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Katholic 04-18-2013 11:41 AM

Water Heater Drain
The only outside drain in basement is 25ft run of 3" PCV pipe under concrete flooring in furnace/waterheater room that dumps into sump pump. Such was done (I assume) by home builder to deal with condensation that would flow forth from 5 Ton AC through 1\2" PCV that "sits" in the drain. When AC runs condensation flows out of pipe into sump pump which pumps water outside of dwellng.

When I had 50 gallon water-heater replace, I also had plumber sit heater in an aluminum drain-pan to safeguard against flooding if it should become problematic in the future, i.e., burst, leak, etc. If I connect pan outlet to the above noted drain, will the hot water flowing from the heater through such damage the sump pump or kill grass outside where it dumps out.


joecaption 04-18-2013 11:54 AM

Hurting the grass would be the least of your worrys if that tank leaks or the relief valve pops off.
Far better then a flooded basement.

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