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    LESLIE: David in Kentucky, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?

    DAVID: Yes, I have a question on putting a utility sink in my basement. (dog barks) I don’t have a drain …

    LESLIE: Because you want to wash that dog? (Tom and David laugh)

    DAVID: You’re right! That’s one thing I could do. I didn’t even think about that.

    LESLIE: Of course.

    DAVID: But I don’t have a drain there. I just have a sump pump hole.

    TOM: OK.

    DAVID: (chuckles) Can I put my waste drain – drain it into the sump pump hole and have the sump pump pump that waste water out? (dog barks)

    TOM: Well, let’s just say that that is not technically correct but I’ve seen it done. The better solution is something called a lift pump and what that is, it looks like about the size of a sump – maybe a bit smaller – and it’s kind of like a sealed, plastic bucket that is sort of underneath the utility sink. And what happens is it’s float-actuated so as the water drains into this reservoir, a float comes on when the water gets to the top and kicks on a pump and then it pumps the waste water up high enough so that it could be drained into the main drain-waste vent pipe that’s going out of the house.

    DAVID: And that’s right there so that wouldn’t be a problem. Are you talking about – I mean how does it get into that pump?

    TOM: Well, it actually sits right on the floor under the sink.

    DAVID: OK.

    TOM: It’s about the size of a small trashcan is kind of the way to describe it.

    DAVID: I see.

    TOM: And not too hard to install and not terribly complicated or expensive to buy.

    DAVID: Well, I appreciate that. I didn’t even know such a thing existed.

    TOM: Yep, it does and you’ll find that online, in a plumbing supply house or probably even a big home center.

    DAVID: OK. Awesome.

    TOM: Just describe what you want to do and they’ll hook you up with the right parts.

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