My water heater is sitting in a drain pan. I don't see how I can drain it
without elevating it above the lip of the drain pan to attach a hose. It
was that way when I bought the house. Any advice on what to do appreciated.
If your water heater "lets loose" and dumps 40 gallons of water, the
drain pan is not going to do you much good. I'd just cut a channel in it
to get at the spigot. I have no idea why they'd put a drain pan in an
area to block it. OTOH: Why do you want to drain it?
So ruin a garden hose to an outside room and run it out the window. If
the end is below the bottom of the water heater, it will siphon out
almost the last little bit of water, which might be bad if there is a
lot of sediment. So don't go so low . If the end of the hose is 2
inches above the bottom of the WH, it will stop siphoning when the water
in the WH is 2 inches above the bottom.
If you don't want the water to pour down to the ground outside, get a
second hose and put a funnel in the mouth of it and let the first hose
drain into the funnel. That will break the vacuum stop the siphoning
at the level of the exit of the first hose, wherever that is. Hold
everything to your window with some strings. Kite string is fine.
On Friday, February 7, 2014 10:15:20 AM UTC-5, micky wrote:
In what you're replying to he's talking about a *permansent* connection
to the drain pain in case it leaks, not about draining the water heater.
So a hose out the bedroom window doesn't sound like a viable solution.
And he cant't get a garden hose on the bibb to begin with,
that was the intitial question, because it's too close to
the floor and the pan lip is in the way.
On Friday, February 7, 2014 2:00:14 PM UTC-5, micky wrote:
See, that's why you're wandering in the wilderness. You can't
follow a thread:
And from that you don't think that we're talking about the
permanent type of drain connection you have with many of these
pans? He's said that the pan has a drain fitting, but it's
not connected to anything. Good grief.
You dumb ass, he told you what he has and what the question is.
He even posted a pic. And he further clarified that he was
interested in draining it for routine flushing maintenance.
And here you are 2 days and 30 posts later
not understanding that the problem is he wants to drain the water
heater and that with the location of the bibb and pan lip, he
can't get a hose on it. Further, just draining it into the
pan with your siphoning arrangement, aside from being impractical,
I don't think is going to accomplish anything in terms of
flushing it, to get deposits out. When I've done that, draining
it didn't do much at all. You had to have the drain wide open
and cycle the cold water full on and off, stirring it up. And even
then it took a long time and a lot of water to get to the point
where white particles
were no longer coming out. I don't see how he's going to do that
with your siphon idea. But, hell, I guess I should just shut up
and let folks who can't even follow the quetion asked, the context,
or the thread give solutions that would be a waste of his time.
Do try to pay attention. It was clearly the only problem that he
asked about, starting in the very first post.
On Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:15:44 -0800 (PST), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
That works fine if you're home to see t he small leak, and not away for
It works okay if not home when the big leak starts your WH is in the
basement, near the sump pump, and not in an apartment with cement floors
under the carpet and padding, so that the 40 gallons doesn't spread to
the rest of your apartment.
It works mildly well if you're not home and the WH leaks into the
apartment downstairs, ruining the ceilings and who knows what else.
Most people take 2 week vacations once a year so that's about one in 26
people who won't be home when the the small leak starts.
Connect a drain pipe. Is it a round drain pan, intended for water
heaters? There should be no need to elevate anything. If it's not
round, it might just be a pan.
Every drain pan I've seen has a place close to the floor to attach a 2"
drain pipe, plastic or something. Have you looked around the whole
You're right. Without a drain pipe, it will just drain four inches from
where it would have without a pan. Although I think I have seen such
Where does it go? If it goes nowhere, you can still put a garden hose
in it and tape it up with duck tape for draining, and run it to the
Don't open up the drain spigot so much that the hose can't handle it,
the water rises to the top of the lip.
Or you can put the garden hose right on the threaded spigot.
Why do you want to drain the WH. Everyone here says not to do so,
because the spigot will get clogged. I've never done it, in 31 years
On Friday, February 7, 2014 10:19:38 AM UTC-5, micky wrote:
From what he's described, it doesn't go anywhere. He's apparently
talking about just the fact that the drain pan has the connection
on it to connect it to some drain if you choose to connect it.
If it goes nowhere, you can still put a garden hose
Duck tape? In a closet in a living space that also has the
washer and dryer it it? Sounds like a prscription for disaster.
If he wants to do that, he can surely make up the proper pipe
connections to attache a garden hose to the pan. And if he
has a lower point to route it to, it will work. Thes siphoning
part I'm not too keen on as you'd have to somehow pefectly manage
the flow rate out of the heater to equal the siphoning rate.
If it draws air, he has to start all over.
Plus, I believe he indicated that the reason he wanted to
drain it was to flush it. In which case, the pan thing is
useless, because you want full force water coming out to wash
the sediment out.
Did you even read the original question? Look at the pic?
I believe he indicated it was so he could periodically flush it.
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