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Old 10-25-2012, 01:03 PM   #1
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Hi. Let me preface this by saying I know NOTHING about plumbing so this is probably a stupid question.

In my basement, there was no floor drain near the furnace for the A/C condensate. There is a floor clean out about 3 feet from the furnace.

My contractor chipped out the slap and ran a new drain which comes out of the floor beside the furnace. Why couldn't I just uncap the clean out and drain the AC into that?

Is it because the clean out does not have a trap?

Again, sorry for the stupidity. I'm just curious.

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Hi. Let me preface this by saying I know NOTHING about plumbing so this is probably a stupid question.

In my basement, there was no floor drain near the furnace for the A/C condensate. There is a floor clean out about 3 feet from the furnace.

My contractor chipped out the slap and ran a new drain which comes out of the floor beside the furnace. Why couldn't I just uncap the clean out and drain the AC into that?

Is it because the clean out does not have a trap?

Again, sorry for the stupidity. I'm just curious.

Bit of a novice myself - so Ill test what I think i have learned/do know....

You cant leave that clean out open - it needs to be closed or sewage gasses would creap into your home.

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Hi. Let me preface this by saying I know NOTHING about plumbing so this is probably a stupid question.

In my basement, there was no floor drain near the furnace for the A/C condensate. There is a floor clean out about 3 feet from the furnace.

My contractor chipped out the slap and ran a new drain which comes out of the floor beside the furnace. Why couldn't I just uncap the clean out and drain the AC into that?

Is it because the clean out does not have a trap?

Again, sorry for the stupidity. I'm just curious.
To answer your question, Yes.

He could have, however tapped into the cleanout fitting, and run an exposed drain above the floor with a p-trap on it, and a trap primer.

Not really sure what would have been more expensive, but if you prefer the piping being below the slab, then that's just fine.
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