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Old 07-24-2011, 06:21 AM
 
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Default Stand Pipe For Basement

Hello All,

My sisters house floods often in the basement when it rains a lot. It always comes through the floor drain in the basement. I have seen stand pipes in older homes before. I told her I would look into it for her but can't really find anything online about them, like where to buy them, if they sell kits, how high they should be..etc...Any tips out there? Pro's and con's of them? Thank you!!
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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PlumbingSupply.com - Flood Guards For Floor Drains - check valves to prevent flooding

Any local plumbing supply store should have them. Chance are the box stores won't. If you're moderately handy, they aren't very difficult to install, and the price is going to be less than $30 for everything.
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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? A standpipe is a municipal water tower. - literally, standing pipe. It is used to allow stored water to have pressure. JimRom is right, a ball check valve would be a decent solution.
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:56 PM
 
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A standpipe is a pipe that sticks out of the drain that is 3 feet tall or so. There is a picture of one in the link that JimRom sent, but that floor guard looks way better! At least its not a pipe sticking out floor! Are those flood guards pretty affective? If the drain is 4" do you get a 3" so it will fit in it? Or do you get a 4"?
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Technically, Harry is right. However, someone started calling the standing drains standpipes, and it stuck.

You get whatever size drain you have. If you have 4", you get 4". The standing pipe is actually a better option, as the check valves can sometimes get clogged with debris and not close properly.

Fair warning, if water is returning through the drain in the basement, it could be signs of trouble with the line. If the line is clogged and the only way for the water to go is into the basement, a heavy rain will flood the basement even with a 3' vertical extension on the drain.
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Old 07-25-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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Thank you guys! I bought the flood guard 4" "float" model in hopes that it will prevent water from coming through the drain. Any installation tips or tricks or is it pretty straight forward?
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Old 07-25-2011, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Pretty straight forward, assuming the house is modern construction.
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