Our washer drains into a laundry tub. Unfortunately if someone leaves crap
in the tub it overflows. This has happened about four times now, flooding
out the basement washroom below.
I'd like to install a drain under the washer, dryer and laundry tub. My idea
is to raise the rest of the room with some marine grade plywood, leaving the
washer, dryer and tub lower than the rest of the room. I'd then install some
linoleum and seal up the edges with silcone caulk. But this still leaves the
possibility of water seeping out the edges. So what can I use to form my own
pan about an inch up the walls? How about some EPDM under the Linoleum? I
know I could tile, but this requires more skill and I'm concerned about
water leaking through the grout?
I'll also be investing in a Laundry Tub with an overflow drain.
Same membrane that is used for shower pans.
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The first time was an accident. The other three times, it was intentional,
since the others knew the likely outcome.
Let me get this straight. It's happened four times and nobody's learned from
the experience? You are being taken advantage of, Bill. Don't invest one
more minute thinking about construction. You need a family meeting, and the
"someones" need a good dose of fatherly terror. Are the "someones" your
kids, spouse, both? Asuming these people are not retarded, they're either
totally inconsiderate, or perhaps too young to be playing near that laundry
My laundry tub's in the basement. My 15 yr old son left a washcloth in there
a few months back while doing his laundry. You know what happened. When he
asked how to clean it up, I almost told him "with a little sponge", but
couldn't bring myself to do it. I realized that even using the shop vac and
a mop, it would be a disgusting job. I showed him how to use the shop vac
safely, pointed to the mop, sat on the steps, and watched. When it was over,
he brought the shop vac outdoors to hose out the disgusting cellar
floor/spider web residue. Naturally, being a rough basement floor, the mop
head was shredded & useless when the job was done, so he accompanied me to
the hardware store for a new mop head.
Afterward, he said "Jeez....THAT'LL never happen again". Now, he moves ALL
objects a foot from the tub before he does laundry, and he understands why
the stopper, which used to hang on a chain, is now kept on a pegboard hook
20 feet away.
Supermarkets sell little packets of 2 lint traps for under two bucks. They
look like big condoms full of holes. Slip it over the drain hose and secure
VERY tightly with plastic wire ties, available at home centers.
Run the circuit through a lockable wall switch - the kind you see in school
that require a simple key. Parent wants to do laundry? Parent has to ask for
the sink to be checked.
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