Is this a drain? (above water softner loop)

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by RobHydell, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. RobHydell

    RobHydell New Member

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    I want to add a water softener and don't want to make assumptions. Is this a drain that I can use for the softener's backwash? Thanks in advance for the help.

    The inlet and outlet at the bottom of the picture go to my whole house water filter.

    Drain Pipe.jpg
  2. Winslow

    Winslow Plumber

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    looks like a drain for a W/M standpipe.
  3. Brokersdad

    Brokersdad New Member

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    Think i'd take the end off of it and go to other areas of the house and run some water to see if you can hear it passing by the pipe to make sure it was in fact some type of drain. Who knows what people do when building
  4. kreemoweet

    kreemoweet New Member

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    You don't want to make assumptions ... so you get on the internet and ask folks who can't possibly know even as
    much as you about that pipe, and ask THEM to make assumptions ... ?
  5. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    This place was plumbed by a handyman. All of that PVC pipe is a dead give away. So, there's no way to tell by looking. You may have to open the wall to figure it out.
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Pour some water into the pipe and see what happens. You have a catastrophe in the making with that PVC piping inside the house.
  7. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    But the guy at Home Depot said that it was the best stuff to use :cool:
  8. RobHydell

    RobHydell New Member

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    Thanks for the information.
  9. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    PVC piping can't be used inside the home. That should be removed and replaced with CPVC or PEX
    PVC is only rated for use underground where the temperatures can remain cooler and constant. Using PVC for domestic hot water is a real NO-NO.
  10. bluebinky

    bluebinky Member

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    Just guessing, but the pipe in question could also be a "cleanout".
  11. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    LOL... so true. I assume it is a combustion air supply.
  12. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    it could be, but the configuration is all wrong for a cleanout, especially since it does not appear to have a removable cap or plug. If it were a washing machine drain, then where are the hot and cold water supplies a WM would need.
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