Sump Pump Concept Questions
1)I thought if the sump pump stopped working it would overflow the pit and I would have water in my utility room instead of the bedroom. Is my theory correct? It rained after that but not as much and we did not get any water in our basement. I am not sure if I should invest into a french drain.
- In theory, that is what should happen, but that depends on a number of factors. If your sump cover is sealed tight, water may not come through. Or, water may have filled just to the top edge and then it stopped raining. Therefore, there is head pressure because this level is above your drain pipes and that could be why your rear basement carpet got wet.
2)In the back of the house, I found what I thought was a storm drainage. It was right under my downspout. The drain pipe was closed so I unscrewed the plastic cap and bought a little extension for my downspout and stuck it in there. I am not sure why it was closed and maybe it was clogged and thats why the previous owner closed it off. How can I get it checked or see if its clogged?
- Typically, these drains do not dump into the sewer system, but instead, are routed to a location a distance form the house. You should locate the outlet, and once you do, just use a hose and spray water into it to see if water comes out the other end. I would imagine you could use a leaf blower and seal it good to blow out any debris.
3)The water from the sump pump is discharged right in front of the house. Should I extend this pipe or should there be a drainage system that the pipe should connect to?
- Yes, extend it as far away from the house as possible. You may want to dig a ditch to cover up the pipe extension.