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christoff 06-18-2010 11:58 AM

floor drain
 
hello, i have a floor drain in the basement that goes to clay pipes that are not attached to the sanitary drain,they appear to go to the weeping tiles on the side of the house. i think they are supposed to drain basement water in case of a flood, they seem to be clogged with mud and roots, my question is if i elliminate that clay pipe, can i just put the floor drain into the 4"sewage line or is that not allowed? am i supposed to use a sump pit instead? i am located in toronto ontario thanks

47_47 06-18-2010 12:20 PM

I do not know what is allowed Toronto, but around here you cannot connect the floor drains, downspouts.. to your sewer lines. This is to reduce the amount of water that needs to be treated.

canadaclub 06-18-2010 01:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 47_47 (Post 458156)
I do not know what is allowed Toronto, but around here you cannot connect the floor drains, downspouts.. to your sewer lines. This is to reduce the amount of water that needs to be treated.

Same thing goes for Toronto.

christoff 06-18-2010 03:43 PM

i just did some more concrete breaking, and there is another 4" clay y connection on the sewer drain that is hooked into the floor drain, so the floor drain has 2 outlets 1 seems to go to the weeping tiles or visa versa, and the other to the sewer. i guess i can block off the weeper side and just use the floor drain as it was installed 58 years ago, am i correct?

Daniel Holzman 06-18-2010 06:46 PM

Are you asking a legal question or a practical question? Previous posts indicate it is illegal to connect a floor drain to the sanitary sewer in Toronto. Whether you can legally keep an existing connection is a legal matter that only an attorney can address. As a practical matter, if you maintain the connection, your system will function by directing drainage into the sanitary system.

christoff 06-18-2010 06:54 PM

hi daniel, i have a permit in place and i would just like to know if i can keep the existing setup to pass the permit inspection ie. would it be considered grandfather claused or not.

Scuba_Dave 06-18-2010 07:45 PM

By closing up one side you are essentially changing the setup
IMO then it would not be grandfathered

christoff 06-18-2010 09:14 PM

i suppose you are correct, i will contact the inspector to see the best way to handle the situation.thanks

Scuba_Dave 06-18-2010 09:25 PM

Here it is not grandfathered in any way
Once discovered it must be fixed
In fact if they find you pumping/draining rainwater into the sewage system you can be fined up to $1500

They had a huge problem with the sewage treatment plant being unable to handle the load during rainstorms
They have run "amnesty" programs to get people to come forward to change their drains


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