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Old 06-16-2012, 09:18 AM   #1
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Default A/C drain connected to lav sink

ive been a plumber for over 15 years, moved to Houston, TX area a few years ago. Ive seen some strange plumbing in my life, however here in Texas i found it is CODE: to run the A/C condensation drain line to the Lavatory sink drain just above the trap... problem is with all the algae buildup in the trap arm is causing sinks to overflow when the homeowners are not home. Question is: has any other plumbers in TX seen this problem and/or have a different way of tying the a/c drain into the sanitary sewer where sewer gas can not get into the A/C unit? other plumbers i have talked to say "run the drain to the outside" but in TX this is not code due to the soil and foundation problems as well as the mosquito problem..
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
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Mine goes to my dogs water bowl.problem solved.......

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We like an introduction to start things off.

I have only run across a lav overflowing once due to the condensate stopping up the drain.

Around these parts, you can in fact run the primary outside.
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Another problem is the trickle sound that can sometimes be annoying to customers not to mention a tight fit for the plumbers to get that tied in. I always tried to run a drain or a condensate pump it wherever I can. On a new home with unit in attic I'd sometimes run a drain with trap and primer. But even that has it's downsides.
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In my parts this is standard installation. Just tell homeowner when they change the filter to pour some bleach down the condesation line, and keep some bleach in the p trap.

I have seen them run them into the waste and overflow also....
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If you ask me it should be in-direct.......
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It legal to dump the water on the ground.

Article 111.706

Condensate water going to the outside of dwelling must have a gravel bed at least 9 feet deep. Said gravel must not contain more than 10 gray peices, and none shall be flat. The flat pieces must be used to skip across a body of water. The gravel must be no larger than a common field mouse and must be dug up during a drought.
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If you ask me it should be in-direct.......
Be kinda hard in average house in my area, next to impossible....
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Really? No running it outside???...fine...I'd connect it to a freaking downspout then....just to be snarky.
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