09:09AM | 10/31/05
Member Since: 10/30/05
2 lifetime posts
I recently bought a house that has something strange (to me). The washing machine drains into a slop sink (there is a steel lint filter at end of the hose), under which is a big rubbermaid storage container that contains a sump pump, and this ejects into what I think is the sewer line. Trouble is, the container never drains completely, leaving at least 1/4 inch of black sludge on the bottom. Also the entire pump and container is covered with this sludge. If the container doesn't fill high enough after a washing load, the float won't activate and the water stands, causing a nasty smell. Even when emptied, half of the basement wreaks.

It is a real hassle manually pulling up the float up to empty the container (not to mention messy, my wife will never do it), or unplugging the float and directly plugging in the pump for a minute to drai nthe container after using of the washing machine.

anyone have experience with this? My neighbor mentioned that everyone was required to install like this many years ago, when the city built a second sewer exclusively for rain water (no graywater allowed, apparently). Unfortunately neither of my closet neighbors would let me see their setup, so maybe they aren't in compliance (they were a bit dodgey when I asked to see it).

I've tried dumping bleach in there, also took it all apart and sprayed it clean with a garden hose, but it doesn't take long for the smelly sludge to return.

Any advice appreciated.


12:02PM | 10/31/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
The tank should be sealed and have a vent pipe that connects to the homes drain and vent system.

Here is an example of one.

the pipe on the right is the discharge and the one on the left the vent pipe.


12:23PM | 10/31/05
Member Since: 10/30/05
2 lifetime posts
Thanks so much for posting this!

I'm heading to HomeDepot tomorrow.
Click to reply button Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon