My basement is twenty years old and is a legal basement and is in the records of the city's two dwelling units list. Basement was there when I moved in eight years ago. Last summer the furnace room was flooded due to condensation. I was looking for the drain to open it because I thought it must be blocked and caused flooding. Finally, I was able to locate the drain, It is IN THE CLOSET that is on the other side of the furnace room! It was under the carpet. I am sure the basement builder messed it up. Now I am thinking of cutting a hole in the wall to make the way for water to go into the drain.
I am also thinking of covering that wall cut with a box and seal it on the bottom to prevent excessive water from leaking in the closet. There is the wood frame of the wall on the floor. Is it ok if I cut an 8 inches piece of it that is on the floor?
Is this the right solution? Any suggestions?
I would break the floor and move the drain to where it needs to be.
You don't need water running into a closet where it doesn't dry and cause mold.
Also, and also as important, you don't want sewer gas to backup into a bedroom.
There's no substitute for doing it right.
You will need to cut a trench in the floor from the furnace room over to the existing drain. You can then bring the drain from the furnace room and make a connection where the existing drain is now. You must ensure you slope down from the furnace room over to the drain for the water to run downward toward the connection. If you are only worried about the condensation overflow another option is using a condensation pump to pump the water from the furnace over and into something like a laundry sink if you have one nearby or into the drain in the closet. I hope this helps.
Thank you all.
Derek, I already have the condensation pump and its working fine. When it was too hot this summer, I set it on lower temperature. the pot of condensation pump didn't over flow.
Your furnace may not have a proper drain pipe, if not the solution is to connect one and put it down the drain. If in the way a small cut in the slab to fit the drain and conceal it with concrete.
If there is a drain pipe your problem is the duct system in your basement, there is no proper air circulation therefor the condensation.
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