Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-24-2013, 01:56 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 97
Share |
Default

Sump discharge pipe(copper) exits mid wall


It exits at around waist height and is drilled through the block. Any idea where a setup like that would drain to? It is probably around 3.5' underground still at that point.

dwcopple is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2013, 02:22 PM   #2
MarginallyQualified
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Winston-Salem NC
Posts: 3,654
Default

Sump discharge pipe(copper) exits mid wall


Quote:
Originally Posted by dwcopple View Post
It exits at around waist height and is drilled through the block. Any idea where a setup like that would drain to? It is probably around 3.5' underground still at that point.
Into the yard. Maybe out to the street or even the city sewer line.
Look at your curb for an "extra" hole.

If you're really concerned borrow someone's metal detector.

TarheelTerp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2013, 02:27 PM   #3
Always learning...
 
fetzer85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Northern WV
Posts: 452
Default

Sump discharge pipe(copper) exits mid wall


Hard to say w/o digging it up to find out. I imagine it doesn't just drain to daylight somewhere? Short of that, it could be tied into a runoff system if your city has sewer & runoff separated. If you have septic then you can rule this one out. It could also be draining to a dry well which is more or less a holding tank with gravel inside buried in the yard. Could be tied into perforated corrugated plastic or pvc to drain out in the yard but that's doubtful if your sump line is copper - I would think they would've replaced it w/ plastic at that point but you never know. It's not supposed to be tied into sewer but that doesn't mean it isn't.

Long answer short - if you can't physically see where it exits and can't ask the person who did it then that kinda just leaves the digging it up option.
fetzer85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2013, 02:57 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 97
Default

Sump discharge pipe(copper) exits mid wall


the exit is at the rear of the house so that eliminates to the curb or sewer. Long ago, our houses were septic systems but have since been converted to sewer. I imagine it probably just goes a ways out into the ground, but I'd still like to know for sure.
dwcopple is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2013, 03:08 PM   #5
Concrete & Masonry
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,690
Default

Sump discharge pipe(copper) exits mid wall


My house had one through the wall when I moved in. Also had one above grade for the winter months when the in-ground pipe froze, I assume. I lowered my pump substantially, which caused it to run for a few weeks almost non-stop. That huge amount of water created a wet spot in the gravel driveway, which soon led to water bubbling out of the ground. When I dug it up, it became clear that it was tied into an old field drain tile, which had become clogged. I guess the point is you never know where it's going for sure until you do a little digging......
jomama45 is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to jomama45 For This Useful Post:
concretemasonry (04-24-2013)
Old 04-24-2013, 03:45 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 97
Default

Sump discharge pipe(copper) exits mid wall


Quote:
Originally Posted by jomama45 View Post
I guess the point is you never know where it's going for sure until you do a little digging......
yeah, that's not gonna happen. I have a deck out back there. How far away is a typical septic/leaching field from a house?
dwcopple is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 05:29 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 6,867
Default

Sump discharge pipe(copper) exits mid wall


You do not want to run the sump pump outlet to a septic tank system!

That can cause an overload and drain backup.
__________________
Stop wasting time re-adjusting the pattern. Have several lawn sprinklers, one for each pattern.
AllanJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 06:13 AM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 97
Default

Sump discharge pipe(copper) exits mid wall


Quote:
Originally Posted by AllanJ View Post
You do not want to run the sump pump outlet to a septic tank system!

That can cause an overload and drain backup.
I am not, I have no idea where it is going. I thought you guys might know.
dwcopple is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 05:26 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,050
Default

Sump discharge pipe(copper) exits mid wall


Run a hose into it and see what gets wet outside.
Ghostmaker is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 06:24 PM   #10
Concrete & Masonry
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,690
Default

Sump discharge pipe(copper) exits mid wall


Try water dousing:


jomama45 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to Square a Wall or Layout for a Foundation BigJim How To Guides 2 01-31-2013 09:48 PM
Sump pump discharge set-up moneymgmt Plumbing 23 02-25-2012 11:46 PM
Configuration of 2 ball valves on Sump Discharge Line chsitko Plumbing 3 11-25-2010 09:13 AM
sump pit/pump questions aliasoink Building & Construction 8 03-02-2010 11:41 PM
Wall - LOAD BEARING: How to Move? user49172 Building & Construction 1 03-11-2009 04:48 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.