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    Finished Basement?

    It can be a little tricky ... I my self would find a spot in the floor of the laundry room say the corner behind the washer and drill down, take it very slow, first through the floor, make sure that there are no wires ,, pipe... and then go through the next layer... then all that you have to do is run a straight 3/4 up through the hole that you made..

    Then do elbows needed to make the run to the drain and the softener.

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    Hi guys,

    I think I'm not understanding this correctly or I'm confused by the terminology. The house is on a slab and the water main comes up through the slab (no basement), there's a shut-off valve then it goes right back down into the slab and then who knows where. What I need to run up the wall and across into a 2nd floor laundry room is the salty/waste water, there is no drain near by on the first floor. Is this pressure equal to the water main pressure?

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    If there is a faucet on the first floor or main floor and it has 50psi, then any faucet on the second floor should have the same 50psi...

    The two rooms in question are not right over each other?

    Where is comes up through the floor ,, that is for the shut off valve, then it goes back down to go to the different faucets on the first floor and then some place it goes up to the second floor..

    The drain line will have the city water pressure coming out, be it 50psi or 60psi..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akpsdvan View Post
    If there is a faucet on the first floor or main floor and it has 50psi, then any faucet on the second floor should have the same 50psi...

    The two rooms in question are not right over each other?

    Where is comes up through the floor ,, that is for the shut off valve, then it goes back down to go to the different faucets on the first floor and then some place it goes up to the second floor..

    The drain line will have the city water pressure coming out, be it 50psi or 60psi..
    2 story townhouse, sits on a slab. The water main comes up through the slab and then goes right back down again. I would need to cut into that for the water softener. There is no drain there so whatever waste/salt water normally needs to drain out of a water softener is what I need to get upstairs to the laundry room drain.

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    No laundry tub on the first floor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akpsdvan View Post
    No laundry tub on the first floor?
    No, and the 1st floor kitchen and bathroom are across the hall. There's really no access at all to those. It has to get upstairs to the laundry room drain.

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    And the one room is not above the other.............

    What kind of room are you thinking of putting the softener in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akpsdvan View Post
    And the one room is not above the other.............

    What kind of room are you thinking of putting the softener in?
    Please read the initial post in this thread so I don't have to re-type it again.

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    To bad that the drain from the washer does not run down through that open wall that you talk about under the stairs..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akpsdvan View Post
    To bad that the drain from the washer does not run down through that open wall that you talk about under the stairs..
    Yeah, that would do it. Going up is the only way out.
    I'd still like to know if the waste/salt water that normally drains out of a softener is pressurized or not.

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    Pressured,... it is coming from a pressurized source.

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    Yes it is pressurized, but the flow is reduced when going uphill and will prevent a brine draw if the raise is too far (over 8" rise from the discharge point).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Wolverton View Post
    Yes it is pressurized, but the flow is reduced when going uphill and will prevent a brine draw if the raise is too far (over 8" rise from the discharge point).
    Thank you Skip, I was getting confused there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Wolverton View Post
    Yes it is pressurized, but the flow is reduced when going uphill and will prevent a brine draw if the raise is too far (over 8" rise from the discharge point).
    Di you mean to say 8" (inches), or 8' (feet)?
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    Someone mentioned a check valve on the drain line. You cant do that it has to go to a open drain with proper air gap

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