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Old 01-28-2012, 05:30 PM   #1
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Can my water softner drain be pumped up?


I am wanting to install a water softener in my home. The only place to put it is in the crawl space which I have access to via trap door through the main level floor. I could easily add salt to the brine tank by simply opening the trap door, removing the cover and pouring it in. The plumbing should be very simple except the drain. There is NO floor drain in my basement.

Would it be possible to run the drain hose up to the drain my washing machine uses? It would be about 6' upward. Is this advisable at all?

Please let me know.

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Old 01-28-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
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It should be able to work. The water softner works off water pressure so I'm sure you will be fine.

However I would caution you about putting the water softner in a crawl space because of the bugs and spiders may be able to enter the brine tank. You might cause contamination to the tank.

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Old 01-28-2012, 06:02 PM   #3
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Really bad location to pick.
Hard to service, moisture is going to be hard on the electronics, hard to fill.
How would you gain access to the crawl space if that's in the way?
Why not in the laundry room?
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Really bad location to pick.
Hard to service, moisture is going to be hard on the electronics, hard to fill.
How would you gain access to the crawl space if that's in the way?
Why not in the laundry room?

The crawl space is typically very dry as it is where the furnace is located.

It's actually very easy to fill as all I need to do is open the door, lift the lid, and dump.

Laundry room...I wish I had one of those.

I just installed my new softener and according to the instructions the waste line can be run as high as 8'.

Wy wife has done 3 loads of laundry, I topped off the hot tub, and now I am looking forward to having a shower with soft water in the morning.

All is well.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:51 AM   #5
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you answered my question thanks ...I was going to ask what type of softener you purchased and what is the limit to the lift height on the drain discharge....ben
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