floor drain

blanche1951March 12, 2007

we do not have a drain in our basement. There is a drain outside the door. We would like to use dricore and carpet on the floor but I am concerned about a leak in the hotwater heater and the damage that could cause. The hotwater heater is the only plumbing in the basement and it appears that the basement is very dry. Any comments on what we should or should not do ? thanks

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sue36

Hot water heaters do not usually catastrophically fail. It is usually more of a leak thing. You can put it in a pan to catch a slow leak. You can also put a water leak sensor under it (an alarm goes off if water is detected).

How long have you been in the house? Are you sure it is dry through all seasons? Through 100 year storms (our region just had a "super storm", they are referring to it as a 500 year storm). Serious water damage in the basement is not usually caused by plumbing, it is caused by storms.

In my area basement drains are unusual. Most people have a sump (with pump) if necessary. The best thing is if you have perimeter drains (inside and outside the footing) that drain to daylight, but that has to be done during construction.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 1:17PM
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blanche1951

Thanks Sue
We bought the house 4 years ago and have rented it out. There has never been a problem with any water and we just had the worst stormy weather here in bc the last couple of years.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 8:20PM
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