Lastname, Firstname 2004-06-22 2004-06-22 2005-06-30 Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Division of Safety and Buildings Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Division of Safety and Buildings, Commerce, Safety and Buildings, Comm, Credentials, Certifications, Buildings Codes, Registrations, Construction, Public Safety, Licenses, Permits, License application forms, Trades, Administrative codes, Regulations, Statutes, Administrative rules, Cities, City, Towns, County, Counties, Municipal, Ordinances, Hygiene, Hazardous, Diseases, Design, Engineering, Continuing education, Audits, Grants, POWTS, Private wastewater treatment systems, Septic field, Septic tanks, Sewage treatment, Sewage disposal, Accessibility, Accessible, Disability, Disabilities, Clean air, Clean water, Air quality, Public sector employees, Applications, Plan review, State, Bureau of Program Development, Bureau of Field Operations, Bureau of Integrated Services, Environmental assessments, Environmental impact statement, Soil erosion, Drinking water, Appliances, Plumbing Products, Fire prevention and protection, Firefighter safety, Fire Sprinklers, Rental unit energy efficiency, Rental weatherization, Commercial buildings, Forms, Publications, Plumbing, Inspection, Inspectors, Consultants, Waste disposal, Historic buildings, Occupational and industrial safety, Occupational health, One and two family dwellings, Houses, Housing, Homes, Multifamily dwellings, Mine Safety, Mining, Mines, Open pits, Quarries, Blasters, Plumbers, Electricians, Boilers, Wastewater, Elevators, Lighting, Energy, Mobile homes, Manufactured homes, Welding, Structural systems, Gas systems, HVAC, Refrigeration, Public swimming pools, Wisconsin Fund, Explosives, Amusement rides and attractions, Tramways lifts and tows, Government facts figures and statistics Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Division of Safety and Buildings, Commerce, Safety and Buildings, Building, Wisconsin, Safety, Construction, License. Safety and Buildings Division - Wisconsin Plumbing Codes Report, November 2000 You may choose a numbered selection among these articles, or scroll down: 1. New plumbing products brochure accompanies S&B effort to contact plumbing suppliers; 2. Dan Graham chosen as director of the Bureau of Field Operations; 3. Events Calendar; 4. Testing drain and vent sytems with a manometer; 5. Petitions for variance from Comm 83 will be concentrated on issues; 6. Health care facilities: To submit, or not to submit? That is the question!; 7. Comm 90 pool code revison package expected to be effective in January or February 2001; 8. CSA Int'l is listing agency; 9. Comm 83, POWTS Code, component manuals are sold by state Document Sales; 10. Studor air admittance valve linked to alternate system approval; 11. Wisconsin Underground Contractors Continuing Education advertisement; 12. Who to contact at S&B.   1. New plumbing products brochure accompanies S&B effort to contact plumbing suppliers
The brochure available here as a PDF file (103 KB) will be part of the Safety and Buildings effort this fall, and in the future, to promote public and commercial awareness of the plumbing product approval system in Wisconsin.
Division staff will contact as many as possible of the state's plumbing products wholesalers and retailers to help them be aware of how to determine if plumbing products are code compliant. The brochure is meant to give both commercial employees and the public information on plumbing products use in our state. The performance and safety of products noted in the categories listed on the second page of the brochure are reviewed for code compliance by members of the S&B Plumbing Products Unit. The division provides manufacturers with a letter defining the appropriate use of an approved product and lists the product in the quarterly Wisconsin Plumbing Products Register. Comm 84.10 states "Department approval. No fixture, appliance, appurtenance, material, device or product may be sold for use in a plumbing system or may be installed in a plumbing system, unless it is of a type conforming to the standards or specifications of chs. Comm 82 and 83 and this chapter and ch. 145, Stats." Some businesses and members of the public are not aware of the plumbing product review system and products which are not code-compliant are available and installed in the state. S&B is trying to use some of its resources to educate people who have interests in quality safe products. Copies of the brochure are available from the S&B Materials Distribution Unit, 608-267-4405,   2. Dan Graham chosen as director of the Bureau of Field Photograph of Dan Graham. Operations
The new director of the Safety and Buildings Division Bureau of Field Operations is Dan Graham, who has been the S&B section chief for the Electrical Systems and Fire Safety Programs. Graham was chosen through a competitive state civil service process.
He will supervise the division's field consultants, inspectors, and bureau support staff. A graduate of the University of Cinncinati in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology, Graham also has more than 23 years in the fire service. He has worked at the local, state and federal levels, and has developed programs which coordinated fire issues with building, plumbing, and electrical concerns. Graham's telephone number is 608-266-0056, his email address is   3. Event Calendar
Contact the listed Code Consultant for information on the meeting agendas, locations, etc. If you have questions concerning technicalities of the codes which are the subjects of the meetings, contact consultants and reviewers in the appropriate program area.
*Nov. 15, 2000, Wednesday, Plumbing Advisory Code Council, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wisconsin Technical College Foundation, 1 Foundation Circle, Waunakee, Jean MacCubbin, 608-266-0955,
*December 5, 2000, Plumbing Advisory Code Council, Stormwater Workgroup, Tues. December 5, 2000, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thompson Commerce Center, Rm 3B, 201 W. Washington Ave., Madison, Jean MacCubbin, 608-266-0955,
*December 7, 2000, Thursday, Comm 10 Code Committee, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thompson Commerce Center, Rm. 6A, 201 W Washington Ave., Madison, Duane Hubeler, 608-266-1390, dhubeler@
*Dec. 12, 2000, Tuesday, Pool Code Advisory Council, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sun Prairie City Hall, second floor council chambers, Jean MacCubbin, 608-266-0955,
*Dec. 13, 2000, Wednesday, Plumbing Advisory Code Council, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thompson Commerce Center first floor Human Resources Conference Room, 201 W Washington Ave., Madison, Jean MacCubbin, 608-266-0955,
  4. Testing drain and vent sytems with a manometer
A final test may be completed on a drain and vent system using a manometer. The manometer is an "instrument used for measuring the pressure of liquids and gases," which can show whether a drain and vent system maintains a certain pressure. If it doesn't, it needs to be checked for leakage.
The most common plumbing manometer is a U-shaped clear tube with a hose attached. When both ends of the manometer are open to free atmosphere, the water level in each side should be identical, because there is no pressure other than atmospheric pressure exerted on either side of the manometer. When one side of the manometer is inserted into a trap of a plumbing system, and the building sewer and vent terminals are plugged, the manometer can be used to test the drain and vent system for leaks. A person should blow air (slowly) into a tee connected to the same side of the manometer as the tube that's inserted in the D&V system until the water in one side of the manometer drops 1/2 inch and the water in the other side of the tube raises 1/2 inch (in this type of manometer). This is equal to one inch of water column pressure in the drain and vent system. Choose this image to enlarge it to show a manometer in a test situation. Choose this image to enlrage it to show a manometer in a test situation. Each trap will show identical changes to the manometer; the water will lower 1/2 inch on one side of the trap and raise 1/2 inch on the other side. If the pressure differential remains constant for five minutes, there are no leaks in the vent system. If the water columns readjust themselves to atmospheric pressure levels, there is leakage and it should be fixed.   5. Petitions for variance from Comm 83 will be concentrated on issues
by Brad Johnson, Bureau of Integrated Services POWTS Program Section Chief, 920-492-5605,
Implementation of the new Comm 83, Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Code, provides an opportunity to change Safety and Buildings Division procedures to make processing of Comm 83 petitions uniform with how the division processes other petitions for variance. The new performance-oriented Comm 83 allows more flexibility for designers and consumers, hopefully reducing the necessity to file petitions for variance from numerous obsolete prescriptive design requirements.
In other programs within S&B, a separate petition for variance must be submitted for each code section, or an independent issue addressed in multiple code sections. After November 30, S&B will only allow one code section, or an independent issue addressed in multiple code sections, to be petitioned per transaction. Each code section, or an individual issue citing multiple code sections, must be accompanied with a separate new Petition for Variance Application Form SBD-9890, supporting data demonstrating equivalence to the code section(s) being petitioned, and a $225 review fee.   6. Health care facilities: To submit, or not to submit? That is the question!
by Dan Kraft, S&B Plumbing Plan Reviewer
A recent code change affected the plan submittal requirements for health care facilities.
Comm Table 82.20-1, states that all plumbing, new installations, additions and alterations, regardless of the number of plumbing fixtures involved, to be installed in health care and related facilities must be submitted to the Safety and Buildings Division for review. All plumbing fixtures to be installed in health care facilities need to be reviewed per Table 82.20-1. So, exactly which types of health care and related facilities are we speaking of, when involving only one fixture? Hospitals and nursing homes. One-fixture submittals would not be required for animal hospitals, doctor or dentist offices, or clinics that are not located in a hospital. (There are individual fixtures noted in Table 1 and Table 82-20-2 that need to be reviewed regardless of what kind of public building they're in.) If you have any questions concerning these types of submittals, contact me, Dan Kraft, 608-266-8075,, or any of the plumbing plan reviewers or consultants.   7. Comm 90 pool code revison package expected to be effective in January or February 2001
by Lynita Docken, Pools Program Manager, 608-785-9349,
Comm 90, the Design and Construction of Public Swimming Pools Code, has revisions which should become effective January 1 or February 1, 2001.
Plan review fees will be increased at that time to reflect the actual cost of the plan reviewer's time. Gutter type pool plan review fees will increase to $600 per pool and whirlpool plans will carry a separate $450 fee. The 50 percent reduction in fees for a second pool plan has been removed from the code. Plan submission requirements in Comm 90.04 are revised to require submittal of four sets of plans to S&B for review. The new code will include paragraphs Comm 90.04(2) and (3) allowing designers to submit alternate or experimental pool or whirlpool designs. These designs may be used much like a "master design" in various installations statewide. Comm 90.08 is revised to contain allowances for pool basin obstructions, including roof support columns, no more than two feet in diameter, of a contrasting color, and protruding at least five feet above the pool bottom and no less than three feet above the water level. There are also revisions to the pool bench requirements. Deck obstructions (Comm 90.09) may be allowed if the obstruction is no greater than two feet in diameter and of a contrasting color, so as to provide adequate clearance, safety, visibility, and access. The appendix of Comm 90 will include the following drawing illustrating a code compliant whirlpool installation. Choose this illustartion from the Comm 90 appendix to enlarge it. Choose this image from the Comm 90 appendix to enlarge it.   8. CSA Int'l is listing agency
The Safety and Buildings Division now recognizes Canadian Standards Assoc. International as an acceptable listing agency for cross connection control devices and residential cation exchange water softeners. The products must be listed as conforming to the appropriate standard in Comm Table 84-11.
CSA's seal must be visible on the product after installation, as shownto the right. The seal with the 'C' and 'US' are for products for Canada and U.S., while the seal must be 'US' are for products for the U.S. only. LWF00011.gif (4080 bytes) S&B will be revising the appendix in Comm A-84.11 to include the following: CSA International (CSA), 178 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto, ON, Canada M9W 1R3.   9. Comm 83, POWTS Code, component manuals are sold by state Document Sales
The component manuals for the revised Comm 83, POWTS Code, will now be sold through the state Department of Administration's Document Sales and Distribution Section. During the transitional period to the new code, the manuals were distributed by the Safety and Buildings Division Madison office. Now, the manuals will be sold through the same agency that sells Comm 83 and other state administrative codes. For detailed ordering information, contact Document Sales, 608-266-3358, or email them,
All the component manuals will continue to be free electronically through the S&B WebSite:   10. Studor air admittance valve linked to alternate system approval
The Studor air admittance valve (AAV) and accompanying system has been approved for use in Wisconsin, effective January 1, 2001.
Because the valve can affect sizing and installation of the venting system, S&B has reviewed the Studor valve and system using the "alternate system" review process. Before issuing an alternate system approval, for over a year three staff members representing S&B field operations, plan review, and product review perspectives reviewed information submitted by the Studor company. Studor AAVs are sold in two sizes: the "mini-vent" and the "maxi-vent." The mini-vent is for 1 1/4-inch through 2-inch pipe and the maxi-vent is used on 3-inch and 4-inch vent piping. Following are the stipulations for system installation:
1. The AAV must be installed as required in the manufacturer's printed instructions. If the Wisconsin Plumbing Code or the alternate system approval stipulations vary from the manufacturer's instructions, the code and stipulations must be followed.
2. Studor valves must be tested immediately prior to or after installation. The test required is to one inch of water column positive pressure for 5 minutes.
3. The AAV must be installed within 15 degrees from vertical.
4. Each plumbing system using the AAV must have one three-inch vent terminating outside the building with an open pipe. Studor recommends this vent be the most downstream vent in the system. This is only a recom-mendation, not a requirement.
5. Frost protection is required if the AAV is installed in freezing temperatures.
6. The AAV must be installed:
- 4 inches above the weir of the highest trap being served;
- No more than 20 inches below the flood level rim of any fixture served;
- At least 6 inches above insulation materials;
- In an accessible area;
- In a ventilated space (at least one square inch of total opening), and;
- Within the trap to vent distances, Comm 82.31(9).
7. Horizontal offsets less than 36 inches above the floor are permitted except where the vent connects to another vent pipe.
8. The AAV may serve as a vent terminal for a:
- Branch vent;
- Individual vent;
- Circuit vent;
- Common vent;
- Combination drain and vent system;
- Stack vent;
- Wet vent, or;
- Vent stack.
9. The AAV may be located:
- Inside a building;
- Under an overhang of a building;
- Less than 10 feet from an air intake;
- Less than 5 feet from a power exhaust;
- Less than 10 feet horizontally from and less than 2 feet above roof scuttles, doors and openable windows;
- Less than 7 feet above a roof or the surrounding grade, but not less than 8 inches above a roof; and
- Less than 10 feet from a lot line.
10. If a branch drain served by an AAV connects to a drain stack below 4 branch intervals, a relief vent terminating outside the building with an open pipe must be installed between the most downstream fixture of the branch and the drain stack.
11. A branch served by an AAV shall not connect to any horizontal drain within 20 pipe diameters downstream from the base of a 2-inch or larger stack.
12. The AAV must not be located in:
- An enclosed stairwell;
- An area under positive pressure for more than 12 continuous hours;
- An area used as a supply or return air plenum; or
- A pit, vault or depression below the adjacent grade or floor level.
13. The AAV may not serve as a vent terminal for:
- Vents installed to relieve positive pressure;
- Vents serving chemical waste systems;
- Vents serving POWTS holding or treatment tanks;
- A stack vent serving 2 or more branch intervals; or
- A vent required by Comm 82.31(4)(a).
14. Vent sizing is affected when using the AAV as a vent terminal. The mini- and maxi- vent sizing tables are shown here (PDF, 54 KB).
For more information on installation requirements for the AAV system, contact one of the plumbing plan reviewers or plumbing consultants.   11. Continuing Education advertisement
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*Demonstrates OSHA's soil classification system
* Identifies hazards associated with excavation and trenching
* Helps understanding of different types of protective systems
*Provides information, rules, regulations, and methods needed in order to be an OSHA "Competent Person"
Location: Office of the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association, 2835 N. Mayfair Rd. - Suite 35, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53222 Dates: December 2, 2000 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or December 12 and 14, 2000 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $100 per person, including lunch Register: Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association, 414-778-1050 8 hours continuing education approved by the Safety and Buildings Division for Master Plumbers, Journeyman Plumbers, Master Plumbers-Restricted Service, Journeyman Plumbers-Restricted Service, Soil Testers Email this page's manager, Todd Taylor, The Department of Safety and Professional Services Safety and Buildings Division is an equal opportunity service provider and employer. If you need assistance to access services or need material in an alternate format, please contact us, 608-266-3151, TTY 608-264-8777, or