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Re: Shop floor drain goes dry

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12-27-2012 19:05:07

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Use some vegetable oil to form a layer on top to keep evaporation down.

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12-27-2012 20:44:17

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 Re: Shop floor drain goes dry in reply to Wade1984, 12-27-2012 19:05:07  
I know it is too late now, but my floor drains all drain out to the downspout tiles on the house. I have no sewer connections to my floor drains.

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12-27-2012 21:31:51

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 Re: Shop floor drain goes dry in reply to 504, 12-27-2012 20:44:17  
You know - I've heard of running the floor drains to the downspout drains, but I always wondered about getting an obstruction downstream and then having it all back up during a hard rain. A roof handles a lot of water. Am I missing something obvious? How would you keep that roof water from backing into your building?

As to the original poster - there's got to be a leak in your trap for it to dry up that fast. I know of a church addition that developed a leak in one of the waterlines under the men's bathroom. It was seeping up through a small crack in the concrete floor, and suddenly one Sunday the floor was completely dry. Upon close investigation I discovered a small hole had been drilled in the floor drain trap, allowing the seepage to go directly into the trap instead of coming up into the building first. A brilliant idea, I thought, but after we fixed the waterline leak, we had a perpetually dry floor drain trap because of that hole. I finally managed to get a sheet metal screw in the hole, but it was a bugger, and it still seemed to dry out quicker than the trap in the ladie's room. Thank God for those extendable magnets or I'd have filled the trap with dropped screws.

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