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Old 05-27-2012, 02:23 PM   #1
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The house I just bought has the washing machine draining directly into the sump pump well. Is that a problem? The sump then drains out to the sewer anyway. The sewer line is at the basement ceiling so I am not sure how to have a washing machine drain upwards. I would appreciate any ideas. Thank you.

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Old 05-27-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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The washing machine can drain to any place that its factory supplied drain hose can reach, although unfortunately a ceiling level drain pipe is too high. An official washing machine drain pipe (standpipe) is vertical and at least 2 inches in diameter and at least 18 inches long down to a trap which then taps into a drain

Draining into the sump pump well is not recommendted because the soapy water can deteriorate the sump pump and lint in that water could eventually clog the pump outlet pipe. You should have a sewage pump and well, usually a unit which sits on the basement floor, (which works the same way) instead.

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Allan thank you for the information. Can you tell me more about the sewage pump and well? Cost? Brands? Thank you.
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try one of these links
http://www.libertypumps.com/Products...?p=19&s=8&c=15
http://www.saniflo.com/project/index...pe/part/step/2
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:17 PM   #5
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After many Google searches I have read that most modern washing machines can drain upwards of at least 96. My sewer line is about 6 off the basement floor.
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