The water collected can then be drained away from the home or disposed of as you see fit.

Suppose you live in a humid environment and use the dehumidifier regularly. In that case, you'll eventually end up with a unit that can no longer effectively remove moisture from the air around you.

To avoid this problem, you should learn how and where to drain the dehumidifier in the basement and prevent it from becoming less effective over time.

In this article, we look at ways you can drain the dehumidifier faster and get back to using it as quickly as possible.

Best Way to Drain a Dehumidifier

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Draining With The Hose

Dehumidifiers come with reservoirs for collecting condensate, but some also have drain hoses so that the condensate can be emptied through gravity. This low-cost option is suitable if your home and dehumidifier meet the requirements. Gravity is the main feature of this method for draining a dehumidifier.

How to Drain a Dehumidifier With a Hose?

Attach the hose to the hose connection

Before you attach the hose, ensure it is compatible with the dehumidifier and the drain.

  • If the hose is too short of reaching the drain, use a longer one.
  • If the drain is too large for the hose, purchase a reducer or adapter to make them fit together properly.
  • Make sure that you put the correct end of the hose into the dehumidifier; otherwise, water may leak out during use.

Could you turn off the unit and unplug it?

Once you're ready to empty the dehumidifier, turn off the unit and unplug it. If you don't do this, there's a chance that water could leak into the electrical components and damage them.

Place one end of the hose in a drain or sink.

Place one end of the hose in a drain or sink. If you don't have a sink or drain, place it in a bucket. If you don't have a bucket, please place the dehumidifier outside until further notice.

Turn on the dehumidifier.

To begin, turn the dehumidifier on. You may need to wait a few minutes for it to reach temperature and begin draining water into the bucket.

Next, set the timer for 20 minutes—the time you want the dehumidifier to run while it drains.

Alternative Methods

Alternative Methods

Using Condensate Pump

A condensate pump is handy for draining the water that builds up in your dehumidifier. This can be done manually, but it's much easier to use a condensate pump. A condensate pump is similar to a sump pump and uses suction to drain water from your dehumidifier.

How To Drain a Dehumidifier with The Help of a Condensate Pump?

The first step is to turn off the power supply to your dehumidifier. Next, remove the drain hose from its connection at the bottom of your machine and place it into a bucket or other container that will catch any unwanted water.

Now you need to find an appropriate location for installing the condensate pump. Ideally, this should be somewhere close by so you can easily monitor it while it's running. You'll also want to ensure enough room for the drain hose so you don't have any kinks or obstructions when operating.

Gravity-Drain Method

The gravity-drain method is a simple way to drain a dehumidifier. The water will drain from the dehumidifier into a bucket, which can be poured down the drain. This method is not ideal for use in homes with basements because water can seep into the basement through cracks in the foundation wall.

How To Drain A Dehumidifier With Gravity Drain Method?

  • Set up an empty bucket next to your dehumidifier.
  • Attach a hose to one of the drain holes on your dehumidifier and place it in the bucket. Place a large funnel over this hose so that water will flow easily into the bucket when you turn on the machine.
  • Please turn on your dehumidifier and allow it to run until all its water drains into the bucket.
  • Pour this water down your kitchen sink or toilet once it has been safely collected in your bucket, if possible.


Why isn't my dehumidifier draining out?

It would help to be careful when pushing the hose into drains (like standpipes). Water will prevent the hose from draining if it comes in contact with it. Ensure that the outlet of the hose is above the water line by pulling it out until it is above the water line. Ensure the hose moves straight to the drain by cutting off any excess.

Is it possible to drain a dehumidifier without a pump?

The intuitive nature of the pumps allows the water to be pumped vertically. Dehumidifiers without pumps fill their reservoirs with air-removed water, which has to be manually emptied after it fills up.

Do I need to empty my dehumidifier regularly?

Depending on the weather conditions, you may need to empty the dehumidifier bucket twice daily.

What is the reason for my dehumidifier constantly filling up with water?

A cracked pipe, a water leak, or an open crawl space may contribute to the dehumidifier water basin filling up too quickly. The control may need to be drier if you barely get water in the basin.

Is it possible to drain a dehumidifier into a washing machine?

Providing you're within the distance limits of the pump shouldn't be an issue. There should be only a vertical pipe connecting the washer drain to the standpipe, and it shouldn't be connected or sealed.

What is the source of water for a dehumidifier?

The air is gathered from the surrounding area and pulled in by a dehumidifier. Air passes through the dehumidifier and comes into contact with its cooling coils. To remove moisture from the air, these coils use condensation. In the dehumidifier reservoir, the collected moisture drips from the coils.


If you have a dehumidifier at home, it's important to know how to drain it properly. Dehumidifiers can be very helpful in reducing the amount of moisture in the air, but if they're not drained properly, they can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Following the steps outlined in this article, you can ensure that the dehumidifier is properly drained and will continue working efficiently for years.

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