Our sewer line is 43" above the ground. Today, the washing machine drains into a washbasin, into an ejector pump, and into the sewer. I would like the washing machine to drain directly into the sewer line, bypassing the washbasin and pump. Can modern washers pump the water high enough to allow for a trap above the 43"?
No. Well maybe it can, but it shouldn't.
If you check the documentation that came with the washer, it should contain the maximum drain height. Generally, the maximum height is around 39" (99 cm).
Newer washers often have a drain hose permanently attached, which is designed to make drain installation fool proof. The supplied drain hose shows you exactly how high the washer can discharge.
Raise the washer
Depending on the machine, and whether or not you're already using a pedestal. You may be able to raise the whole machine up, to accomplish what you want. The maximum height is not height above sea level, it's height above the bottom of the washer. So if it's possible to do so, raising the machine up a few inches (safely) might be the solution.
If it's a front loading washer; and you're not already using a pedestal, you may be able to purchase (or build) a pedestal to raise the machine up. If not, you may want to think about building a raised floor to raise the whole area up.
Keep it up to code
International Residential Code (IRC) says.
International Residential Code (IRC) 2012
Chapter 27 - Plumbing Fixtures
SECTION P2706 WASTE RECEPTORS
P2706.2 Standpipes. Standpipes shall extend a minimum of 18 inches (457 mm) and a maximum of 42 inches (1067 mm) above the trap weir. Access shall be provided to all standpipe traps and drains for rodding.
Which means if you connect the drain hose to a standpipe, the standpipe has to be at least 18" above the point at which water will begin to flow from the trap. So your 43" height, could quickly become 61".
Most manufacturers will list the minimum height of the "top" of the Stand Pipe. Usually 30" from floor. The International Plumbing Code for the actual 2" Stand Pipe is 18" minimum and 48" maximum from trap. In regards to the "sealed trap", the piping being installed together, "is" against code. The Stand Pipe itself is not subject to the "Air Gap" code, but it is to the "Air Break" code. Meaning the washing machine discharge hose can be inserted "into" the Stand Pipe, no more than 5"- which falls into the Indirect Waste portion of the plumbing code. The washing machine discharge maximum height is 96" for top and front loading machines. However, installing the extended height above the washing machine could cause that extended height of water to drain back into washing machine. Causing excess water laying in machine, damp clothes, and a shortened life of the drainage pump in the machine. One alternative, is to use a laundry pump (with or without a sink). A Stand Pipe can be installed into the laundry pump itself. Local codes permitting.
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