Floor drain too high

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Old 10-28-20, 11:52 PM
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Floor drain too high

So I have a 1960's bungalow that looks like the basement has been reconfigured over the years. The mechanical room has a concrete floor and the hot water tank is lower than the floor drain (never noticed before). Well the tank pops and leaks everywhere and soaks the entire basement carpets. Floor drain would only work if the water was 2 or 3 inches deep. Are there any options to stop this from reoccurring other than pouring cement? Levelling cement in that room would be a huge job considering the furnace is in there as well.... Any thoughts would be appreciated....
 
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10-29-20, 08:58 AM
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Put the water heater on a catch pan, set both on a raised pad, plumb the drain from the catch pan to the floor drain with CPVC.
 
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Old 10-29-20, 01:45 AM
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Without a picture its difficult to understand, somehow lowering the drain would be an option but no idea what that entails!
 
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Old 10-29-20, 05:11 AM
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You would need to cut a trench in the floor to the low spot, (new location for the floor drain) and cut a trench around the floor drain to expose the pipe. Then hope that the floor drain pipe is low enough to work in the new location, because if it isn't, you would need to trench all the way back to where the floor drain meets the stack.
 
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Solve the problem not the symptom. Fix or replace the water heater. When in good condition there will be no water leaking. Problem solved.

Is the floor sloped towards the drain? If not then the trench XSleeper mentioned could work but you probably would have to dig a moat all the way around your water heater and then a canal leading to the floor drain. Then you'd need to bust out the concrete around the floor drain and lower it. If you want to do it right I would not consider an overlay on the floor. I would bust out the floor altogether, re-set the floor drain to the proper elevation and pour new concrete in that room so the floor slopes toward the drain.
 
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Put the water heater on a catch pan, set both on a raised pad, plumb the drain from the catch pan to the floor drain with CPVC.
 
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The water heater isn't leaking anymore - was replaced and made a huge mess. Just trying to avoid it again in the future! Busting out the floor and repouring is not an option for this job..... catch pan sounds like a viable option, if I could find one that is a few inches high.

Looks like the floor drain had been moved in the past and the floor was still sloping to the old location.
 
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All water heater catch pans are at least several inches high. If you want to elevate it so it can drain to your floor drain raise it up by putting solid cement blocks underneath.
 
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