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Vertical draining Is this possible with this model? I have a finished basement and would prefer not to introduce unnecessary moisture into the french drain. I was hoping to find a way to drain directly into the sump. To do this neatly, I would need run a line up from the unit, across a span of ceiling joists, then back down to the sump. Can this be done, or does the water only drain on a downward pitch?

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Water only runs down hill. To accomplish your task you would need a small condensate pump to get the vertical lift to transfer to your sump. as an example "http://www.hartell.com/corp/details/0,,CLI1_DIV32_ETI3740,00.html"

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