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        Picture of SturdyNail
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        Hello. Our washing machine dumps water into a utility sink. A switch, that uses a tube and fixture that sits in the water, turns the pump on/off. The waste water is pumped UP and out to the septic system.
        The switch is going bad and I'd like to change to a pump that collects water below the sink--so we don't constantly have standing water.
        Is this a job I could take on myself, or do I need to call in a pro?
        Here are some pictures of the setup:
        switch
        pump
        plumbing out from pump
        plumbing up connects to drain to septic

        Thanks in advance for your advice.
         
        Posts: 348 | Location: Western NewYork | Registered: Jan 26, 2012Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of Frodo
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        hard question to answer,,,it all depends on your knowledge and apitude for mechanical/plumbing work
        yes, you can do it, but can you?
        if it were me, i would buy a 50 gallon plastic drum
        cut a hole in the concrete and bury the drum
        route the drain piping to the drum,,and install a pump with float AND a overflow alarm .to pump up and out
         
        Posts: 4089 | Location: I live in southern mississippi | Registered: Jun 01, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of SturdyNail
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        Thanks Frodo.
        Cutting into and digging under the concrete is a lot more than I wanted to get into.
        If I just replace the pump with an under sink model, does anything about the existing plumbing look particularly difficult to replace?
         
        Posts: 348 | Location: Western NewYork | Registered: Jan 26, 2012Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of Frodo
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        ok,..measure the output of the washer. you can put a container
        of X capiciety under the sink, then use a submersable pump with a float
        to lift to existing piping..that will get rid of your standing water problem.
        question????? after your pump kicks on, and pumps out, when it trurns off
        is their any water left in sink? if yes, your ck valve is stuck open..if no your good to go
         
        Posts: 4089 | Location: I live in southern mississippi | Registered: Jun 01, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of SturdyNail
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        Frodo, there's always some water that comes back into the sink.
         
        Posts: 348 | Location: Western NewYork | Registered: Jan 26, 2012Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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