filtration backwash drain line

texasnurseJuly 17, 2012

Just on the down side of a complete pool remodel. The equipment was relocated. I have discovered that the contractor ran the filtration backwash drain line into the landscape. The prior system was plumbed into the sewer system. Is this an acceptable practice? Not sure how I feel about open drainage....

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poolguynj

Storm water sewers or sewage system? Local laws may apply for technical purposes.

As for personal feelings, if you contracted to just move it and the local laws don't require it, you may be on the hook for putting it where you want it, assuming this is reasonable and doable.

Scott

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 6:23AM
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ncrealestateguy

What is the big deal with draining it to the landscape?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 7:55AM
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texasnurse

Not sure if its a big deal to drain to the landscape. It looks kinda tacky. Will post pic. Many people I have talked to have never heard of such and that the water may be toxic to the plants. How much water would be drained and how often? We will be converting to saline. The old system was draining to the sewer system. We underwent a complete pool remodel including demo and replacement of deck and coping. I guess I need to check local code. To add to the complexity of the matter the landscape bed where the drain was placed borders an apartment complex so any overage would be spilled onto their property.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 8:15PM
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texasnurse

pics of drain

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 8:30PM
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texasnurse

pump

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 8:35PM
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texasnurse

pump

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 8:37PM
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texasnurse

drain

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 8:38PM
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texasnurse

flagstone coping. love the pool!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 10:12PM
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poolguynj

Uh, no, that is wrong and should not have been done. They were lazy.

You don't leave a waste line through a wall several feet in the air like that. You don't leave a hole that mice and such can climb through. You don't let waste water just fall on landscaping from a few feet up. You don't leave a bare pipe end.

Bring the pipe down to the ground. Flash the hole neatly. Put a fitting for a backwash hose on the end of the pipe. Use a quality backwash hose to carry the waste water away to where it won't present any issues.

Scott

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 11:34PM
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texasnurse

Scott,
We spent a lot of money on the remodel and felt like this was not right. In my opinon it should have been run to the sewer like it was before the remodel. We had the deck up and then poured a new deck. I really think it was an ooopps!!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 5:42PM
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