My basement is always a bit musty and I pretty much need to run the
dehumidifier all the time. The problem is that I hate changing the tank.
I've seen some models that come with a hose that you can attach to your
drain. We do happen to have a bathroom down there, but the hose from
the humidifier to the bathroom would have to run for about 10 feet or so.
Is there any problem doing so? I would have the hose come into the
drain pipe under the sink in a Y, like dishwashers' drain hoses do. Is
there a better way to do this?
Dehumidifier won't pump the drain water uphill. I have seen people build
a shelf 4 feet off the floor, and set the dehumidifier on that, so it
could drain into the laundry sink. Since my basement floor drains are
non-functional (rusted collapsed lines), I've been looking for a
As long as it slopes towards the drain?
So you may have to raise the dehumifidier up on something above drain
Also will there be any chance of smells coming back up the drainage
Because there will not an S trap etc. in the drainage pipe?
AFIK Dishwashers 'pump' out their water? But also leave some water in
the bottom of the machine which acts as a trap.
Actually Dishwasher generally attach to the sink drain above the sink's trap
so there should be minimal odor coming out of the DW from the drain. Attach
the dehumidifier in the same manner and you would get the same (probably
less since the water from the dehumidifier would basically be distilled
water and contain no soil such as a DW would have.
Rueful chuckle. I'd love to. But my sump pit is just a 20 gallon oil
drum sunk in the basement slab, with no pump and no exit holes. Bone
dry, to boot. Also no good route to drain to, other than demolishing
deck long enough to run a line to a deep drywell. Washer and condensate
lines for HE furnace and softener run into the overcrowded collector
pipe for the septic tank. Old collector for washer only connects to the
non-functional floor drains. DHMHIKT. I can't even use the laundry sink-
it just drains onto the floor. I keep meaning to buy one of those
plastic boxes with a trash pump, and put that under the sink. I'd still
have to replumb the collector for the septic, to add a funnel to the end
so more hoses can fit in there. Maybe I could drain the washer into the
box? Wash cycles take forever, with that extended drain hose to get to
the septic collector.I'd use the sump pit for all this, but it is 15
feet away, which means annoying and cumbersome drain lines, or replumb
everything down there to rationalize it. (Nobody planned this basement,
it obviously just happened.)
There is a better way than what you are considering. You are going to
purchase a new humidifier because there is no hose attachment.
Instead, take a drill and make a hole in the side of the tank. Stick
your tube through the side and seal it with silicone.
If you don't feel confident making your own seal garden supply stores
sell a special plastic part to make it for you (it is used in
hydroponic systems). It comes in two halves that screw together with
the tank in the middle. There is a rubber washer which makes the seal
against the tank on both sides and a male projection that you plug
your hose into on the outside of the tank.
Finally there is a $5 pump from harbor freight that you could stick
down into the tank and run on a timer once per day for 10 minutes.
This costs an extra $10 or so but you won't have to worry about a
making a seal.
Hope this helps,
Thanks all for the advice. Two inexpensive solutions as mentioned below
would be either the condensate pump or adding a hose onto the tank.
But, I'm not sure if I should get a new dehumidifier or not. Mine is
really loud, which makes me think it must be very old and inefficient.
I don't know what brand it is, all I can find on the unit is a sticker
saying "HB-60 Rev-L".
I'm not quite sure what to do.
Also, the way the basement is laid out we have a sump-pump that brings
water up from the basement into the main sewer (since the basement is
below the sewer line). Would it be an easy thing to just attach the
dehumidifier (or the line from the condensate pump) into the pump tank?
I can see the top of it but don't know how to go about it...
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