ASTM C1214 - 13

    Standard Test Method for Concrete Pipe Sewerlines by Negative Air Pressure (Vacuum) Test Method

    Active Standard ASTM C1214 | Developed by Subcommittee: C13.09

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.05


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This is not a routine test. The values recorded are applicable only to the sewer being tested and at the time of testing.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers procedures for testing concrete pipe sewerlines, when using the negative air pressure (vacuum) test method to demonstrate the integrity of the installed material and the construction procedures. This test method covers testing of 4 to 36-in. diameter circular concrete pipe sewerlines utilizing gasketed joints.

    Note 1The user of this test method is advised that methods described herein may also be used as a preliminary test to enable the manufacturer or installer to demonstrate the condition of sewer pipe prior to delivery or backfill. Minimum test times presented in Table 1 are for pipelines. Holding times for testing an individual pipe may have to be increased to allow for the accumulation of leakage when the tested pipe are incorporated into a continuous pipeline.
    Note 2The user of this test method is advised that the negative air pressure (vacuum) test criteria presented in this test method are similar to those in general use. The test and criteria have been used widely and successfully in testing smaller diameter pipe. Larger pipe will be accepted more conveniently by visual inspection and individual joint testing.
    Note 3Test times tabulated and the rate of air loss in this standard are based on successful testing of installed pipelines. However, since air and water have different physical properties, retests of some pipelines not meeting field air tests have been successful when tested with water.

    1.2 This test method is the inch-pound companion to Test Method C1214M; therefore, no SI equivalents are presented in the test method.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. See Section 6 for specific safety precautions.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    C822 Terminology Relating to Concrete Pipe and Related Products

    C924 Practice for Testing Concrete Pipe Sewer Lines by Low-Pressure Air Test Method

    C969 Practice for Infiltration and Exfiltration Acceptance Testing of Installed Precast Concrete Pipe Sewer Lines


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 23.040.50 (Pipes and fittings of other materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 40171510(Commercial concrete pipe)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/C1214

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    Citation Format

    ASTM C1214-13, Standard Test Method for Concrete Pipe Sewerlines by Negative Air Pressure (Vacuum) Test Method, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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