Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-16-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 128
Rewards Points: 75
Default

kitchen sink drains to sump pit


Hi,

We have recently bought a 55 year old house in Louisville, KY. It's a ranch house with a finished basement. I discovered that my kitchen sink upstairs drains into the sump pit in the basement. (And I'm guessing that the dishwasher, too.) We have a kitchen and a bathroom in the basement, but they DON'T drain to the sump pit, so it is especially puzzling why they connected the upstairs kitchen to the sump.

Neither the seller not the inspector mentioned this. Is this even up to code? The sump pump dumps the water onto the driveway.

As for who is responsible, if it is not up to code: I'm guessing I'm on my own. We have lots of expenses with the new house, so I really don't want to run into another thousand dollar repair. I'm pretty handy - is this something I may be able to tackle myself?

Thanks,

csab_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2011, 07:17 PM   #2
Master General ReEngineer
 
Bondo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Chaumont River, Ny.
Posts: 3,683
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

kitchen sink drains to sump pit


Quote:
I'm guessing I'm on my own.
I'm pretty handy - is this something I may be able to tackle myself?
Ayuh,... I'm guessin' yer Right,...

Plastic plumbin' ain't too awful hard,...
Have ya got enough drop, 'n a sewer pipe close by to tap into,..??

Bondo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2011, 08:16 AM   #3
DIY staff
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 21,859
Rewards Points: 2,366
Default

kitchen sink drains to sump pit


Post some pictures-----My guess is that the original piping clogged up and they made a quick 'temporary' fix----and then lived with it forever.
__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to oh'mike For This Useful Post:
csab_ (01-08-2012)
Old 08-17-2011, 11:35 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: WV
Posts: 2,942
Rewards Points: 2,064
Default

kitchen sink drains to sump pit


In many areas it's legal to discharge gray water directly to the ground. But even if legal, I sure wouldn't want it dumping on my driveway.
md2lgyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2011, 03:12 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 128
Rewards Points: 75
Default

kitchen sink drains to sump pit


Thanks for the responses! I will have to take apart the kitchen sink cabinet to see where the pipes are. I can see where the sewer pipe is coming down to the basement and it doesn't seem to be far from the kitchen sink. I'll post some pictures later.

Thanks,
csab_ is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to csab_ For This Useful Post:
oh'mike (08-17-2011)
Old 01-08-2012, 06:24 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 128
Rewards Points: 75
Default

kitchen sink drains to sump pit


Update: We finally got this fixed. All in all we had a lot bigger job done, which included the installation of a backflow preventer valve, but the Sewer District paid for a good portion of the cost. At the end we only paid ~$500. (And I'm trying to get the previous owner to pay this.)

So oh'mike was probably right. We found the old drain in the ground, clogged and partially fallen apart. The plumbers connected the kitchen to a drain under the slab that I would have never found (but the guy figured out where it must be). I'm glad I didn't do it myself. The work itself is not too hard, but the plumbers knew all those (somewhat arbitrary) regulations, and of course I didn't have enough exprerience to find that drain pipe.

I cleaned the sump pit, which was super disgusting after about 10 years of kitchen water being collected there. Since the water table is way below our house, I have zero accumulation water in the sump pit now.

I'm so glad it's done. I also learned a ton of things about plumbing.

csab_ is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to csab_ For This Useful Post:
oh'mike (01-08-2012), TheEplumber (01-08-2012)
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need help re-routing kitchen sink vent Fingers Plumbing 11 10-23-2009 03:17 PM
Help moving kitchen sink pflaxman Plumbing 2 09-22-2009 12:19 AM
Anybody install or own a CORNER kitchen sink? Also RTA cabs... matermark Kitchen & Bath Remodeling 2 01-24-2009 05:41 PM
drain rough-in for kitchen sink amakarevic Plumbing 1 07-27-2008 05:59 PM
vent stack for kitchen sink Knucklez Plumbing 4 04-02-2008 06:49 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.