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miscatl 07-30-2012 02:52 PM

Unique freezing problem
 
Hi, I have inherited an interesting issue and hoping you guys can help me figure out a way to get it resolved. I have a furnace condensate drain tube that takes a very complex path from my upstairs furnace (jammed in crawl) to the its termination point outside my exterior wall. Each winter the damn thing freezes up and i have to thaw with a hairdryer. Is there any way to address this from the termination point? i.e. insulate, etc? the issue is it freezes as soon as it hit ambient air and then i am back to sq 1. Thanks!

ben's plumbing 07-30-2012 08:54 PM

can you install a condensate pump and reroute drain off furnace to pump and terminate inside at a drain point:yes:

biggles 07-31-2012 07:02 AM

tee off the drain line just before it exits the house run it to an open sink in the basement put 2 cheap ball/gate valve on each line after the tee and do a winter/summer switching...why are you freezing condensate in the winterfrom the ac?..or is it induced draft piping that is producing condensate during the heating cycle...

miscatl 07-31-2012 08:11 AM

Thanks for both of you for your response. I do have a pump that takes the condensate from the second story up over the roof rafters to the outside wall then down to the first floor and it comes out the wall to drain on the ground. There is no easy way to get to the crawlspace (i.e. it drains onto a bluestone patio). I'll post some pictures after work today to help clarify.

biggles 07-31-2012 09:46 AM

just a thought..but if you have a sewer vent pipe rising up thru the attic:wink:...who said that............:huh:

Lightfoot 07-31-2012 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by biggles (Post 978258)
just a thought..but if you have a sewer vent pipe rising up thru the attic:wink:...who said that............:huh:

that is too funny!:laughing:
I thought about that this morning also, but wasn't gonna post it.
I thought, as soon as i post it, the sky will start falling. ("that's not to code" posts)
If it were mine, it would've already been done.:laughing:


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