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Installing a Washer in basement

Installing my Washer in basement, the drain comes down the wall off of the main sewer line and stops half way down the wall, has a threaded fitting, and was trying to figure out if the washer connects to the with a pipe barb and clamp the drain hose to that, I have never seen a hook up like this before, got me thinking about it, don't know by looking at it, and don't know if the washer pump will lift that far?

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  • karlaandpaul Nov 08, 2008

    I have the same issue. The question is really about how far the washer can lift the water. I'd still want it to drop into the sewer line, as I don't want to have a sewer backup that drains back into the washer! Do I install some sort of backflow device where the washer would push it open?



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The top of the drain pipe that the washing machine drains in to should be about 3 feet off the ground. If the sewer pipe is higher than that you can either get a longer hose, or drain it into a sump with a sump pump that pumps it into the sewer pipe. If you don't have a sump, first try the longer hose and make sure it drains to a point higher than the sewer pipe (that would be the easiest) or cut a hole in your floor and put in a sump and sump pump (the most difficult).

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You will need a non return valve so the dirty water does non go back into the machine ?? if you are able to rig up a pipe you can see how much your machine can lift the water and how high

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