Is a laundry room drain worth it?

jnh896March 13, 2011

I flooded our laundry room by overflowing the sink. While the room is torn apart, I would like to put in a drain to prevent it from happening again. I grew up in a house with a drain in the laundry room and my grandparents had one also, so I guess I thought they were standard. When we built this house, the builder told us they weren't required by code so there's no drain.

My husband doesn't think a drain will prevent any future damage if an accident happens again. I understand that if the washing machine busts a pipe that there will still be sheetrock damage from the spewing water, but I think it could prevent floor damage.

So, I was wondering if anyone had any first hand experience with having a laundry room drain and having a washing machine pipe bust or a sink overflow. Did it help or not?

Thank you!

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kudzu9

I would always put one in if I had the chance. It may not prevent all damage, but it will certainly lessen it if not eliminate it. I had a failure once with the drain for the washer getting partially plugged and I had a 3-hour cleanup afterwards and damage that could have been prevented with a floor drain. To me it's a no-brainer. Think of it like insurance: you buy it hoping you never need it, but you're happy you had it when you do.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2011 at 11:37PM
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jnh896

Yes, I think it's a no-brainer too. Now to convince the hubby!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2011 at 4:12PM
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