We are needing to install a washer and dryer in our basement.The floor is set on a concrete slab and all of the walls that we would like to install the washer and dryer on are on the opposite side of wall from where a toilet is placed in the bathrooms. We cannot think of any way to drain the washer into the existing drain for the toilet without tearing up the floor. Is that our only option?
It would depend on how far you need to move the water and how high you have to lift the water. You could install a laundry sink and install a laundry sink pump in the sink to pump the water up and over to a drain coming down from the second floor. A sump is also an option but would involve digging up the floor as well.
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where are you in regard to the main DWV stack? in many cases, cheapness and ability to avoid running another vent stack through the roof means toilets are installed with 5-6 feet of the drain stack.
if this is the case as is usual, and if you open the wall where you're going to do the laundry, you can brace and crack the stack, install a sanitary Y, a 90 L, a drain trap on the open side, and set your washer drain into that.
minimum code is a 2-inch drain line for the washer so it doesn't overflow, and install the drain tap low on the wall, so you get several feet of feedline ending at or a little above the top of the washer, before you stick the drain hose's elbow in. this helps prevent backflow. also known as the washer is lower, so it pulls in junk from the stack.
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need to see a picture of the basement layout
so far it sounds like you need to bust floor
but, if i see it.. maybe i can save you money
3 things you need to know about a waher drain
1.. the waste line needs to run a MIN of 5 ft before it ties into the main waste line
or it WILL suds up on you
2 your stand pipe HAS to be more than 18 in tall perferably 24in tall. again suds up and backs up due to the drain pump
3 install a co. above the washer. if it needs to be cleaned out. you wont have to move a full washer to do it
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