A little background
- I live in Iowa
- Built a house on old pasture land
- My sump runs constantly all year round, probably empties 12 inches of water every 5-10 minutes, more during heavy rainstorms and even runs when we have weeks well below freezing
- The sump pumps into the storm sewer via buried draintile - code in my area
- All the drainspouts are quite a distance away from the house when discharging - most around 6-7 feet.
- I have a zoeller pump and recently put in a zoeller backup which has come in handy a couple times during power outages
- I have several drain tiles running into the sump, one even under the pad. None of them drain water except the one that wraps around the back of the house.
- 9 foot deep basement, mostly buried
- During heavy rains I get a 3-4 foot wide river through the middle of my backyard.
- How do I stop my sump from running all the time? What are my drainage solutions? I need help. . . I feel my basement will be flooding someday if I don't care of it.
Here is a front picture of the lot before I built the house
Here is a side view after the house was in construction
Here are some pictures of land to help you visualize