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Yes or no to laundry room drain?

Posted by jnh896 (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 14, 11 at 16:14


I cross-posted this in home disasters as well. 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 at least lessen the damages.

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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RE: Yes or no to laundry room drain?

It could help. Here is how to maximize the benefit. Is your water heater in there too? Can you line the washer and water heater up on one wall and put a slightly raised curb right in front of them with a drain in the space it creates? What kind of floor are you installing? If it is sheet, wrap it up the sides onto the wall.

RE: Yes or no to laundry room drain?

"...put a slightly raised curb right in front of them with a drain in the space it creates?"

Just pitch the floor towards the drain slightly.

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