other options—such as running up an outside wall—as long as the termination is away from doors, operable windows, any soffit vents, and a minimum of ten feet above ground.

Can a washer and shower share the same drain? ›

You can tie in a shower and tub drain to your washing machine drain as long as there is a vented pipe tied into the drain to keep the flow moving along fluidly.

Does a toilet need a vent pipe? ›

“Does a toilet need a vent?” And the answer is yes, your toilet has to have a vent. For more information on the great importance of plumbing vents, read our plumbing vent article here. And the size of this vent pipe depends on your local plumbing code.

What are some examples of pressure relief devices? ›

Pressure Relief Devices
  • Safety Valve – This device is typically used for steam or vapor service. ...
  • Relief Valve – This device is typically used for liquid service. ...
  • Safety Relief Valve – This device includes the operating characteristics of both a safety valve and a relief valve and may be used in either application.

What are some pressure relieving devices? ›

Pressure‐relieving devices such as beds, mattresses, heel troughs, splints and pillows are used as part of the treatment to reduce or relieve the pressure on the ulcer.

What type of valve is a relief valve? ›

A Relief Valve is a pressure relief device actuated by inlet static pressure having a gradual lift generally proportional to the increase in pressure over opening pressure. It may be provided with an enclosed spring housing suitable for closed discharge system application and is primarily used for liquid service.

What is air relief valve? ›

Air Release Valves, or Air Relief Valve function to release air pockets that collect at each high point of a full pressured pipeline. An air release valve can open against internal pressure, because the internal lever mechanism multiplies the float force to be greater than the internal pressure.

What happens if pressure relief valve fails? ›

And when a PRV fails, it can lead to an explosion. Damaged equipment, disrupted work flow, and even injury may result. Why take that risk when you can easily tell whether or not your pressure relief valve needs replacing or repair.

What does PRV valve stand for? ›

Pressure reducing valves (PRV) are commonly used to obtain a distribution of pressure head closer to the optimal pressure head distribution [32]. From: Sustainable Water Engineering, 2020.

What is the difference between PCV and PRV? ›

A PCV serves as the primary line of defense in an oil field which prevents overpressurized flow line of hydrocarbons through a channel. A PRV is a static secondary safety device used to 'bleed off' excess pressure from an oil and gas well or pressurized system.

Is PSV a relief valve? ›

A Pressure Safety Relief valve is designed to open suddenly. When the set pressure of the PSV is reached, the valve opens almost fully. PSVs require that the outlet of the valve be larger than the inlet, based on an understanding of engineering flow calculations of compressible gas/fluids.

What is the difference between PRV and TRV? ›

A TRV is usually small whereas PRV can be of big sizes. TRV acts when overpressure occurs because of temperature increase and relieves a small quantity of fluid whereas PRV is sized to protect from any kind of overpressure and usually releases large quantities of fluid. Safety is the main purpose of both TRV and PRV.

How do you adjust pressure relief valve? ›

Adjust the relief valve by turning the adjuster clockwise until the reading on the gauge builds to the pressure called for on the machine drawings. This is what is known as the valve “cracking” pressure, which is the pressure at which the relief valve starts to open.

How is PRV set pressure calculated? ›

Set the Relief Pressure

The Relief Pressure is generally determined by the equipment being protected, and is calculated as Relief Pressure = Set Pressure + Overpressure. By default, ProMax uses the stream pressure as the Set Pressure, and a 10% Over Pressure, but these can be modified for your analysis.

Why is pressure relief valve leaking? ›

Pressure relief and safety relief valves will leak if the valve isn't fully closed. This is a common problem in industrial settings where environments are often dusty or dirty. If there is any debris in the valve, it can obstruct the valve from fully closing, causing it to leak.

What PSI should a pressure relief valve be? ›

The pressure rating on the relief valve should be the same or less than the certified working pressure of the tank (generally 150 psi) and be below the lowest pressure rating of any system components. It is not acceptable to install a relief valve that exceeds the maximum working pressure of the water heater.

Does pressure relief valve need pipe? ›

The Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve or TPR Valve on any heated appliance that contains water, such as a heating boiler, hot water tank, water heater, water cylinder, must have a drain line or discharge tube properly installed, routed, and made of proper materials.

Do all homes have a PRV valve? ›

What is a pressure regulator? Not all residences in the city have a pressure regulator, also called a pressure reducing valve (PRV). But if you do maintenance it is sometimes required. A water pressure regulator is a plumbing valve that reduces the water pressure coming from the main water line into the house.

How long does a pressure relief valve last? ›

As we mentioned earlier, pressure relief valves that are properly maintained can last for up to 30 years. In most cases, it's important to look at the “why” behind pressure relief valve failure, rather than just replacing the valve in question.

Do all houses have a water pressure regulator? ›

Do all homes have a water pressure regulator? No, not all homes have a water pressure regulator. Whether you need a regulator depends on the water pressure from the municipal supply. If the city's water lines run at pressures above 80psi, then you'll need one to protect your pipes.

What is relief valve capacity? ›

A safety relief valve must be capable of relieving the capacity of the connected compressor(s) at operating pressure. Note that the relief pressure can not be set higher than the maximum rated working pressure of any equipment in the system.

What pressure should a PSV be set at? ›

In case of multiple operating PSVs, the maximum overpressure of the first PSV would be 16% of set pressure or 3.2 bar and of other operating PSVs, 10.5% of set pressure or 2.2 bar for non-fire case.

How do I know what size air release valve I need? ›

Some publications list a rule of thumb that suggests air & vacuum valves be 1 inch per 1-ft (0.3-m) of pipe diameter. This means a 4-ft (1.2-m) diameter line would have a 4-in (100-mm) diameter valve.

Do I need a vent for every drain? ›

Without getting too far into building science, a general plumbing rule of thumb is that every drain needs a trap, and every trap needs a vent. All those traps and drains are designed to prevent sewer gas from entering your home.

What is the purpose of a yoke vent? ›

Yoke vent means a pipe connecting upward from a soil or waste stack to a vent stack for the purpose of preventing pressure changes in the stack.

How do you size a relief vent? ›

The diameter of a relief vent shall not be less than one-half the diameter of the horizontal branch to which it is connected, with a minimum size of 1-1/2 inches. The maximum number of fixture units connected to the relief vent shall be in accordance with Table P-1110.4.

What is the difference between vent stack and stack vent? ›

A vent stack is a vertical pipe that is only used for venting, and runs upward from the drain piping to the open air outside the home. Vent stacks are primary vents and accept connections from other vents in a plumbing system. A stack vent is used for both drainage and venting.

Can a washer and shower share the same drain? ›

You can tie in a shower and tub drain to your washing machine drain as long as there is a vented pipe tied into the drain to keep the flow moving along fluidly.

Can a shower and sink share a drain? ›

It is possible for showers and sinks to share drainpipes since the wastewater from both can be treated at the same facility. For a combined drainage system to work correctly, your shower and sink need to be within 5-feet of one another. There are two methods to connect a shower and sink drain.

What happens if plumbing is not vented? ›

Poorly-vented drain lines will not be able to effectively move wastewater and solid waste out of your building. This could lead to problems such as overflowing drains, backed-up toilets, and similar plumbing issues.

How does a loop vent work? ›

Answer: A Vented Loop is an anti-siphon device. It is placed in the line above the water line and allows air in as the waste or water flows through the line. It is to prevent siphoning if your thru-hull or Seacock fails and your toilet or holding tank is below the water line.

What are the different types of vent pipes? ›

Types of Venting Pipe
  • Stove Pipe.
  • Chimney Pipe.
  • Pellet Vent.
  • Direct Vent.
  • Type B Gas Vent.
  • AL29-4C Special Gas Vent.
  • Venting Kits.
  • Chimney Liners.

What is a vent stack? ›

Vent Stack. A vertical vent pipe installed primarily for the purpose of providing circulation of air to and from any part of the drainage system.

How is PRV set pressure calculated? ›

Set the Relief Pressure

The Relief Pressure is generally determined by the equipment being protected, and is calculated as Relief Pressure = Set Pressure + Overpressure. By default, ProMax uses the stream pressure as the Set Pressure, and a 10% Over Pressure, but these can be modified for your analysis.

How do I choose a relief valve? ›

Here are six factors that must be considered when selecting and sizing safety or pressure relief valves.
  1. Connection size and type. The valve size must correspond to the size of the inlet and discharge piping. ...
  2. Set pressure (PSIG) ...
  3. Temperature. ...
  4. Back pressure. ...
  5. Service. ...
  6. Required capacity.
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What is relief valve capacity? ›

A safety relief valve must be capable of relieving the capacity of the connected compressor(s) at operating pressure. Note that the relief pressure can not be set higher than the maximum rated working pressure of any equipment in the system.

Can you have too much venting for plumbing? ›

As we discuss at PLUMBING DRAIN NOISE DIAGNOSIS, if the horizontal distance between a plumbing fixture and the vertical vent piping is too great, the fixture may not drain properly, producing slow drainage or gurgling noises.

Does plumbing vent have to go through roof? ›

Although the plumbing vent that terminates in outside air usually runs through the roof, the IRC allows other options—such as running up an outside wall—as long as the termination is away from doors, operable windows, any soffit vents, and a minimum of ten feet above ground.

How far can a toilet be from a vent stack? ›

According to the UPC, the distance between your trap and the vent should be no more than 6 feet. In other words, for the vent to work properly, it needs to feed into the drain line within 6 feet of the trapways that connect to it.


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