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Old 12-30-2011, 12:36 PM   #1
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How high is too high for washer drain


I'm looking into putting a washer and dryer in my basement and everything is already set (power and vent for dryer, hot/cold water pipes for washer). There is a pipe that goes directly into my sewer line that I want to drain the washer into, however it is about 6 feet off of the ground and I'm wondering if a washer can pump the water that high. I have had various people tell me different things, some saying that it is the perfect height and others saying it is too high. I am looking into getting a top load (older style) set, which I am told pump water higher. Any thoughts from anyone else?

I was also told that manufacturers will also specify pumping height for their washers but was wondering what the "sweet spot" height is for a washer. Any feedback is appreciated.

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I was also told that manufacturers will also specify pumping height for their washers
You were told right. I'd go with whatever the instructions say. It definitely won't be 6 feet, so it's just a matter of cutting the pipe off.

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Is there a trap on this pipe? If not, there should be.

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I'm looking into putting a washer and dryer in my basement and everything is already set (power and vent for dryer, hot/cold water pipes for washer).
er, not quite all set.

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There is a pipe that goes directly into my sewer line that I want to drain the washer into, however it is about 6 feet off of the ground
It's a rare basement that doesn't have the waste line running below grade.
Find where your pipe does.

Hopefully that will be a convenient location for the washer.
If not... you'll need to trench or buy an ejector pump.
I'd almost always prefer to trench.

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Thank you guys very much for your feedback.

There is an existing P trap in place.

I did a quick search and noticed that many manufacturers of the type of washer I'm looking into make mention of the drain hose needing to be no higher than 96in., so it sounds like I should be within the recommended range.

The pipe I will be draining into is about 8 feet to the left of where the main sewer line exits the home, which is down about 2-3 feet lower than where the washer will drain.

Any suggestions on how to seal off the gap around where the washer drain hose will go into the pvc pipe? I was thinking of sealing it off with duct tape but wasn't sure if there was a preferred method.
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Oregon code does not allow the standpipe for the washer to be less than 18" or more than 30"

I'm sure other areas have similar restrictions regardless of what the washing machine manufacturer says.
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Where is the wye/san-tee cut in at?

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