We have a new Lg Front loader washing machine...
The manual says the drain pump will work to a max of 8 feet.
I'm wondering if I could relocate my washer to where there is no drain pipe,
then install plumbing in the basement ceiling over to a drain pipe.
In other words pump it up and over, rather than breaking up the basement
floor to extend the drain.
If all else fails, they sell plastic collector boxes with built in
pumps, that would do what you want. Essentially an above-the-floor sump
pit. I've been planning to buy one for my basement to make the abandoned
slop sink usable, and reduce the distance my washer has to pump uphill.
(Floor drains and old washer standpipe to graywater drywell have failed,
and would cost a fortune to fix. Washer is jammed into the collector for
the septic tank, along with the drain lines for furnace and water softener.)
General category is 'ejector pump'.
Here is one with a built-in box- I know there are others out there,
because I found them on previous searches, but I can't remember the
proper name for them either. 'Sink drain pump' produced some hits as well.
whether it says a maximum head (height) of 8 feet or a maximum
discharge hose length of 8 feet, washing machines pumps are not
generally built to accomplish what you describe. in the newer 2000
era machines you may find the speed of the discharge water is greater
than that of the top loader whirlpools of the 1970's, so snake out
your drains and washtubs and standpipes if you are installing a new
see also siphoning concerns:
Definitely go with the self contained tank/pump combo units. I like
Zurn's units and Little Giant versions best. Key word search= sewage
If the install is bad you will 100% flood you below grade room. Must be a
high capacity sewer line you hook into!!
Try it. The manual says 8'. Your head will likely be less. Run a temp
drain with a water hose up and over to the old drain. If it works
fine. If it doesn't work then consult the rocket scientists.
I don't see any problem with that although most others don't like it.
Not sure why?
If it was mine I'd do your plan but set the washer op on a 16" to 24"
base. First it makes things easier on your back when you don't have to
bend so low. Second, it doesn't push your drain pump to it's max rating.
I will probably try something like that.....
With the pumping systems being between $300 - $800 and still a lot of
equipment to go wrong, it's either that, or break up the floor.
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