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cellophane 06-24-2010 05:03 PM

Condensate pipe discharge location ?
 
There is a condensate pipe running from the upstairs air handler down the side of my house and it stops about 48" above the ground. There is a constant drip from it and the ground underneath the pipe is a soupy mess. I know how to add to the pipe and re-route it, but I don't know what to do with the water that comes out or where to route it too. If I just re-route and don't do something with the water I'll end up with soup somewhere else and that obviously isn't ideal.

Any thoughts on how to deal with this issue? If I could reclaim the water (flower irrigation?) somehow that would be ideal but there isn't really room for a full on rain barrel (and not enough water) along the side.

Michael Thomas 06-24-2010 05:10 PM

Is it the primary or secondary drain? If it's the secondary, it's supposed to discharge at a location where occupants will notice condensate if the primary drain line plugs and water is diverted to the secondary drain.

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cellophane 06-24-2010 07:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Michael Thomas (Post 460918)
Is it the primary or secondary drain? If it's the secondary, it's supposed to discharge at a location where occupants will notice condensate if the primary drain line plugs and water is diverted to the secondary drain.

that i do not know. i'll have to call the installer and ask.

Tom Struble 06-24-2010 08:15 PM

check your gutters the primary may be in there

sethmorgan 06-29-2010 09:06 AM

I installed a patio in my back yard last year, and the condensate drain was located where it would drip on the patio. Before prepping the area to lay stones, I dug a 20' long trench and buried one of those flexible 4" corrugated black drain pipes (with holes and mesh sleeve). I positioned the mouth of the pipe directly beneath the condensate output, and installed a grate to keep stuff out.

Haven't had any issues with it filling up, or seeing any evidence of it soaking into the soil above (such as a nice green strip of watered grass).


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