Furnace Room Drain in the Closet

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Posted by: from Toronto
3/30/2019 at 9:01:38 PM

In my basement, there is a drain in the closet, that was supposed to be in the furnace room. There is a wall between the furnace room and closet. These furnace room has been flooded several times due to condensation, in the past few years, and I think this was the reason. What could be done to fix this unprofessional work done by some contractor three decades ago?

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Date/Time3/31/2019 at 10:50:11 AM


Why is it unprofessional by some contractor?? It was the norm 30 years ago for drains to be far away from the furnace room. They installed the drain in the lowest part of the floor back then.

If you want it moved you will have to break up all the concrete until you reach the connection and move it into the furnace room and re-slope the floor.

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Date/Time3/31/2019 at 10:54:59 AM

Yes it can be moved, or a new one added in the furnace room, it will involve lots of breaking concrete and digging.

If you want to add a new one we can check your pipes with a camera and locate them so we can find solution with the least amount of concrete to be broken/patched.

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Syed in Toronto
Date/Time3/31/2019 at 11:01:27 AM

Thank you.

Scott. It is not unprofessional the make the drain away, but it is when the drain is in the closet when the basement was built. It is not the builder's fault.

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Syed in Toronto
Date/Time3/31/2019 at 11:02:48 AM

For the time being, is it ok to leave an auto on-off water pump on the furnace room floor?

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Steve from Climate Controls in Oshawa
Date/Time4/2/2019 at 12:49:06 AM

Im sorry syed, I just want to ensure that I am reading this correctly, are you saying that you currently have a high efficient furnace that was installed sometime after the basement was finished and it is NOT connected to a drain at all? If thats the case then there are simply solutions that do not require the in depth job that the other two contractors have indicated to you; not to knock them in any way because,they are both correct in the instance of relocating the floor drain if thats what you want. The easiest solution would be to have a condensation pump connected to the furnace condensation drain outlet and routed to a drain, whether it be that drain in the closet or another accessible drain, alternatively depending on the location of the drain in proximity to the furnaces location it may be as simple as running some half inch poly to the existing floor drain. If I've misunderstand your inquiry please accept my apology. Pictures always help us as contractors because some times it can be difficult without the years of experience that we have to try to explain exactly what the issue is.

Best regards,

S. Keelan


Climate Controls your locally owned and operated heating and cooling experts.

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Syed in Toronto
Date/Time4/2/2019 at 2:10:36 AM

Hi, S. Kaleen,

The house was built in 1989 and the basement was built in 1998. There is a drain in the closet of the bedroom, which is very close to the Furnace Room. There is no drain in the Furnace Room. There is already a pump installed and connected to the Furnace. But sometimes in summer, water leaks in the Furnace Room and fills the area, even enters to the rooms, especially to the closest where the drain exits. Looks like it was a huge mistake by the contractor because a drain in the closet doesn't make any sense. As I understand, it should've been in the Furnace Room. The attached picture is inside the closet and you can see the holes on the plastic tiles, this is the drain under the tile.

Furnace Room Drain in the Closet

Furnace Room Drain in the Closet

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