Drainage & Sump Pump Advice
I hope that I will get some useful pointers from members on this forum.
Very briefly, owing to disagreements between the builder and the architect of my newly built home I find myself having to pick up the pieces.
The house has a drainage system installed but the level of the lowest point in the system is lower than the municipal drains (local regulations do allow discharge into municipal drains). Consequently, I need to install a sump pump.
I have been living here for about two weeks now. There have been many heavy showers but there does not appear to be any major issue with the soil getting water logged, my basement flooding or even getting damp - I should mention that the installed drainage system - a German affair - comes with an integrated manhole that allows me to inspect its insides without too much effort. There I guess I have just been lucky with the lay of the land.
Here is what I am planning to do
a. The lowest point in the drainage system and all the rainwater downspouts are at the front of the house on the left hand side of my garage entrance.
b. The manhole connected to the municipal drains is the right of the garage entrance.
a. Dig a trench and create a sufficiently deep & wide gutter in front of the garage with a grating covering it
b. Connect this channel to the manhole leading to the municipal drains
c. Dig a sump pit to the left of the garage and lead the drainage outlet into it.
d. Place a sump pump in the pit and lead its discarge into the gutter.
e. Also lead the discharge from the rainwater downspouts directly into the gutter.
Hope it all works. I am trying to research all this the best I can and learning a lot along the way. Please don't tell me to get a "professional". I have neither the money to do that nor the confidence to trust those guys. Advice...I will take gladly.
How about some pictures. Dorf Dude
When you say "municipal drain" or "municipal manholes" do you mean storm sewers or sanitary sewers? Many municipalities have rules about discharging pressurized water into their systems. Most will not allow rain water to be discharged into sanitary sewers. We will need to understand more about the system.
Thank you for your replies. To clarify a few things
I hope this clarifies my questions. I would rate my DIY skills not too badly but in this particular instance I am a newbie.
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