04:53PM | 08/15/07
Member Since: 08/14/07
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I just bought a house that was built in about 1978.

When I first went to wash clothes, I noticed that the washing machine overflowed. Since then I have looked at a couple of home improvement books and it states that the drain (I think they called it a stand drain??) should be at least 34 inches. Well the way that this drain is set-up it's about 6 inches from the drain opening to the elbow pipe and then runs horizantially through the concrete wall leading out of the basement. (the washing machine is in the basement). So the pipe running out of the basement is probably about 20 - 25 inches off the ground.

So here is what I had planned to do: Cut out some of the current pipe, extend the 6 inch pipe down to the ground and add some elbow piping to connect back up to the existing pipe running out through the concrete wall. My concern with this is gravity, I wanted some opinions on wether this would work. Do you think that the water will have any problems going up the drain pipe about 16 inches???

Thank you. Any comments or advice is greatly appreciated.



09:12AM | 08/16/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1626 lifetime posts
The stand pipe should be at least 2" diameter and normally 18" - 30" high and trapped and vented


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