Pump can eliminate unwanted plumbing lines

Here’s a convenience item and sometimes a necessity to have if you have a humidifier, central air conditioning or a high efficiency furnace.

If you’re tired of tripping over condensation plumbing lines that drag all across the floor to find a floor drain or a sump pump, you may want one of these instead.

What I’m referring to is exactly what you’d think we’d call it: a condensate pump. This inexpensive little item will eliminate those potential toe-stubbers and hip-breakers by attaching directly to your furnace.

The moisture your furnace, humidifier or even your central air unit puts out now will run down the tube into this pump, which acts like a miniature sump pump. When the pump fills with water, it raises a float device inside the unit. When the float reaches the set switch, the pump turns on and lets out the water.

You can pump it overhead to a laundry tub, a sump pump or even right back outside to evaporate. Pumping outside is not recommended for furnaces and humidifiers. The lines could freeze and cause damage to your equipment.

I’ve even seen some creative people use this to drain a basement dehumidifier and eliminate the hassle of emptying that darn pan all summer long.

Using a condensate pump can keep your floors clear, your basement dry and make your home a little bit safer place to wander around.

Joel Wensley is a licensed mechanical contractor in the state of Michigan, a WJBK-TV Fox2 Detroit news contributor and president of Mechanical Heating & Cooling in Dearborn Heights.