I want to replace my electric water heater. The current water heater does not have a drain pan. I'd like to add one with my new water heater. This is all in the basement.
Our basement does not have a floor drain. The waste pipe is about 4 feet off the floor. There is a sump pit however, and I'd imagine that's the best place to connect the drain pan to.
How exactly do I do this?
The sump pit is sealed (piece of plywood). I can certainly drill through that, but if I connect PVC from the drain pan to the sump pit then I'm effectively "unsealing" the pit right (air can travel freely from the pit to the drain pan)? I notice the A/C condensation line has a trap built into it, so it's still sealed. Would I need to elevate the drain pan and water heater, and install a trap?
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