In some circumstances it may be a soil stack vent, rather than the vent from a waste treatment system, that is the source of unwanted odours.
The purpose of the soil stack vent is to neutralise the negative pressure waves, that are created by the discharge of appliances, by allowing air into the system. However, since it also provides an open airway to the contents of the sewage system it can also give rise to odour problems when badly sited.
In theory, our filters can block the unwanted odours and may appear to be the ideal solution. However, the limited airflow capacity of the filters could lead to other problems such as the siphoning of traps in appliances such as shower trays and handbasins.
If you think your problem is being caused by a soil stack vent, you should be installing an Air Admittance Valve (AAV) rather than a two-way odour filter.
N.B. Before you install an AAV on to the soil stack vent, you must ensure that the sewage system is independently ventilated, or that there is a second open soil vent. Failure to do so will cause a dangerous build up of sewer gas within the pipework.
Air admittance valves (AAVs) are pressure-activated, one-way mechanical vents, used in a plumbing system to eliminate the need for conventional pipe venting and roof penetrations.
A discharge of wastewater causes the AAV to open, releasing the vacuum and allowing air to enter the plumbing vent pipe for proper drainage. Otherwise, the valve remains closed, preventing the escape of sewer gas and maintaining the trap seals.
Using AAVs can significantly reduce the amount of venting materials needed in a plumbing system, allow greater flexibility in the layout of plumbing fixtures, and reduce long-term roof maintenance problems associated with conventional vent stack roofing penetrations.
Whilst AAVs have been around for many years their use until now has been limited to internal installation by local planning regulations.
However, improvements in technology, together with a new European standard for AAVs (EN12380), have resulted in the availability of valves that have been fully approved for external installation.
Approvals and Standards
Product is A1 approved in accordance with BS EN 12380 - it can be installed below the flood level of connected appliances.
Tested and approved for use in installations varying between -20° and +60°c (no insulation required).
CE marked to level 4, attestation of conformity in accordance with BS EN12380.
FloPlast Air Admittance Valves are kitemark licenced in accordance with BS EN 12380:2002 licence number KM 512474.