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Old 03-27-2011, 08:20 PM   #1
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I want to install a drain in my basement floor for a dehumidifier. It runs constantly in summer. Can I drill a hole in the basement concrete floor and just drop the water from dehumidifier down the hole under the house? The secondary question is I have a radon removal system, wondering if a hole messes with the radon system by changing pressure under the house.

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Don't do that!

Buy a condensate pump---little box with a pump inside---pump the water to a sink.---Mike--

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as a general rule, mike's right,,, our present furnace a/c exchanger now drips into bsmt floor & same was done in our previous home,,, no radon issues in either BUT sealing the drainline wouldn't exacerbate any radon,,, HOWEVER, be sure you know what you're doing,,, very possible to cause further troubles as per mike.
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As a young apprentice, years ago, it was my job to make to hole for such a drain, and I don't ever remember being called back to any of the sites to have it changed.

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Does it make sense to introduce water to the under floor environment?
For under $50.00, you can get a condensate pump and 3/8"tubing and run it correctly.
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Does it make sense to introduce water to the under floor environment?
For under $50.00, you can get a condensate pump and 3/8"tubing and run it correctly.
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Isn't that just adding another unnecessary point of maintenance, a dehumidifier may put out a gallon every couple days if that, and its clean water, why not just put it below slab.

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Isn't that just adding another unnecessary point of maintenance, a dehumidifier may put out a gallon every couple days if that, and its clean water, why not just put it below slab.

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I live on LI,NY. Prior to fitting the pump, I'd fill the tank in a day during the Summer at a 50% setting on the unit.
I actually have a floor drain and live where the drainage is great(beach sand under 2')
I still prefer the pump.
Other then the initial installation, it's basically maintenance free.
What you do is based on where you live, the soil you have and your comfort level in the basement hole.
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