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08:19PM | 08/03/03
Member Since: 08/03/03
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Ok here it is:

We are having a terrible time figuring this out. We have a sink in the basement that we used to drain out the washer water, however, it got backed up. A friend ( former HVAC tech.) tried a snake and it would not budge. We tried acid and still nothing ( this is the second time this has happened the acid worked the first time.) The friend said that the pipe could of collasped. The pipe is in the ground. Now at the same time one of the two sump pumps we have went down ( saw sparks and smoke). The second is working the first sends water in to the second. ( previous owner instaled the pump that went down.)
First Question can the sump pump going down affect the drain in the basement?
Second Question if the pipe did collasped can we drain the washer water in to the sump pump hole and use a different pump to send the water up and out ( different pump such as sewage pump).
Third question is this a good ideal?

Thanks for any help Joanne

plumber Tom

06:34AM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
I don't recommend you drain the waste water from your washing machine into the basement drainage. It's illegal in some codes, and you would probably get alot of suds from the laundry soap. Purchase a new laundry tray pump, install a check valve, and tie it into the main house drain. Install a lint catcher on the discharge hose from the washing machine. Lint is harmful to your plumbing drainage. Check your other pumps, and if not operational, go with a name brand like "Little Giant" , "Zoehller" Etc. These pumps normally have a 1 1/2" or 1 1/4" discharge.

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