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Old 12-20-2009, 05:19 PM   #1
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We are going to be having a concrete slab poured. We currently are having some plumbing work done and the plumber asked me if I really needed a floor drain in the utility room. There will be the hot water heater in the utility room. It got me to thinking about what someone else said to me about probably never needing a drain and leads me to the question; if it was your house would you even install a floor drain to begin with ?

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Old 12-20-2009, 05:34 PM   #2
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Normally a floor drain is installed when you expect to hose down the floor a lot, for example in a restaurant kitchen or a commercial bathroom.

Normally a floor drain is not installed just to cover the situation when a water heater in the room springs a leak.

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Old 12-21-2009, 05:20 AM   #3
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I'd definitely have a floor drain near the water heater. Even if the water heater never leaks, at some point you're going to have to replace it. Where are you going to drain all that water? Or lets say the water heater does leak. Where is all that water going to go? You could use a shop vac to get it all up, but do you really want to? I'd have the floor drain installed along with a trap primer to keep the trap wet.
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Thanks for the help. I agree with both comments. Im leaning toward putting it in since its new construction and the cost wouldnt be as high.
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If you decide to have the drain installed, make sure you add water to it once a month. The water in an unused trap will evaporate and allow sewer gas to enter the house. Be aware that the floor will need to be pitched towards the drain. This may cause an uneven feeling while walking in a small room.
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Wouldn't a floor drain be necessary for the condensate for air conditioning and the high efficiency furnaces?
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drtbk4ever, it would be a nice addition, IF the furnace and AC are in the room. From my point of view, it is just something to catch dirt and other things dropped onto the floor. This is where it becomes a choice for the home owner.
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If I was going to have a lot of tile floors then I'd want a floor drain to make it easier to empty the mop bucket.

If I still made beer I'd want a floor drain (because there can be a lot of waste water).

If you put a handicap accessible shower in your utility room then you'd automatically have a floor drain.
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drtbk4ever, it would be a nice addition, IF the furnace and AC are in the room.
Good point.
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All great advice. Thanks

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