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Old 01-23-2018, 05:00 PM   #1
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My washer is in the basement that drains into a pipe thats above it. it looks kind of....cob jobbed? im not sure as im a first time home owner and dont really know much about plumbing at all. was just wondering if that is the proper way to do it and if theres any way to make it look "cleaner" with a valve/adapter/fitting of some sort? thanks in advance!
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Technically the washer will pump it that high, and you need a trap, which you have. Not the best drain, but the cards are dealt. I only question the method of securing the washer drain pipe to the drain pipe. Does it pop out or is all that tape necessary? You won't get any sewer gasses since you have a trap. It is possible the original owner had problems with it backing up when pumping, thus the cob tape.

While we are on the laundry subject, pull all that corrugated dryer pipe down and replace it with smooth bore solid pipe. The corrugated will catch a bunch of lint and it will fall to the bottom and cause an occlusion, making drying less effective and possibly a fire.
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As long as the washer can pump to that height (it should), it's unusual but OK. The drain pipe through the wall is what it is, external plumbing no doubt created when the house was built. The washer in the basement is an afterthought. If the washer has trouble emptying and pumping the water up to the drain pipe, you would need an auxiliary lift pump to help it along. They even make "up flush" toilers for use below grade like that. Saniflow makes a whole line of plumbing products designed for situations like that.
https://www.upflushtoilet.com/pages/faq-basement-toilet
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standpipe for washer isn't long enough
allowing bubbles/suds etc to blowback
that's my guess why tape is there & that
double 90 direction change is not helping either

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All good advice. Redo that drain line , get rid of 2 of them ells, make the straight piece longer.

Dryer vent . Remove that fire hazard slinky. Install galvanized pipe, Use duct tape or metal tape, no screws, Make sure the pipe joints are going with the flow of the exhaust right from the start out of the dryer. No trapping lint.
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