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Old 12-13-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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new home, need to softener, problem- the laundry sink is one floor above (distance from softener= 10ft vertically & 10ft horizontally) and the sever standpipe is not readily accessible. sump pit (advice on this forum) is not a good idea. so...

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1. is the laundry tub too high & far? (no help in installation guide)
2..are there pumps (like a/c condensate pumps) that can be used? i did some search but did find anything.
3. what are the other options

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Old 12-14-2011, 07:06 PM   #2
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All I can tell you that an AC condensate pump will not be able to handle the volume from a backwash. Isn't there any drain pipe in your basement that can be used?

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Try sending it to your storm drains.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:16 AM   #4
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When I installed a softener, I tapped into one of the drain lines in my crawl space, installed a trap, and ran a standpipe up through the floor right next to the softener. The softener installer put an air gap on the standpipe but that's not really necessary. It's no different than a washer drain standpipe.
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Try sending it to your storm drains.
i can do that.. but is it code-acceptable?
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i can do that.. but is it code-acceptable?
you can check with local officials we did something like this awhile back they were ok with it....
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i can do that.. but is it code-acceptable?
Around here the storm and sanitary drains are run completely separate. The sanitary drain water is treated before it's released and the storm water is not. Our local AHJ's (Authority Having Jurisdiction, aka local gov'ts) do not want to have to treat this extra/excess water and therefore have mandated that it's run to the storm drains.

As to whether it's acceptable in your locale, only your local city/county inspectors can accurately answer that question.

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