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Old 06-19-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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washing machine drain issues

Greetings all. I have a washing machine the drains into a 30ish gallon tub with a few holes in the bottom. these holes drain to a floor drain right underneath the tub.

The floor drain has a high water level all the time. This is all in my basement of my 60year old home.

this is also the ONLY drain in the entire basement.

i'm sure that the water level is just that high because of a trap. what i would like to do is figure out a way to get rid of the tub. i was able to pour about 5 gallons of water onto the drain and it splashed around the drain basin but it didn't overflow. (the basin looks like it used to have a floor grate on it.

its about 8X8in and set about 1 inch deep.) My other thought was to install a utility sink where the washing machine could drain into and then have the sink drain into the floor drain. i could angle the drain piping to slow it down a little and have the discharge directly over the top of the drain or even submerged a little. Suggestions are more than welcome.

i'm not too concerned with being 100% code legal and i do not want to have to bust up the concrete to add drain pipes to the main line.


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Old 06-19-2012, 09:50 AM   #2
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The only right way to do it is to connect it to the main sewer line.
Sounds like your just dumping water under your slab which can cause all kinds of bad things to happen.


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Old 06-19-2012, 10:18 AM   #3
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If that drain is working well--you could add a laundry sink and run the drain into it--

Joe's idea of opening the floor and adding a proper drain is the best way--but a basin draining into the floor drain sure is better than the mess you have now---

Laundry sinks are cheap---
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