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Old 11-11-2008, 09:41 AM   #1
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Can you drain an air handler AC condensation pipe right into the ground?

We live in an old brownstone and the handler is downstairs. The floor is built 20 inches off the ground (dirt)

I was hoping just to drain this into a small hole and let it go into the ground water.

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yup its done all the time if you are the homeowner im sure its legal for you to do although it may not be code legal although most citys dont want you dumping unmetered sewage (free sewage) so its all good make sure you put a trap inline or you will probably have draining problems because of the negitive pressure exsisting in the drainline due to coil placement
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It would seem that if you dump condensate on the dirt, in the unconditioned space, it's going to be quite damp and could cause issues with anything wood in the area. Are there any another options? Could you dump it into a sump pit and pump it outside? Bury a sump pit in the dirt with holes in the bottom and a lid, letting the natural soil percolation remove the water from the sump pit.
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If you have a pump why not just run it outside and be done with it?
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