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Old 11-01-2008, 10:16 AM   #1
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I'm new to this site and I had a question. I have a perimeter drain around my house that empties to a sump pump . Usually when it rains alot the pump will go off every couple of minutes. It hasn't rained here in a month or so until one day last week. It didn't rain alot but I thought my pump should have went off. So is there a possibility of a clogged drain or did it just not rain enough and I'm being paranoid? My house is less than 7 yrs. old. So I guess my question is how do I tell if a drain is clogged?

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Is there water in the Sump well? If not, and appears dry, then you have not had enough moisture for it to go off. What you can do, is connect a hose to the Cold Water Faucet of the Clothes washer, fill the basin, until the float trips the pump to start running. If water comes out of the outlet pipe outside, then you know no clog. Only way to clog, is if the pipe collapsed in the ground.

You never want to run the pump dry for testing.

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Usually it takes a while for the ground to absorb the rainwater. If it hadn't rained in a while and it only rained a little, it may not have been enough water to saturate down to the perimeter drain.
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thank you for your comments . I figured it hadn't rained enough but I didnt know if there was a way to check if the drain was clogged or not.
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See my above.
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See my above.
I think he was talking about the perimeter drain clogging. No way really to tell without scoping the pipe.
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The perimeter drain is in place to prevent water from finding its way through the foundation or up through the floor.
As long as there is no sign of penetration, why worry?
On the other hand, if it seems that there is a problem, thats when you should be concerned about blockage!

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