About to get rid of my sump pump. Is this a good idea?
I have a lake behind my house. I have large drainage ditch (big enough to drive a car through) next to my house that drains into the lake. There is a steep slope going from the side of my house down to the drainage ditch.
Currently, my sump pump takes water from under my house, pumps it up over the land, and back down into the ditch. This seems like a strange thing to do when I could just have a pipe attach to my sump pit under the foundation, then run underground directly to the ditch. No more pump required. Gravity does not fail like pumps do.
The pipe would be at least 16" under ground, so freezing should not be an issue. A cleanout would be installed to give me access incase I ever needed it.
I am not worried about the lake or ditch backing up. It has never happened before, even in the hurricane we just had. I am not in a flood zone.
I would also fill in the sump pit with gravel, then concrete over the top. I can then turn the room into something useful.
This seems like a great idea, but I am not a drainage expert. What do you guys think?
Last edited by Theoda; 11-01-2012 at 08:41 AM.