Last edited 13 Jul 2021


In its broadest sense, the word ‘sweep’ refers to the process of moving something over a surface in a continuous movement, such as using a brush to clean a floor.

However, the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC), published by the International Code Council (ICC) defines a sweep as: ‘A drainage fitting designed to provide a change in direction of a drain pipe of less than the angle specified by the amount necessary to establish the desired slope of the line. Sweeps provide a longer turning radius than bends and a less turbulent flow pattern…’

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