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    Anyone ever seen a washer drain like this? They've put a sump pump inside a garbage can, and tied that in to the drain system. My first thought was that this is just plain wrong, but after thinking for a while, this is also a major problem in case of a sewage backup. The basement will be flooded in no time. Other thoughts?

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    Default Re: New Washer Drain Design?

    This looks like a home made grinder pump, is this home on spetic?


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    City water - in East Nashville.


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    Default Re: New Washer Drain Design?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant Jones View Post
    Anyone ever seen a washer drain like this? They've put a sump pump inside a garbage can, and tied that in to the drain system. My first thought was that this is just plain wrong, but after thinking for a while, this is also a major problem in case of a sewage backup. The basement will be flooded in no time. Other thoughts?
    Grant,

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    And where did the dryer vent exhaust to?


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    Good question. Wrote that up, too... See pic.

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    I guess when the trash can runs over, the homeowner knows it's time to clean the washer lint from plugging the sump pump inlet screen!


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    Default Re: New Washer Drain Design?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant Jones View Post
    Anyone ever seen a washer drain like this? They've put a sump pump inside a garbage can, and tied that in to the drain system. My first thought was that this is just plain wrong, but after thinking for a while, this is also a major problem in case of a sewage backup. The basement will be flooded in no time. Other thoughts?
    Sweet setup!

    They actually make sewage ejector systems for this specific purpose, complete w/ 30 gal tank. They typically come with a dual float, one for activation and the other for alarm. The discharge pipe has a check valve in it to prevent sewage backflow. If you know a handy electrician, you can actually wire the alarm so it cuts power to the washer in the case of pump failure.


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    Thanks, Corn Walker. Are you an Indiana man? I would send that info to the buyer, but this along with about 10 other things in this home gave me the feeling they wouldn't pursue the purchase.


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    looks like another job well done by the git er dun boys with the you all listed components


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