I'd like to convert another part of the house into a laundry room.
However, this room has no plumbing and sits on a slab foundation. It is on
an exterior wall however. The hardest part of this is tapping into the
sewer line since it's about 20 - 30 feet from the back of the house and who
knows how deep. I also have a PVC pipe sprinkler system that I'd have to
A plumber suggested creating a "gray water" drainage system in the
flowerbed behind the back of the house. The laundry water would drain
directly into this, saving a considerable cost of tapping into the sewer
Are there any opinions out there regarding this kind of solution? Is there
an easy way to harvest the gray water and use it to sprinkle the lawn vs.
wasting it underground? Would that require a holding tank of some sort?
It may not be permitted by your local health codes. It is not a good idea
if you live in a climate that freezes. It may be possible to install a
septic system for it, but that would probably cost as much or more than
getting into the sewer.
I have been pumpuing my washer out on the ground for 20 years. The
mango tree loves it, as do the bananas. If you want to put in a drain
tank you can use a 30 gallon plastic drum, buried. Cut the bottom out
of the drum and set it in a bed of gravel. Route the washer water into
the top of the drum.A lot really depends on how well your soil
some nasties act as fertilizers..........espically phosphates
bad idea if your area freezes, or close by neighbors complain.
forget selling home with this...... home inspection nightmare.
rather than going thru sl;ap you could pump it, using trash pump to a
if washer is going to finished space consider what will happen when
machine floods or leaks.....
The plumber claims it's not against code, but he's from California (I'm in
Dallas). It can get cold here. It's seldom below freezing for days on
end, but there was a stretch in the early 1980s where the lakes around here
started to freeze. I'm guessing that would mess up the system. I wonder
if it would stress the pipe enough to ruin it?
I am noy sure what a freeze would hurt if your pipes were arranged to
drain. Thee shouldn't be any standing water. Maybe somewhere where the
frost line was below the buried drum you could have problems.
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