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Old 12-12-2007, 11:24 AM   #1
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sump problems/drainage

I just moved into an older neighborhood (built 1952) and my gutter drainage and sump pump drainage appear to run into a line that comes out at the curb in front of the house. but when the sump, pumps the water out the water comes out of the hole where the downspout is and leaks backs into the house. and the cycle repeats. I had no problems until it became leaf season. I have cleaned out the gutters and installed gutter guards, but what is the best way to clear the drainage to the street. And should I alter the gutter drainage so that is drains away from the house instead of through that under ground drainage system?


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Old 12-12-2007, 03:17 PM   #2
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I would guess that the leaves have stopped or slowed the pipe between the Street,+ the house,.......
Clearing that pipe will allow All of the water, from both the sump pump,+ the downspout to drain to the street......


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Old 12-12-2007, 06:14 PM   #3
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Does it look as if there all 4'' lines? You can rent a snake or have a pro come out and snake it out fairly reasonably. Seperate lines for downspouts and sumps is preferrable,also check all your connections at the house. This repeating cycle can wear out a sump prematurely. I live on a wooded lot where leaves are a big problem, so I snake the tiles annually, it's worth the $50-100 bucks to make sure I don't have any issues in our basement durring our spring gully-washers in N. Indiana. If you think the system might be comprimised, it won't hurt to try diverting your downspouts out into the lawn to see if it eleviates some of the pressure on the sump
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