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Old 10-21-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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Is this a drain? (above water softner loop)


I want to add a water softener and don't want to make assumptions. Is this a drain that I can use for the softener's backwash? Thanks in advance for the help.

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Old 10-21-2012, 03:07 PM   #2
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I would find out who the plumber that did the work on the house when it was built and find out from them as to why they did the y just inside the wall.

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Old 10-21-2012, 03:24 PM   #3
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Looks more like a funky clean out then a drain, very strange set up.
Is that PVC supply lines?
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:43 PM   #4
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Thanks for responding. Yes the bottom two are supply lines. I have PVC running out of one through 4 big blue water filters and then back.

If it's a clean out could I still use it for the water softener backwash?
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Hold in there for some real plumbers to respond.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:27 PM   #6
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Hard to tell for sure if the cap on that line is threaded or not, too much white in the pic. Nevertheless a cleanout cannot be used as a drain. Don't you have a floor drain somewhere nearby that you could drain the softener to? Laundry tub/sink?
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:02 AM   #7
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The cap is NOT threaded. Unfortunately this is in my garage and no floor drain is present. Also I am the third owner of the house and no blueprints were given.

If the cap is not threaded does that mean it's a drain or a cleanout? Is there a way I can tell the difference if I take the cap off?

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There should be a builder of record for your place.
That builder would have a record as to the plumber for the build.
That is the only real way of finding out the true meaning of the part in question.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:21 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the advice. I called the clerk of courts and at least have the blueprints (and the developers phone number). Hopefully they will get back to me with the plumbing blue prints.

Thanks again for the help.

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