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    Default no drain in laundry room in house on slab

    What can be done to contain possible leaks from a hot water tank or washer located in a laundry room area on the main floor of a single home built on a slab? When we purchased the new home in 2006, we were told there was no option of installing a drain since the house was on a slab with no basement. We are concerned about water entering the living room, dining room and other living areas in the event of the water heater or washer hoses failing.

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    Default Re: no drain in laundry room in house on slab

    If your washer is on a outside wall you could pipe the drain from the pan through the wall. The problem is the drain line on most pans are 1". If you have a major leak such as a hose burst the drain would not be able to keep up with the flow of water.

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    Default Re: no drain in laundry room in house on slab

    I've seen complete disasters and losses in the thousands, resulted from situations like yours.
    I would try to make changes before you say "I should have".
    Is there any way to move the washer and the water heater to the garage. This is a job for a plumber, so you have to call and find out.
    In the meantime, check all hoses and connections for signs of failures (even though some failures come with no signs).

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    Default Re: no drain in laundry room in house on slab

    Pans are sold to contain water from heaters and washers. The issue is how to get the water out. A automatic self contained sump pump could work if led to the a drain or outside. At least one company makes an automatic shut off valve for washers when a leak is detected. It isn't cheap, but neither is a flood. Water sensing alarms can be placed below the appliance. My experience with water heaters is leaks tend to start slow at first, so an alarm and pan, even without a drain would help.

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    Default Re: no drain in laundry room in house on slab

    We have our stacked washer/dryer on the first living floor above the attached garage. We did not install a drain pan or a drain, because we felt that the drain pan introduced more possible problems for vibration from the stacked unit when the washer was spinning at high speed.

    We did install the "flood safe" braided hoses (you can use Google to find dealers), and a simple, single lever shutoff valve for the washing machine. We very, very rarely leave the washer going when we leave home and shut off the single lever valve when we are finished doing laundry.

    These are intermediate, and low-cost precautions (<$60 total) one can take when a pan with a drain (or a pan with a pump) or more expensive alternatives aren't desirable.

    Good Luck.

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    Default Re: no drain in laundry room in house on slab

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    Is there any way to move the washer and the water heater to the garage. This is a job for a plumber, so you have to call and find out.QUOTE]

    How do you know there is a graage.is it attached or detached. What climate is he in....if its in a cold climate like Chicago for example then for sure somethings gonna freeze and burst....
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    Default Re: no drain in laundry room in house on slab

    [QUOTE=Gizmo;253298]
    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post

    Is there any way to move the washer and the water heater to the garage. This is a job for a plumber, so you have to call and find out.QUOTE]

    How do you know there is a graage.is it attached or detached. What climate is he in....if its in a cold climate like Chicago for example then for sure somethings gonna freeze and burst....
    Gizmo, you're right - living in cold weather reprensts a whole different set of problems.

    About the burst detection hoses: WATTS makes them, but they are not 100% guaranteed, they fail too. The best answer is frequent inspections and replacements and as mentioned, a dedicated shut off valve for the washer and never leave the washer running unattended.

    About the sump pump in the pan: if the rate of the leak is greater than the rate of the pump, if the leak is outside the pan OR if the pump fails - you're in big, big trouble.

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